We have a responsibility...
…to source, use and dispose of products and waste sustainably.
Oakland Care understands that how we source our supplies and dispose of our waste can have a huge impact on communities and the environment. Therefore, we have a responsibility to source, use and dispose of supplies sustainably.
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.
We have already achieved the Level 2 ‘Greenmark’ accreditation, which demonstrates our focus on sustainability throughout all operational areas of our business.
Working with suppliers
We are actively working with our suppliers to identify more sustainable alternative materials and opportunities to reduce their use. For example, our cleaning products which have zero harmful properties and have reduced plastic waste by 90%.
All of our food waste is recycled and we have invested in new pioneering technology that reduces the size of clinical waste that has to be sent to landfill.
By focusing on sourcing and using materials responsibly, we are supporting the following UN Sustainable Development Goal:
12 Responsible Consumption and Production
“Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.”
– Source: https://sdgs.un.org/goals/goal12
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
Caring for the environment and improving sustainability is a key focus for our Executive team.
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 been working with our residents to deliver biodiversity projects across our care homes.