Responsible Futures is certification of a whole institution’s commitment to social responsibility and sustainability (SRS), spanning the formal and informal curriculum, applicable to both further and higher education. The Responsible Futures certification indicates the institution has an enabling environment for SRS to thrive, rather than an endpoint. SRS covers not only looks at environmental sustainability but wider society in relation to ethics, wellbeing, social justice, global citizenship and moral responsibility.
Depending on the number of criteria the institution completes, they can achieve either: a working towards Responsible Futures or Responsible Futures Accreditation. Having participating in Responsible Futures this year the institution will need an audit to verify their level of achievement.
The University of Worcester and Worcester Students’ Union were one of just 13 pilot institutions which help set up RF in 2012. In 2015 we scored an impressive 234.5/260 to obtain the accreditation for the last three years. In 2018-19 we had to be audited again to receive our reaccreditation for Responsible Futures, on this occasion we scored 267/330. Our next audit will be in April 2020.
For more information about responsible Futures please contact Worcester SU President Meg Price, or the Director of Sustainability for the University, Katy Boom