Responsible Business

Interface is committed to our responsible business aims, which underpin all our activity.  Achieving Net Zero. Promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Delivering Social Value

Our focus is directly aligned with the Scottish Government’s National Performance Framework and in support of the Scottish Funding Council’s Strategic Framework 2019-2022 that “research and innovation changes lives for the better, enriches society and supports sustainable and inclusive economic growth”.

All industry led challenges that are scoped into project briefs include a series of questions about how the proposed project matches our responsible business themes. When projects have these themes at their core, they deliver societal benefits both regionally and nationally. These are wide-ranging and include health improvements, environmental protection, supporting communities, delivering education, helping young people, supporting international development and alleviating poverty.

Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion is at the heart of Interface’s service and is embodied in the Interface values of ‘Ambitious, Inclusive, Exceptional, Genuine and Ethical’. Interface’s inclusive approach welcomes businesses and third sector organisations of all sizes and our regional delivery across Scotland means that no one and nowhere is left behind when it comes to accessing innovation support.


Net Zero is embedded in Interface’s strategy and policies via our focus on responsible business, reducing our organisational carbon footprint through sustainable working practices and our ongoing commitment to support UN Sustainable Development Goals. As an organisation Interface is doing everything we can to progress as a climate-conscious organisation including participating in the University of Edinburgh (our hosting institution) Sustainability Framework. Through this, Interface is supporting the University of Edinburgh’s Climate Strategy, which commits the University to become zero carbon by 2040.