Sustainability

Sustainability is an integral part of how we do business - our emphasis on the environment through our environmental management systems, and supporting the communities we serve through our Life Foundation, contributes to our corporate citizenship. To us, being a corporate citizen is not just a social responsibility. It is a driving force.

Environmental policy

We believe that sound environmental management adds to our competitive strengths and indirectly benefits our patients and our stakeholders. Environmental sustainability is actioned through the Group’s environment and climate change forum: responsible for business sustainability, climate change initiatives and managing our impact on the environment. We are all working together for a better, more sustainable world. In order to do that to the best of our abilities, we have drawn up our environmental sustainability commitments.

Download our environmental policy

Our environmental commitments:

  • Identify and comply with applicable legislation and regulations.
  • Identify and manage the risks relating to the use of natural resources and reducing waste products in our business.
  • Identify and manage the impact of emissions and their effect on climate change.
  • Develop or apply solutions to environmental risks in accordance with international requirements and standards.
  • Apply improved technologies as these become available.
  • Educate employees on good environmental practices.
  • Continually assess all our business activities against objectives and targets to minimise any negative impact on the environment.
  • Ensure responsible reporting to our stakeholders on our environmental performance.
  • Ensure all support functions continuously improve, through responsible sustainable management practices and reducing pollution.

Improving the lives of others is what we do at Life Healthcare – and we have taken it one step further with the Life Foundation, by demonstrating the importance of corporate social responsibility.

We have three main areas of focus where our CSR activities make a tangible difference in South Africa: education, community upliftment and health. Our programmes are both local and national, with community involvement at a local level and strategically relevant programmes at a national level.

Life Foundation

Improving the lives of others is what we do at Life Healthcare – and we have taken it one step further with the Life Foundation, by demonstrating the importance of corporate social investment.

We have three main areas of focus where our CSR activities make a tangible difference in South Africa: education, community upliftment and health. Our programmes are both local and national, with community involvement at a local level and strategically relevant programmes at a national level.

Life Foundation: Education

We have two education initiatives, both of which encourage students in the medical field:

  1. Life sub-specialist bursaries
  2. The Public Health Enhancement Fund (PHEF), which is currently running three projects

Read more about our education initiatives

Life Foundation: Community upliftment

The Life Sizanani employee involvement programme is one of our most inspiring CSR projects: in existence for over 15 years with 78 projects ongoing and a high level of employee engagement.

Read more about our community upliftment initiative 

Life Foundation: Health

We have focused on four different areas to change the lives of those with various health conditions:

  1. Surgery for indigent patients
  2. Wheelchair Tennis South Africa
  3. The Sunflower Fund
  4. Move-it, Moving Matters

Read more about our health initiatives