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. We provide all team members with sustainability training, which is fully embedded into our in-person induction process.
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 has been certified upon completion by BREAAM as excellent or above. BREEAM is an internationally recognised certification that assesses the building’s specification, design, construction, and use for its environmental impact across 51 criteria. All existing care homes have also now been assessed and/or certified.
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 maintain our Greenmark Level 3 status.
We will continue to provide all team members with training on improving sustainability.
We will apply for B Corp accreditation in 2024.
We will give back at least 2000 hours of team time to local sustainability projects.
We will plant at least 1250 trees per annum.
We will develop and maintain biodiversity gardens in every home.
All our new homes will be designed with at least 25% of garden space dedicated to biodiversity from 2023.
We will continue to improve the efficiency of our procurement resulting in 25% less deliveries in 2024 compared to 2023.
We will continue to send zero waste to landfill.
The use of Hazardous chemicals will be reduced by 90% in 2024 compared to 2022.
We will only use FSC certified timber for all construction projects.
We will maintain our carbon neutral certification and work towards net zero.
We will reduce paper use across the business by 50% by the end of 2024 vs the start of 2023.
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.