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Delivering on our missions

Delivering healthcare has an environmental impact. As a healthcare company we must take action to reduce that impact – starting with reducing our own impact on the environment.

This means reducing our own emissions in line with science, but also the emissions of our suppliers and partners. We’re also transforming our products and services to be more sustainable.

We’re championing innovation using our health expertise, and mobilising partners to build a greater understanding of how people's health is impacted by the health of the planet.

Care, it’s in our nature - Bupa Foundation & Trees That Count

In 2022-2023 Bupa partnered with Trees that Count to plant thousands of native trees that Kiwis can enjoy for over a thousand years.

With the support of over 600 volunteers, we planted 25,000 native trees creating three legacy forests in ‘Pirimai Walkway Planting Project in Napier, Waiwhakareke Heritage Park in Hamilton, and the Te Ara Kākāriki Project in Christchurch.

Residents Planting

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Planting Trees

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Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park

These natural assets are created for local communities of New Zealanders as part of Bupa’s commitment to help create a better world through sustainable action. Each Legacy Forest is intended to create green spaces for the use and enjoyment of future generations while enabling New Zealanders to get involved with planting native tree spaces that contribute to biodiversity, health and wellbeing and fighting climate change.

This partnership acknowledges the significant links between Bupa’s mission of caring for both older and future generations and the positive impacts of native trees for New Zealanders’ health and wellbeing to help Kiwis live longer, happier and healthier lives.

We have partnered with Trees That Count to plant 25,000 native trees across Aotearoa and spread the word about the important connection between our health and the health of the planet.

Restoring biodiversity, for example by planting native trees, can improve human health and wellbeing indirectly through the ecological services trees provide. Trees also have some direct health benefits on our bodies.

The direct impact of trees on human bodies

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Trees help to reduce air pollution. They filter particulate matter from the air and absorb pollutants like nitrous oxide, making cleaner air for us all.

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Trees help moderate temperature which is a well-known risk factor in cardiovascular illness. Scientists have also noted that exposure to green spaces including trees decrease risk of heart attack or stroke.

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Planting native trees mitigates soil erosion and improves water quality, decreasing the risk of water borne disease.

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Spending time in forests helps to decrease harmful immune responses, like inflammation, allergies and asthma. Trees are also a source of important medicines and release chemical compounds that can increase helpful immune activity.

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Being around trees and nature improves our mental wellbeing. Studies have found that spending time among trees can decrease stress hormone levels, need for antidepressant medicine, and improve concentration in children with attention deficit disorder.

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Time amongst native trees can decrease stress hormone levels and boost our social wellbeing – that’s how well we enjoy relationships and connect with others. Social wellbeing is a very strong predictor of positive health outcomes. Studies have shown that exposure to trees also increases goodwill and kindness, and even reduces crime rates!