You can find out about local councils, and the investments of the local government pension scheme on our Divest Local Government pages.
UNISON have published a report to accompany their own campaign for councils to divest which you can download here.
Our partner organisation 350.org hold many general purpose resources for UK divestment campaigns. Visit their site to find posters, films, guidance on using the media, political tactics, and much more.
Here are some especially useful resources:
We are continuing to compile case studies of fossil fuel companies that hold significant investments from Scottish organisations:
Divestment isn’t just about local government. People in Scotland have been campaigning for fossil free universities, churches and more.
In 2015 we raised concerns about the investments of the Scottish Parliament pension fund. You can read about the investments of their fund in this blog. The issue was also covered in the news by the Ferret and Common Space.
It was revealed by the Independent in early 2017 that the UK Parliament pension fund was invested in fossil fuels. Since this time a number of MPs have pledged their support for this fund to go fossil free as part of the Divest Parliament campaign. When Scottish MP’s signed a motion supporting this effort in early 2016 Nicola Sturgeon spoke in Parliament to distance herself from divestment.
Students have been campaigning for Fossil Free universities since 2013 with the University of Glasgow the first university in Europe to pledge divestment. This campaign continues to be driven by student network People & Planet, who publish an annual league table that exposes university’s fossil fuel investments. NUS Scotland produced a briefing about Scottish universities investments with an accompanying campaign pack. In 2016 we celebrated almost half of Scotland’s universities pledging to divest and journalist Rob Edwards exposed Scottish universities continuing investments in fossil fuels. For more information visit Edinburgh University People & Planet and read the case for divestment submitted by Glasgow students.
A number of campaigns have questioned the role of fossil fuels in sponsoring the arts and major events in Scotland. The Edinburgh International Science Festival has received funds from a number of mining and oil and gas companies. In 2015 arts group BP or not BP protested at the Edinburgh International Festival leading to BP being dropped as a sponsor that winter: a major victory. The campaign went on to put pressure on the Portrait Gallery’s hosting of the BP Award.
Looking for more information about the investments of a public organisation? Run a Freedom of Information request using www.whatdotheyknow.com.