In a move to lessen the environmental impact of its business, Bupa is conducting a world-wide study of its carbon footprint.
In measuring the impact a company has on the environment – through its carbon dioxide and other greenhouse-gas emissions into the atmosphere – the footprint analogy is very apt; as it's something we will leave behind for generations to come.
The idea of carbon footprints and sustainability is to focus throughout on introducing measures that genuinely deliver real reductions to environmental impact, as well as being commercially sustainable.
Ways of reducing carbon emissions can include green electricity contracts, energy saving measures and initiatives such as "Green Miles", which reduce business travel.
Before deciding how to reduce the carbon output, Bupa has to measure the current levels, at home and abroad.
Information being collected includes energy use, air miles in business travel, recycling and other local initiatives.
Part of the process includes welcoming ideas from customers and employees.
Later this year, the results will be used to decide what can be done to reduce the impact of Bupa on the environment.
Private medical insurance: News update: June 2007