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Hive Cleaning

Hive Cleaning is a commercial office cleaning company that prides itself on providing an extraordinary level of service and sustainable and ethical values. Within two years of working with the Planet Mark, Hive cut its carbon footprint in half.
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Highlights

Measure

Total location-based carbon footprint

Reporting Boundary: London head office (Flat 5, 3 Netherhall Gardens, London, NW3 5RN)

Emission sources: Electricity, transmission & distribution, natural gas, waste, fleet, paper

Reporting Period: 01 Jan 2020 – 31 Dec 2020

3.2 tCO2e

Total location-based carbon footprint per employee

0.5 tCO2e

Total market-based carbon footprint

1.8 tCO2e

Total market-based carbon footprint per employee

0.3 tCO2e

Engage

FTE employees

We engage our employees and wider stakeholders to unlock their talent and knowledge to drive year on year progress in sustainability.

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Communicate

UN Sustainable Development Goals

We recognise that transparent communication is essential for transformational change and we quantifiably contribute to 7 SDG’s.

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Certification story

Hive Cleaning, a commercial office cleaning company that prides itself on providing an extraordinary level of service and sustainable and ethical values, has achieved Planet Mark certification.

This is Hive Cleaning’s third year of business carbon footprint reporting and Planet Mark certification. Since certifying to Planet Mark, the company has set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually.

Hive Cleaning’s total carbon footprint in the year ending December 2020 was 3.2 tCO2e, an increase of 48%. Hive Cleaning’s total carbon per employee in the year ending 2020 was 0.5 tCO2e, an increase of 24%.  

  

Steve Malkin
Founder and CEO
Planet Mark
“It’s a great pleasure to work with Hive Cleaning over the past three years. The team has made some great steps forward in their sustainability journey, from the sourcing of their products to greening their business processes. Environmentalism is at the heart of what Hive Cleaning does, and it’s made clear to employees and customers alike. I look forward to seeing more carbon reductions in their future.”
Louis Beaumont
Managing Director
Hive Cleaning
“Sustainability has been at the heart of our business from the very beginning and we are 100% committed to decreasing our carbon emissions. This meant not only constantly reviewing and improving our operations and technologies, but also collaborating with our partners and clients, providing training for our staff and educating ourselves. Working with The Planet Mark was an excellent step in helping move forward on our journey towards Net Zero Carbon.”

Certification story

Louis added “We are pleased to have received our certification for the 3rd consecutive year, helping to review and focus our attention on where improvements can be made, and emissions reduced. We look forward to the future and our ongoing partnership with Planet Mark.” 

Hive Cleaning has always been determined to create a truly sustainable business with environmental stewardship and strong ethical values at its heart. Sourcing eco-friendly cleaning products instead of harsh chemicals, toilet paper made from bamboo, zero to landfill waste management, using green technologies, buying British, all help Hive Cleaning to be truly sustainable. The company also offers a popular initiative of adopting a beehive with every new contract. 
 

The cleaning industry is primed for sustainable change. Through taking close care of supply chains and becoming knowledgeable about the impacts of chemicals in cleaning supplies and their correct disposal, the industry and its clients can quickly become much more resilient to the coming impacts of climate change. As more businesses become more aware of the environmental impact of their supply chains, the cleaning industry will have to react accordingly to promote sustainable products and practices. 

Case study

Measure

Monitoring and recording their suppliers’ and partners’ sustainability aims has been an important exercise tool for Hive and has created more efficient relationships. Another key measurement for Hive, in addition to its carbon footprint, was the business’ social value contribution which provided a more holistic view of its impact on planet and society.  

Engage


Through workshops, engaging with environmental charities and promoting green technologies, Hive is encouraging sustainability within not only its own organisation but also among clients. Their ‘Adopt a Beehive’ scheme increases the urban bee population and is a fantastic way of getting clients engaged and empowered through sustainability and biodiversity issues.

Hive has adopted a sophisticated training programme with Planet Mark partner UhUb which covers all aspects of cleaning operations, including sustainability awareness. Everyone who works with Hive is given the tools and resources to implement sustainability practices in their everyday personal and professional lives.

Hive also conducts regular seminars on new practices and green technologies, which is reinforced through its in-house communication platform where sustainability topics can be discussed among the wider team.  

Communicate

Hive’s ethos and sustainability efforts is embedded into all its communication materials, including tenders, blogs, social media platforms and website. 

Hive have seen first-hand the power of communicating the benefits of sustainable products and practices, with many of its stakeholders adopting them for their own companies.  

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Hive Cleaning has achieved Carbon Neutral status.

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Future targets

Reduce carbon footprint by 5% annually

As part of the Planet Mark certification, Hive Cleaning has committed to making a year-on-year reduction.

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