Doing the right thing for the environment is a key priority at Oakland Care. Our strategy is led by our CEO and Sustainability Committee and is made up of leaders and team members from across the company. Our sustainability strategy and progress against this are reported and discussed on a monthly basis by the leadership team and Oakland Care board.
Our Sustainability Committee is working to ensure the right practices are in place and sustainability is at the forefront of all the conversions with have with our residents, professionals, suppliers and colleagues.
Our people are passionate about the environment and sustainability. We have developed training and engagement programmes to help empower them to play their part in delivering against our environmental focus areas.
Sustainable Construction & Growth
Oakland Care is a growing care provider with a pipeline of new care homes planned in coming years. Each of our new builds is carefully designed on an individual basis to ensure that it takes advantage of new opportunities to reduce its impact on the environment.
From 2022, each new build is certified upon completion by BREAAM, an internationally recognised certification which assesses the building’s specification, design, construction and use for its impact on the environment across 51 criteria and all of our existing care homes will have a certified BREAAM rating in place.
Ambitions & Targets
We are committed to setting science-based targets and becoming carbon net zero.
All of our construction projects to be certified minimum of ‘Excellent’ by BREAAM.
We will achieve Greenmark level 3 accreditation by end of 2022.
We will provide all team members with training on improving sustainability.
We will achieve ISO-14001 accreditation by end of 2023.
We will give back at least 1500 hours of staff time to local communities to volunteer with environmental projects.
We will plant at least 1000 trees per annum.
We will have biodiversity gardens in every home by the end of 2023.
All our new homes will be designed with at least 25% of garden space dedicated to biodiversity from 2023.
We will continue to reduce delivery miles for each home to achieve a total reduction of 50% by end of 2023 (compared to 2021).
We will reduce the volume of clinical waste in each home going to landfill by 50% (2023 vs 2021).
We will reduce plastic waste from chemicals by 90% by end of 2023.
All homes will only use cleaning chemicals that have zero hazardous properties by 2023.
We will only use FSC certified timber for all construction projects.
We will maintain our carbon neutral certification and work towards net zero.
Our Sustainability Journey
In 2021, Oakland Care became the first UK care home group to be certified as carbon neutral. Discover how we are investing in innovative projects throughout our business to reduce carbon emissions.
We have implemented high sustainability requirements through our tendering processes with suppliers to ensure that the supplies we procure are produced and delivered with a lower level of environmental impact.