Sustainability at the Crick Lab

The Francis Crick Institute aims to be scientifically leading in every sense, including our approach to sustainability.

In line with our commitment to being a world-leading centre for biomedical research and innovation, we acknowledge our moral duty to proactively manage the environmental risks and impacts associated with our work. As our science evolves and develops into exciting new fields of research, we will set new targets and monitor our success as we seek continual improvement in standards of sustainability.

The Crick has three sustainability aims:

  • To achieve best practice of stewardship of all our resources
  • To promote environmental sustainability and prevent environmental pollution
  • To continually improve environmental performance

To achieve our sustainability aims, we will:

1) Ensure that good sustainability practices are perceived as integral to the science and all supporting functions

We are committed to the development of future science leaders through scientific and biomedical training that also ensures competency in sustainability.

We promote environmental sustainability and prevent environmental pollution through the responsible selection, use, recycling and disposal of resources required for our activities.

We integrate the environmental risk assessment process into scientific planning and the development of procedures.

2) Promote a positive culture of best practice in sustainability

We develop and implement environmental sustainability plans that set targets to measure performance, enable continual improvements and promote sustainable initiatives.

3) Appropriately devolve responsibility for sustainability through the line management structure

Line managers are responsible for ensuring that staff under their management are provided with information, instruction, training and supervision in order to ensure competency in undertaking their work activities in a sustainable manner.

4) Ensure the competence of all staff and visiting workers at all levels of operation

We provide suitable training and guidance to enable lab-based employees to identify and implement environmentally sustainable practices into their day to day activities.

5) Be efficient and effective in sustainability management and ensure proper use of resources

We are mindful of the need to promote good stewardship of the resources provided for research and research support, both to maximise the use of our financial resources and for the protection of the environment.

6) Provide effective high-quality support for science through the Safety, Health and Sustainability (SHS) Directorate

Our SHS team works with colleagues throughout the organisation to embed sustainability into all areas of activity.


  • The Crick has three sustainability aims: to achieve best practice of stewardship of all our resources; to promote environmental sustainability and prevent environmental pollution; to continually improve environmental performance