The Planet Mark
Hive Cleaning awarded The Planet Mark Certification for committing to cut its carbon footprint
Hive Cleaning, a London-based bespoke commercial cleaning service, have proven their sustainability credentials by achieving certification to The Planet Mark sustainability programme.
Hive Cleaning was founded with the values of sustainability in mind: using only eco-friendly equipment, sourcing eco-friendly cleaning products instead of harsh chemicals, tissue paper products made from ultra-sustainable bamboo, zero to landfill waste management and where possible buying British. Certification to The Planet Mark strengthens the company’s position on sustainability by measuring and reducing its carbon footprint and engaging its stakeholders.
This is Hive’s first year of business carbon footprint reporting. It first calculated the carbon footprint of its London office operations for the year ending December 2018 and has set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually.
This year’s footprint includes emissions from natural gas and purchased electricity. Natural gas emissions account for 66% of total carbon emissions, and electricity accounts for 34%. After opening a second office in Hampstead in February 2019, we are be able to report on waste in the coming year and our 100% electric fleet emissions will also be tracked.
Louis Beaumont, MD of Hive says ‘’We always wanted Hive to be a company with strong environmental and ethical principles but were not sure how to demonstrate and measure this effectively to our customers and employees. So when we learned about The Planet Mark, it was an easy decision to connect with them and apply for the Environmental and Social Value certifications. Not only do we receive recognition certificates which we are very proud to display and share, but the process also taught us to think about our operations and activities in a more structured way. There were lots of things we were doing in the area of sustainability, but often without even realising it.The Planet Mark models help to give us greater structure and a clear path to measure our progress through qualitative and quantitative data in the aim to reduce our carbon footprint even more. Of course, an added bonus has been meeting so many like-minded people and friends with a common goal’’.
Steve Malkin, CEO & Founder of The Planet Mark commented; “We are delighted that Hive Cleaning has joined The Planet Mark community. Their longstanding commitment to sustainability is exemplary. What is most gratifying is the response from everyone in the business to make this happen, quickly and with such enthusiasm. Hive Cleaning epitomises how you can make positive contributions to society and the environment and enjoy the process. We’re delighted to have them onboard.”
Hive’s total carbon footprint in year ending December 2018 was 4.6 tCO2e and the relative carbon footprint was 1.5 tCO2e per employee, and 3.1 tCO2e per £m turnover.
Hive has also measured its Social Value contribution for the year ending December 2018. Social Value is the net social and environmental benefits generated by an organisation and its supply chain to society through its corporate and community activities. Hive’s Social Value contribution was £112,775, which represents 8% of its turnover. Hive reported on 14 Social Value measures with the top three contributors being employing local staff, having a local supply chain and investing in initiatives to improve employee wellbeing.
Hive’s first year certification to The Planet Mark is based on its commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability by measuring and reducing its carbon footprint and engaging its stakeholders. Certification to The Planet Mark also includes the protection of one acre of endangered rainforest, and an investment in the Eden Project to support education on climate change.
Recommendations Hive have been advised to implement include:
- Measurement of business travel and the promotion of public transport
- Conducting regular ‘energy audits’ to help identify where energy is used and potential wastage
- Carry out a waste management audit to understand the waste being produced, and the best route for it to take
- Conducting a water audit and awareness campaign about water usage