Fossil fuel divestment promise of 3 years ago

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Dear University of Liverpool,

Although it is not listed on your webpage of meeting dates,[1] the Council minutes for 26 May 2022[2] state that the subsequent formal meeting was held on 14 July 2022.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, please may I be sent the following:

(1) The Agenda for this 14 July 2022 Council meeting
(2) Any documents containing a report by the Investment Sub-Committee that was received, presented or discussed at this meeting.

Note that I am not asking for the meeting minutes while the case of whether the “Please note that minutes of meetings are not published online until they have been formally approved by the Committee at its next meeting” is really a publication scheme under Section 22 given the frequency at which it is breached is being considered by the Information Tribunal.

The reason for this request can be found in the press release of 13 August 2019[3] and the Council minutes of 9 July 2019[4] where the University promised to divest from all fossil fuels companies by July 2022. I cannot find any justification for having to delay passing on these instructions to the fund manager for three years, but it is very likely that all of the students involved in this campaign were in three year degrees and have since left. This document should provide evidence that the University can make good on its promises, and as such should increase trust in the institution.

[1] https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/governance/c...
[2] 26 May 2022 Council minutes https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/media/livacu...
[3] https://news.liverpool.ac.uk/2019/08/13/...
[4] 9 July 2019 Council minutes https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/media/livacu...

Yours faithfully,

Julian Todd

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Dear Mr Todd

 

Please find attached the response to your request for information under
the Freedom of Information Act (our reference FOI/2223/042). 

 

Kind regards, Kirsty

 

Kirsty Rothwell
Freedom of Information Officer / Data Protection Co-ordinator
Legal & Governance

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Phonetic pronunciation of first name: kir-stee

University of Liverpool, Foundation Building, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool L69
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