Blueleaf, the nationwide business that helps care homes deliver better outcomes, has achieved the prestigious Planet Mark Business Certification demonstrating its commitment to building a sustainable business that better supports and serves its customers and employees.
In the 2022 assessment period, Blueleaf successfully reduced its annual carbon footprint by 12.8%, a figure achieved through various ongoing initiatives including a specific focus on reducing emissions associated with both waste and fleet travel. Blueleaf will be endeavoring to reduce its carbon emissions by at least 5% year-on-year.
Nick Frogbrook, Blueleaf’s CEO, says that independent verification of the business’ sustainability commitment is important: “As a business we are on a journey to reduce our environmental impact by implementing responsible business practices. Understanding where our emissions come from has helped us focus on where we can make the biggest impact, and while in many ways we are still at the beginning of our journey, the Planet Mark Certification is evidence of the progress we have already made.”
By measuring and reducing its carbon Footprint with the Planet Mark Certification scheme, Blueleaf can directly and measurably contribute towards nine of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals which are the blueprint for a more sustainable future for all. The company is also committed to protecting an area of endangered rainforest thanks to its association with Cool Earth – a charity working alongside rainforest communities to halt deforestation. Its pledge goes directly towards supporting the Asáninka community in Central Peru.
Nick says that Blueleaf will also be focusing on shaping its own actions to support its customers and the wider care home sector: “We know care home businesses will be looking at their supply chain and that we contribute to their Scope 3 emissions,” he explains. “So we are looking at tangible ways to reduce them.
“We’ll continue to evaluate our product portfolio and will introduce new – more sustainable – product lines. We will also be providing full transparency on the packaging that is used on product orders and we are working on a new reporting platform to provide emissions data to customers so that they can make more informed choices.”
Blueleaf shared its ambitions to delegates of the Global Ageing Conference in Glasgow at the beginning of September, and more announcements will follow over the coming months.