Bupa UK signs the Waste to Wealth commitment

22 November 2018 . United Kingdom

Bupa UK is proud to be one of the first signatories of the new Waste to Wealth Commitment. This aims to double the UK’s resource productivity and eliminate avoidable waste by 2030.

Waste to wealth

Announced today at the Waste to Wealth Summit, an event run by Business in the Community – The Prince’s Responsible Business Network – Bupa UK is amongst 200 organisations to sign up to the commitment.

As part of our corporate responsibility and sustainability plan, we’re committed to minimising our impact on the environment, using resources in a sustainable way and reducing unnecessary waste.

By signing the Waste to Wealth Commitment, we recognise the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) conclusion from October 2018 that we only have 12 years to change our relationship with the resources we use to avoid catastrophic climate change and restore the health of our environment. As a signatory we commit to the following actions:

  1. Set targets to improve the productivity of resources that are key for our business.
  2. Work collectively towards doubling the nation’s resource productivity and reduce avoidable waste by 2030, contributing in the way that is most relevant to their business.
  3. Redesign how resources are used in our products, services and operations.
  4. Collaborate across our organisations, value chains and sectors.
  5. Reconvene and report on progress annually to share learning and demonstrate results.

David Hynam, Bupa UK CEO, said: “I’m proud we’ve signed up to the new Waste to Wealth commitment, launched today by HRH The Prince of Wales. As part of our UK corporate responsibility and sustainability plan we’re committed to minimising our impact on the environment – this pledge is key to this.”

Gudrun Cartwright, environment director at Business in the Community, said: “Bupa has demonstrated leadership and commitment to tackle systemic challenges by signing up to the Waste to Wealth Commitment.

“2030 is a critical year if we are to ensure we have an environment in which business and communities can flourish. The risks of inaction are enormous, but so too are the opportunities that could be created from a prosperous and resilient, low carbon economy. We must make the most out of precious resources, waste as little as possible and find ways of turning the waste we do create into new wealth.”

About Bupa

Bupa's purpose is helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives.

With no shareholders, our customers are our focus. We reinvest profits into providing more and better healthcare for the benefit of current and future customers.

Health insurance accounts for the major part of our business with 15.7m customers and contributes over 70% of revenue. We operate clinics, dental centres and hospitals in some markets, with 15m customers. We care for around 23,000 residents in our UK, Australia, New Zealand and Spain aged care businesses.

We directly employ around 80,000 people, principally in the UK, Australia, Spain, Poland, Chile, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Turkey, the US, Brazil, the Middle East and Ireland. We also have associate businesses in Saudi Arabia and India.

For more information, visit www.bupa.com.