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Environment

We want to make sustainable thinking a way of life for our employees and pass the thinking on to our suppliers and customers. Every year we take part in the Carbon Disclosure Project, reporting on matters such as our energy consumption and recycling activities and we have shown consistent improvements year-on-year as a result of initiatives to reduce paper usage on printing and carbon emissions from travel and energy usage in our centres.

Paper and printing

Although our print production operations require around 1,000 tonnes of paper each year, we ensure that we only purchase paper from renewable, well-managed sources and require that all of our printers are certified either by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) or PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest). Wherever possible we also ask our printers to use vegetable, rather that oil, based inks.

In 2015, we recycled 64.35 tonnes of paper and books, which is then turned in to toilet paper and in the last year alone we generated over 320,000 toilet rolls from our recycling activities.

Carrier bags

We purchase approximately 100,000 carrier bags per year for our students. Previously these were plastic but are now made from cotton, non-GM, biodegradable material.

Computer recycling

When it comes to recycling, we don't just focus on paper and plastics, we also recycle hardware, including 276 desktops, laptops and servers in the last year, as well as donating unwanted computer equipment to charity for use in developing countries.

Energy savings

With so many premises and classrooms you can imagine the amount of energy we consume in lighting and heating! Between 2014 and 2015, with efforts put in to 'switching off' unused resources we managed to reduce our electricity usage by 25% per full time employee. And in 2015, we combined two of our main London offices in to one new and more energy efficient building in Highbury Islington, as a result reducing our energy usage by 50% in just one year.

An ethical approach to the supply chain

All of our suppliers are issued with our Corporate Ethical Policy. Compliance is monitored and is required as a condition of doing business with Kaplan. In practice, this means being sure that all suppliers conform to environment, health and safety and employment standards.

Fundraising

We are committed to supporting both local and national charities through our fundraising activities.

Volunteering

Creating a culture that encourages our employees to share their skills, expertise and resources.

Environment

Our mission is to reduce the impact of our business activities on the environment.

For more information about our Corporate Social Responsibility Programme contact
brighterfuture@kaplan.co.uk