How the fossil fuel and arms corporations finance professional engineering and science organisations
Authors: Stuart Parkinson and Philip Wood
Published: October 2019
Publisher: Scientists for Global Responsibility
This report reveals a previously unrecognised pattern of financial links between the fossil fuel and arms industries on the one hand, and some of the UK’s leading professional engineering and science organisations on the other. The links revealed include funding and branding of school education programmes, sponsorship of prestige conferences and dinners, investments, major donations, and corporate membership. The professional organisations that received the most significant funding from these controversial industries were the Royal Academy of Engineering, EngineeringUK and the Energy Institute.
It shows that some of the most influential professional engineering and science organisations prominently and, at times, preferentially promoted the fossil fuel and arms sectors. This is despite these industries having serious ethical shortcomings, such as failing to take the necessary scale of action to reduce carbon emissions or continuing to export weapons that fuel conflict and human rights abuses.
2021 updates on progress
The Geological Society
Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3)
The IOM3 did not respond.
Institute of Physics
Royal Meteorological Society
Updated report on Royal Meteorological Society (August 2021)
The Royal Meteorological Society responded to SGR in late August and we updated the report to acknowledge that the Royal Meteorological Society does not invest in fossil fuels.
Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng)
Updated report on Royal Academy of Engineering (March 2022)
Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE)
Updated report on Energy Institute (March 2022)
Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)