The Planet Mark
Early Years Day Nursery Childbase turns a deeper shade of green with The Planet Mark certification
The award-winning Childbase Partnership, which was rated ‘the gold standard for business excellence’ in the prestigious European Business Awards 2018 has committed to reducing its carbon footprint with The Planet Mark sustainability certification.
In achieving certification, Childbase has become the first Nursery and employee-owned organisation to be awarded The Planet Mark for measuring its carbon footprint. An achievement commended by Steve Malkin, CEO and founder; “The team at Childbase have fostered an intrinsic sense of environmental and social accountability across the organisation. The breadth of their CSR initiatives is outstanding and is reflected in the vast number of awards and accreditations they have achieved. The team has chosen to go even further by reducing their own business carbon footprint and achieving The Planet Mark. This is outstanding work by a really dedicated team of people.”
Mark Bird, Childbase Partnership Health, Safety and Environment Director at Childbase, described the achievement as a significant step forward in the company’s decades-long commitment to best environmental practice; “With certification and our ambitious carbon reduction targets, we are going beyond mere compliance and clearly demonstrating a very real commitment to protecting the planet and securing the best possible future for our children. We are committed to giving children the best possible future and this goes hand-in-hand with addressing the impact our business has on the environment. We made the commitment with The Planet Mark to reduce our carbon footprint alongside our other sustainability projects focused on environmental education, ethical food sourcing and waste reduction.”
Childbase, which has been a Sunday Times top UK workplace for over a decade, has been powered by electricity from renewable sources since 2000 and diverts all its nappy waste away from landfill. “Sustainability as long been a corporate pillar at Childbase Partnership, and we have long-standing relationships with renewable energy providers and ethical waste handlers. Organisations must take sustainability into consideration if they are to survive and thrive as we are facing very real threats,” Mark indicated.
The company has achieved ‘Food for Life Served Here’ accreditation for its ethically-sourced and environmentally-friendly, home cooked meals, and holds 13 prestigious ‘Green Flags’ (2018) in the international Eco-Schools Programme, recognizing exceptional environmental awareness and conservation
All company food waste is recycled in specialist anaerobic digestion facilities, and in nursery composting bins, which support vegetable and herb growing beds in gardens. Currently 13 Childbase Partnership nurseries have achieved the top ‘Green Flag’ award in the international Eco-Schools scheme recognising exceptional environmental awareness and conservation while the remainder have either Bronze or Silver Awards.
Childbase achieved certification to The Planet Mark four months before the practice becomes mandatory under new government legislation. Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR), comes into this month, requiring businesses with more than 250 employees and an annual turnover of £36+ million, or an annual balance sheet of £18+ million, to report their UK energy use, efficiency measures and emissions from the use of gas, fleet vehicle fuel , waste, travel, and products.
- European Business Awards 2018: Chairman’s Selection Award; UK winner ‘The Workplace and People Development Award’ and UK ‘One to Watch’.
- UK Employee Experience Awards 2018: Silver: ‘Transforming Employee Engagement’.
- UK Employee Owned Business of the Year 2016/2017
- One of only 160 UK companies to be rated ‘Extraordinary’ in 2017 by Best Companies
- Top for Quality amongst large providers and close second overall – Nursery World Magazine League table 2017.
- UK ‘National Champion’ 2016 – European Business Awards.
- ‘Top 100 Apprentice Employer – Centrica Awards 2016
- A ‘Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For’ for 11 years; ‘Best for Giving Something Back’ (2016) and ‘Best for Wellbeing’ (2014) special awards.