Ethical Employers Contacts List

The organisations listed provide one or more of the following:

  • employment for scientists and engineers in an area considered ‘ethical’
  • training courses for scientists and engineers in areas considered ‘ethical’
  • specific information concerning employment in the ‘ethical’ area in which they work.
     

If you think your organisation deserves to be in this list, please send an email including your organisation’s contact details to info@sgr.org.uk

N.B. It is important for prospective employees or students to check that any organisation to whom you might apply for a job or course is ‘ethical’ as you yourself define it. Everyone has a different definition of ‘ethical’, hence SGR cannot guarantee that any organisation listed here conforms to everyone’s personal definition.

Since SGR is a UK organisation, the main focus of this list is on UK employers etc. However, there is also a small International Section.
 


Index


N.B. Some organisations work in more than one of the areas listed - so we have placed them under the heading we consider best categorises their main activities.
 


Biological Sciences


ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (CESAGen)
Institute for Advanced Studies
County South
Lancaster University
Lancaster
LA1 4YD

Web: http://www.cesagen.lancs.ac.uk

CESAGen bring together natural and social scientists to research the economic, social and ethical consequences of genomic and genetic science.

Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research
Suite 8
Portmill House
Portmill Lane
Hitchin
Hertfordshire
SG5 1DJ

Web: http://www.drhadwentrust.org.uk

• Research and campaigning organisation specialising in non-animal research. Can provide information on research groups working in UK in this area.

Garden Organic
Coventry
Warwickshire
CV8 3LG

Web: http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk

• Research centre which specialises in organic farming

GeneWatch UK
60 Lightwood Road
Buxton
Derbyshire
SK17 7BB

Web: http://www.genewatch.org

• Provide detailed background information on ethical issues in genetics. Employs a small number of scientists.
 


Cleaner Technologies (see also Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency)


Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT)
Machynllenth
Powys
SY20 9AZ

Web: http://www.cat.org.uk

Non-profit organisation employing scientists and engineers on a broad range of cleaner technology projects. Also runs postgraduate courses, training courses for professionals, short public courses, school visits, a visitor
centre and an online ethical shop.

Interface Fabrics Ltd
Shelf Mills
Shelf
Halifax
West Yorkshire
HX3 7PA

Web: http://www.interfaceglobal.com/careers/

Employs scientists and engineers in the production of carpets using recycled and environmentally friendly materials. Has plants and offices in the UK and USA.

Rail Research UK- Association
RRUK-A Secretariat
Southampton Railway Systems Research (SR2)
Lanchester 5057
University of Southampton
Southampton
SO17 1BJ

Web: http://www.rruka.org.uk

A partnership between British Rail Industries and UK Universities, which was set up in 2010. It supports and facilitates railway research in academia and identifies opportunities for research and development applications in railway science and engineering.

Transport for London
55 Broadway
London
SW1H 0BD

They recognise the importance of sustainability in the way they work which involves maximising the environmental, social and economic benefits of their operations, while minimising the negative impacts. In this way they can help to provide a better quality of life for Londoners. Student placements and graduate recruitment opportunities are available.

 


Climate Change (see also Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency)


Climate Research Unit
School of Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Science
University of East Anglia
Norwich
NR4 7TJ

Web: http://www.cru.uea.ac.uk/

• Carries out research and postgraduate teaching on climate change science and impacts.

Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research
Met Office
FitzRoy Road
Exeter
Devon
EX1 3PB

Web: http://www.met-office.gov.uk/research/hadleycentre/

• UK government research laboratory specialising in understanding the physical, biological and chemical processes of climate change, and estimating future effects.

Tyndall Centre
Zucherman Institute for Connective Environmental Research
University of East Anglia
Norwich

NR4 7TJ

Web: http://www.tyndall.ac.uk/

• National network of university research centres who focus on tackling climate change. The contact details are for the lead institution.
 


Environment and Sustainable Development


BioRegional Development Group
BedZED Centre
24 Helios Road

Wallington
Surrey
SM6 7BZ

Web: http://www.bioregional.com/

Non-profit organisation employing scientists and engineers on a broad range of sustainable development projects, including the BedZED environmentally-friendly building project in south London.

Centre for Environmental Strategy
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
University of Surrey
Guildford

GU2 7XH

Web: http://www.ces-surrey.org.uk  

Carries out research and postgraduate teaching across wide range of sustainable development issues. Specialisms include life-cycle assessment and cleaner technology.

Centre for Human Ecology
The Melting Pot
5 Rose Street
Edinburgh
EH2 2PR

Web: http://www.che.ac.uk

Carries out research and runs courses across a range of sustainable development issues.

Centre for the Study of Environmental Change and Sustainability
The University of Edinburgh
Crew Building
Edinburgh
EH9 3JN

Web: http://www.geos.ed.ac.uk/

Research centre promoting interdisciplinary research from departments throughout the University of Edinburgh . Research is focussed on the impacts of climate change , waste management, soil remediation, sustainable urban development, public perception, risk analysis, environmental impacts and environmental knowledge management.

Centre for Sustainable Development
University of Westminster
35 Marylebone Road
London
NW1 5LS

Web: http://home.wmin.ac.uk/cfsd/

• Provides a forum for collaborative research initiatives and supports joint working between researchers and
academics from diverse research disciplines.  Hosts an university wide interdisciplinary research network.

Centre for Sustainable Development
Department of Engineering
Trumpington Street
Cambridge
CB2 1PZ

Web: http://www-g.eng.cam.ac.uk/sustdev

• Introduces the concept of sustainability into all undergraduate engineering courses. They offer a one year, full time taught MPhil in Engineering and Sustainable Development, and access a research community covering a wide variety of sustainability development issues. 

Environmental Change Institute
School of Geography and the Environment
South Parks Road
Oxford
OX1 3QY

Web: http://www.eci.ox.ac.uk/

• Research centre whose work covers seven main areas: Biodiversity , Climate Change , Conservation Practice, Energy , Human Ecology , Land Degradation and Water .

ERM Consultants
(London Office)
2nd Floor Exchequer Court
33 Mary Axe
London
EC3A 8AA

Web: http://www.erm.com/

Large consultancy employing scientists and engineers on environmental management projects. Has 4 offices in UK and others in USA & Asia. Works a lot with multinational businesses.

Forum for the Future
Overseas House
19-23 Ironmonger Row
London EC1V 3QN

Web: http://www.forumforthefuture.org.uk

Non-profit organisation which runs projects on sustainable development, working with business, government and the voluntary sector.

Global Action Plan
9-13 Kean Street
London
WC2B 4AY

Web: http://www.globalactionplan.org.uk

Independent charity committed to encouraging people to be more environmentally sustainable.

The Green Directory
58 Kingley Close
Wickford
Essex
SS12 0EN

Web: http://www.environmentjobs.com/

• Directory of environmental organisations in the UK. It also lists current vacancies.

Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)
15 Queen Anne's Gate
London
SW1H 9BU

Web: http://www.ieep.eu

• An independent, not-for-profit research centre for the analysis and development of environmental and related policies in Europe . It has offices in London and Brussels.

Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience
Department of Geography
Durham University
Durham
DH1 3LE

Web: www.dur.ac.uk/ihhr

• Specialise in researching how and why physical and social hazards occur. The focus is on developing innovative methods to manage risk in a changing world. Masters level training and graduate programmes are available.

Interdisciplinary Centre for the Environment and Society
University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park
Colchester
CO4 3SQ

Web: http://www2.essex.ac.uk/ces/

Research centre, one of whose main focuses is environmental issues related to agriculture.

Lancaster Environment Centre
Lancaster University
Lancaster
LA1 4YQ

Web: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/depts/lec

• An interdisciplinary research centre whose researchers are drawn from disciplines across the natural and applied sciences, humanities, management sciences and engineering.

School for Health and Social Science
Admissions
Middlesex University
The Burroughs
Hendon
London
NW4 4BT

Web:http://www.mdx.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/Environment/environment_sustainable_development.aspx

• Offering postgraduate courses in environmental and sustainable development issues.

Schumacher College
The Old Postern
Dartington
Totnes
Devon
TQ9 6EA


Web: http://www.schumachercollege.org.uk/

• Runs residential short and post graduate courses and other events across a wide range of sustainable development issues.

Stockholm Environment Institute (York Centre)
Grimston House
University of York
Heslington
York
YO10 5DD

Web: http://www.york.ac.uk/sei/

An independent international research institute engaged in environmental and development issues at local, national, regional and global policy levels. Their goal is to bring about change for sustainable development by bridging science and policy.
 


Information Technology (IT)


Aptivate
The Humanitarian Centre
Fenner's
Gresham Road
Cambridge
CB1 2ES

Web: http://www.aptivate.org/

Not-for-profit organisation that works in the overlapping sectors of IT, participation and international development. Supports other non-profits in IT development and facilitation, and carries out capacity building and self-started programs to support universal access to ICT resources.

Association for Progressive Communications (APC)
APC Executive Director's Office
PO Box 29755
Melville 2109
South Africa

Web: http://www.apc.org/

  APC helps people get access to the internet where there is none or it is unaffordable. They help grassroots groups use the technology to develop their communities and further their rights, and they work to make sure that government policies related to information and communication serve the best interests of the general population, especially people living in developing countries.

Canonical
Canonical Group Ltd
27th Floor Millbank Tower
21-24 Millbank
London
SW1P 4PQ

Web: http://www.canonical.com/about-canonical/careers

•  Creating software platforms that are free to use, share and develop - for example, Ubuntu. They have offices in the Isle of Man, London, Boston USA, Montreal and Taipai (Taiwan).

Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility
Faculty of Computer Sciences and Engineering
De Montford University
The Gateway Leicester
LE1 9BH

Web: http://www.ccsr.cse.dmu.ac.uk/about/contacts.html

• A leader in research and education in the ethical and social issues related to information and communications
technologies. Their experts work with a range of worldwide partners assessing implications and shaping codes of practice.

GreenNet
Development House
56-64 Leonard Street
London EC2A 4LT

Web: http://www.gn.apc.org/jobs

Supports a progressive community working for peace, the environment, gender equality and social justice, through the use of information communication technologies (ICTs). They also advertise job vacancies within GreenNet and APC (see above) and the wider community.
 


International Development and Poverty Alleviation


Development Technology Unit
School of Engineering
University of Warwick
Coventry

CV4 7AL

Web: http://www.eng.warwick.ac.uk/dtu/

R&D centre which focuses on the development and transfer of technologies appropriate to rural areas of tropical countries. It also studies "bottom up" industrialisation in those countries. Its programmes cover areas such as building materials, landmine clearance and water technologies. It runs a degree course and postgraduate programmes.

Engineers Without Borders
EWB.UK
c/o The Humanitarian Centre
Fenner's
Gresham Road
Cambridge
CB1 2ES

Web: http://www.ewb-uk.org/

Provides basic training/ internships for student engineers in poverty alleviation projects in developing countries.

Institute of Development Studies
University of Sussex
Brighton

BN1 9RE

Web: http://www.ids.ac.uk/ids

Leading global organisation for research, teaching and communications on international development.

Institute of Irrigation and Development Studies
School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
University of Southampton
Southampton
SO17 1BJ

http://www.civil.soton.ac.uk/research/researchcentre/researchlist.asp?ResearchCentreID=18

Multidisciplinary postgraduate centre within the School of Civil Engineering and the Environment at
Southampton University. Includes teaching, research, consulting and training nationally and internationally.

Intermediate Technology Consultants (ITC)
The Schumacher Centre for Technology & Development
Bourton-on-Dunsmore

Rugby
Warwickshire

CV23 9QZ

Web: http://www.itdg.org/home.html

ITC is a commercial consultancy which employs engineers and scientists to work on projects (eg clean energy, sustainable agriculture) to help the poorest in developing countries.

Practical Action
The Schumacher Centre for Technology & Development
Bourton-on-Dunsmore
Rugby
Warwickshire
CV23 9QZ

Web: http://www.practicalaction.org/

Practical Action aims to demonstrate and advocate the sustainable use of technology to reduce poverty in developing countries. It works directly in four regions of the developing world – Latin America, East Africa, Southern Africa and South Asia, with particular concentration on Peru, Kenya, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.

RedR London
250a Kennington Lane
London
SE11 5RD

Web: http://www.redr.org/london

Their mission is to relieve suffering caused by disasters by selecting, training and providing competent and committed personnel to humanitarian programmes world-wide. They organise training courses for relief workers of all disciplines that are widely recognised by humanitarian aid agencies and can also count towards formal schemes of Continuing Professional Development. They have offices all over the world - see their website

School of International Development
Faculty of Social Sciences
University of East Anglia
Norwich
NR4 7TJ

Web: www.uea.ac.uk/dev/contact

A multi and interdisciplinary research and teaching environment covering social, political, natural and environmental sciences and economics for those committed to 'making a difference' in international development.

SciDev.Net
9-11 Richmond Buildings
London
W1D 3HF

Web: http://www.scidev.net/jobs

Not-for-profit company providing news, information and analysis about science and technology for the developing world. They also regularly list job vacancies in this sector.

Voluntary Services Overseas
Carlton House
27A Carlton Drive
Putney
London
SW15 2BS

Web: http://www.vso.org.uk

• Places volunteer professionals in international development work, including scientists, engineers and teachers. 
 


International (non-UK) Organisations


Environmental Education Directory

Web: http://www.enviroeducation.com/

Provides a guide and index to environmentally related departments/courses in universities/colleges in the USA, UK and elsewhere in the world.

Environmental Careers Organisation

Web: http://www.eco.org/

Provides information, advice and opportunities in the environmental sector in the USA.

Green Energy Jobs

Web: http://www.greenenergyjobs.com/

International job site for the renewable energy sector.

International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility (INES)
Schutzenstrasse 6a
D-10117 Berlin
Germany

Web: http://www.inesglobal.com

International organisation of scientists and engineers (individuals and organisations) aiming for the abolition of nuclear weapons, the promotion of responsible and sustainable use of science and technology and the implementation of ethical principles in the education of scientists and engineers. Has member organisations, which employ scientists and campaigners, in over 30 countries .

Renewable Energy Jobs

Web: http://www.renewableenergyjobs.com/

• Web-based employment agency for the global renewable energy sector.
 


Miscellaneous


Future Considerations
Unit 17
142 Battersea Park Road
London
SW11 4NB

Web: http://www.futureconsiderations.com

London-based consulting and training firm working with UK and international corporations, local and national government, and charities in Corporate Responsibility, Values based Leadership, Diversity, and Change Management.
 


Peace and Disarmament


Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies
The Enterprise Centre ECG.2
Coventry University Technology Park
Puma Way
Coventry
CV1 2TT

Web: http://www.coventry.ac.uk/researchnet/d/224/a/865 

•A centre of research and learning with a view to gaining a deeper understanding of the processes of peace and reconciliation and the promotion of this worldwide.

Dept of Peace Studies
School of Social and International Studies
University of Bradford
Bradford

West Yorks
BD7 1DP

Web: http://www.brad.ac.uk/acad/peace/

•Carries out research into a wide range of issues concerned with bringing about a more peaceful world.

International Alert
346 Clapham Road
London
SW9 9AP

• Independent peacebuilding organisation that works in over 20 countries around the world.  They also offer training courses.

Medical Action for Global Security (Medact)
The Grayston Centre
28 Charles Square
London

N1 6HT

Web: http://www.medact.org

• Research and campaigning organisation focussed on the health dimensions of global issues, including conflict.

The Praxis Centre
Leeds Metropolitan University
Innovation North
Priestly Hall
Headingley Campus
Leeds
LS6 3QS

Web: http://praxis.leedsmet.ac.uk/praxis/

Carries out research and postgraduate teaching on peace, conflict resolution and security - especially in areas such as the militarization of space, non-lethal weapons and technologies for political control.

The Richardson Institute for Peace and Conflict Research
Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion
County South
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
LA1 4YL

Web: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/centres/richinst/

• The oldest peace research centre in the UK - offers courses and research on a wide variety of peace and conflict issues.

VERTIC (Verification Research, Training and Information Centre)
Development House
56-64 Leonard Street
London EC2A 4LT

Web: http://www.vertic.org/

• Independent organisation promoting effective implementation of international agreements, especially on arms control. It maintains the Verification Organizations Directory (VOD), listing organisations around the world that are involved in verification-related activities in arms control and disarmament. Runs an Internship programme.
 


Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (see also Cleaner Technology)


Association for Decentralised Energy
6th Floor,
10 Dean Farrar Street,
London SW1H 0DX

Web: https://www.theade.co.uk/

• Trade association which promotes local, efficient, low carbon energy. Its member organisations include energy specialists who employ scientists and engineers in this field.

Green Dragon Energy
Ebertystrasse 23
10249 Berlin
Germany

Web: http://www.greendragonenergy.co.uk

Specialising in courses and seminars on renewable energy. They also run training courses in the design and installation of renewable energy systems.

Imperial Centre for Energy Policy and Technology (ICEPT)
Centre for Environmental Policy
309 Mechanical Engineering Building
Imperial College London
South Kensington Campus
Exhibition Road
London
SW7 2AZ

Web: www3.imperial.ac.uk/icept

Research centre focusing on technologies and policies related to energy and the environment.

Renewable Energy Association
Capital Tower
91 Waterloo Road
London
SE1 8RT

Web: http://www.r-e-a.net/jobs

REA is a trade association that represent hundreds of companies across the renewable energy sector in the UK. Their website also advertises vacancies within these companies.

RenewableUK (formerly British Wind Energy Association)
Greencoat House
Francis Street
London
SW1P 1DH

Web: http://www.bwea.com/jobs/index.html

• Trade and professional body for the UK wind and marine renewable industries. Their website also lists job vacancies in this sector.

Solar Century
91-94 Lower Marsh
Waterloo
London
SE1 7AB

Web: http://www.solarcentury.co.uk/

Environmental business which employs engineers to install solar panels (photovoltaic) for homes and businesses.

Solar Trade Association
The National Energy Centre
Davy Avenue

Knowlhill
Milton Keynes
MK5 8NG

Web: http://www.solar-trade.org.uk/

Trade association which promotes the use of solar energy (mainly for heating). Its 120 member organisations employ scientists and engineers in this field.

Solar Twin Ltd
2nd Floor
50 Watergate Street
Chester
CH1 2LA

Web: http://www.solartwin.com/

Environmental business which employs engineers to install solar-heating kits in the home.

Sustainable Energy Research Group
School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
University of Southampton
Highfield
Southampton
SO17 1BJ

Web: http://www.energy.soton.ac.uk/

Focuses on engineering research on the efficient use of energy and renewable energy, especially related to the built environment.

Wind Prospect
7 Berkeley Square
Clifton
Bristol
BS8 1HG
England

Web: http://www.windprospect.com

Developer of wind farms in UK, Ireland and Australia