Financial relationships the college holds with the alcohol industry & support by the college for alcohol harm support services.

Megan Driver made this Freedom of Information request to Homerton College, Cambridge

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Dear Homerton College, Cambridge,

This is a formal request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I am writing to request information on the financial relationships the college holds with the alcohol industry and the support by the college for alcohol harm support services.

Please include the following information:

1. A portfolio statement of the alcohol production, alcohol trade and alcohol sales organisations in which Homerton College holds direct or indirect investments, if any, specifying how many shares/bonds/assets are held and their approximate value.

2. A statement of the organisations which provide or fund alcohol harm support services in which Homerton College holds direct or indirect investments, or to which Homerton College has made donations within the last five financial years, if any, specifying how many shares/bonds/assets are held, and/or how many donations have been made, and their approximate value.

3. A statement of the charitable activities relating to alcohol harm support services have been undertaken by Homerton College within the last five years, if any.

Please provide an index of relating documents.

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Thank you very much for your assistance with this request. If you would like any clarification on the information I have asked for, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Yours faithfully,

Megan Driver

HOM Foi, Homerton College, Cambridge

Dear Megan

Further to your recent Freedom of Information request in answer to your questions:

1. A portfolio statement of the alcohol production, alcohol trade and alcohol sales organisations in which Homerton College holds direct or indirect investments, if any, specifying how many shares/bonds/assets are held and their approximate value.

Homerton College does not own any investments, directly or indirectly in organisations that are involved in alcohol production, alcohol trade and alcohol sales as their primary activity. Tracking by our investment managers suggests that about .1% of our investment portfolio under management is directly invested in companies that have some basis of alcohol/advertising sales such as airlines and cable companies and .4% of the equity funds is invested in such companies across 5 funds.

2. A statement of the organisations which provide or fund alcohol harm support services in which Homerton College holds direct or indirect investments, or to which Homerton College has made donations within the last five financial years, if any, specifying how many shares/bonds/assets are held, and/or how many donations have been made, and their approximate value.

None

3. A statement of the charitable activities relating to alcohol harm support services have been undertaken by Homerton College within the last five years, if any.

None

If you would like to discuss this further please let me know.

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request an internal review of this decision, you should contact us at the address below. Homerton College would normally expect to receive your request for an internal review within 40 working days of the date of this letter and reserves the right not to review a decision where there has been undue delay in raising a complaint. If you are not content with the outcome of your review, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the Information Commissioner cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the College. The Information Commissioner may be contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF (https://ico.org.uk/)

Yours sincerely
FOI Officer
Homerton College

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