We're different to a public limited company (plc). These companies are often driven by short term objectives and their commitment to their shareholders. This means having to publish quarterly results to meet shareholder expectations. We're not driven by the same obligations.
We have the flexibility, freedom and authority to make operational decisions about our business that ultimately benefit our clients. Our focus is on the long term vision for our company, which allows us to build strong, resilient relationships with our stakeholders. The benefits are open and transparent relationships with clients, longevity in the services we provide, and delivering sustainable solutions that support our clients to meet their long term vision and objectives.
As a family owned business, we understand how important values are. Everything we do and all the decisions we make are influenced by our values. These values also guide our colleagues' behaviour and actions, which is why our teams providing services on client sites are able to understand and reflect your organisation’s values better than most. Because we self-deliver so many of our services, and because we take care of our colleagues, we achieve consistency in service delivery for clients. Our teams are committed to your business, working as a cohesive unit in line with your objectives and values. With greater retention across our teams, you're less reliant on agency staff, which means consistency in service provision the way in which your values are demonstrated and adhered to.
We aim to develop our business and achieve commercial success by respecting our environment and the communities in which we operate. We encourage behaviour and initiatives that protect and enhance the environment, whilst facilitating wider economic prosperity and quality of life for present and future generations.
OCS is a proud member of the Sustainable Business Council, and our managing director, Gareth Marriott is a member of the SBC advisory board.
The OCS New Zealand and Australia Sustainability Report 2018 highlights the work OCS is doing in the areas of environmental, social and economic sustainability. You can also catch up on our work in previous years in the OCS
OCS continues to engage in a programme of research into credible and verified endorsement. In 2019 OCS New Zealand partnered with Toitū Envirocare (formerly Enviro-Mark Solutions) to embark on the Toitū carbonreduce certification programme. We are delighted to report an almost 20% reduction in carbon emissions between 2017 and 2018, as detailed in this case study.
We're committed to developing our business in accordance with sustainable principles and work closely with our clients to introduce sustainable solutions wherever possible.
We do this by developing systems, processes and adopting technological innovations to reduce our clients' and our own energy consumption, water usage, carbon emissions and waste.
This extends beyond our own operations into our supply chain. We work in partnership with clients to help achieve their own sustainability goals by delivering service solutions which save energy and reduce waste. We've developed an environmental dashboard which records our consumption of resources and measures our carbon intensity. By diverting waste from landfill, cutting paper use, promoting recycling schemes, innovating with the greenest technologies for our vehicle fleet and by saving water and energy, we're acting today to sustain our business, our clients' businesses and the environment in which we work for tomorrow's generations.
We've adopted a number of environmental initiatives in our global operations. In New Zealand we are working on a number of exciting initiatives with our clients, suppliers, staff and in our local communities. Examples include our commitment to 30% of our vehicle fleet being hybrid or electric by 2020 and, in a world first for biosecurity and airport waste reduction, OCS worked with Auckland Airport and the Ministry for Primary Industries to develop a transitional waste facility.
OCS WasteLine staff now sort waste to MPI (Ministry for Primary Industries) specifications for which items can be reused or recycled and which must be quarantined and destroyed for biosecurity reasons. This has significantly reduced the amount of aircraft cabin waste sent to landfill.