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Environment

Energy savings

With so many premises and classrooms you can imagine the amount of energy we consume in air conditioning and lighting! Where it has been feasible, standard lighting in our buildings has been changed for low energy LED lamps. Newer Kaplan building refurbishments, at Spring House in Islington, London and Universal Square in Manchester, have also benefited from 100% ultra low energy LED lighting systems. We also promote 'switching off' equipment when not in use, which has helped reduce our energy usage by 25%.

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.

On average each year we recycle 64.35 tonnes of paper and books, which is then turned into toilet paper. 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.

Waste management

The waste management of most Kaplan locations is provided by the buildings' landlords. Our property team regularly review each site to ensure they are maintained, well-sourced and within local government targets for waste management and disposal.

At our two largest sites in London, Spring House and Borough High Street, our waste management provider's Green credentials guarantee waste is not sent to landfill. Instead, it is used to generate electricity and heat for over 100,000 businesses and homes every year. The current statistics for our waste management company are:
Reused 64%
Recycled 36%
Landfill 0%

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