DIV17/07: Diversey Care Becomes Eco-Schools England Headline Partner (14 February 2017)

Issue Date: 14 February 2017
Ref: DIV17/07

Diversey Care Becomes Eco-Schools England Headline Partner
New initiative to help schools achieve sustainability objectives

Diversey Care has become the headline partner of Eco-Schools England, and with it becomes part of the largest environmental schools programme in the world. Under this new commitment, Diversey Care will offer advice and support on sustainable cleaning and wider sustainability topics to schools that want to achieve and maintain Eco-Schools accreditation. This will include bespoke materials for pupils and staff and online resources available from a dedicated website at www.eco-schools.org.uk/eco-schools-partners/diversey/

Eco-Schools empowers pupils to make positive change with a highly focused programme that provides a framework for learning and action. Schools follow a simple seven-step process, based around nine core topics, to achieve a sustainability accreditation. In England, the programme is operated by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. More than 18,000 schools participate and 1,150 of these currently hold the highest level of award, the Eco-Schools Green Flag. 

Globally more than 16 million children attend an Eco-School in 64 different countries. The programme was established in 1994 in response to the 1992 UN Rio Earth Summit.

Environmental stewardship is deeply embedded in Diversey Care’s culture and is one of its core values. The company develops and sells all of its products with this in mind. It offers market-leading ultra-concentrated products and controlled dosing systems that minimise waste and has been offering eco-labelled products for more than 20 years. This commitment to the environment was demonstrated by it being the first commercial cleaning product supplier to sign the voluntary, independently certified AISE Charter for Sustainable Cleaning. In 2008 the company was the first in the cleaning industry to join the World Wildlife Fund’s Climate Savers programme.

The company also has a strong heritage of serving the education sector and understands that cleaning and hygiene does not need to be complicated; it is about the right products for the right task at the right time and price. Diversey Care has collaborated with schools for three decades, working through many legislative changes, to provide highly effective solutions that allow them to do more with less.

Lindsay Childerhouse, Eco-Schools project leader at Diversey Care in the UK, says: “Supporting Eco-Schools is a natural extension of our commitment to sustainability and working with schools and the community,” “Improving the efficacy of cleaning chemicals and efficiency of equipment is what we do. We’ll use our long-standing experience in cleaning and hygiene to help schools improve sustainable processes, achieve their Eco-Schools programme objectives and secure a Green Flag Award. We’ll also work with the Eco-Schools team to help them identify opportunities to develop the programme.”

Tim Knappett, Eco-Schools Partnerships Manager, says: “We are excited to partner with Diversey Care and help schools to keep improving along their sustainability journey. We work with businesses who share our vision for educating and empowering the next generation to take on the environmental challenges we face. We are delighted to be working with Diversey Care to further this support to children, young people and schools.”