As a company that believes in transforming the health of communities, Centene's focus on environmental performance and sustainability is a large part of its day-to-day business operations. From the buildings that house our operations to our enterprise-wide recycling efforts, we are showing that we don’t just care about people, but also the environment in which we live, work and play.
Centene's global headquarters, a LEED Gold Certified building, features more than 21,000 square feet of vegetated roof, which reduces stormwater runoff while increasing energy consumption and reducing the heat island effect.
Where we work
The connection between food, health and the environment is evident.
Centene provides high-quality dining and catering services at several of its office locations across the U.S. Employees enjoy healthy meal selections for breakfast and lunch, and delicious and nutritional catering options for meetings and special events.
- Centene’s food service partner, Guckenheimer, sources food locally, in-season and organically whenever possible.
- Each café uses a full line of sustainable, biodegradable and compostable products: compostable to-go boxes, cold drink cups and lids, and wooden coffee stirrers.
- Guckenheimer also uses eco-effective systems to convert waste into renewable resources, such as turning food scraps into compost for local farms and converting cooking oils and grease into biofuels. In 2017, Centene's corporate office in St. Louis composted an estimated 361,000 pounds with our food waste diversion program.
How we work
Centene’s fleet of Xerox document devices help reduce our energy and carbon footprint. The print devices our employees use provide system controls that track usage, capture costs and identify areas for improvement. Today, our entire workforce has been converted to Managed Print Services, leading to more efficient printing, security controls, and reduction in paper use, solid waste and energy consumption.
As we grow
As Centene expands its geographic footprint across the U.S., the buildings that house our various operations also reflect our commitment to minimizing the impact to the environment. Sustainability efforts concerning site construction focus on minimizing environmental damage caused by construction.
Centene’s building partner, Clayco, has worked on five major Centene construction projects, including two service centers in Farmington and Ferguson, Missouri, and Centene’s global headquarters building and campus expansion projects in St. Louis. Construction of each project utilized a Sustainable Action Plan that helps monitor design, estimation and documentation of sustainable efforts. At each step, the Action Plan checklist is implemented at the preconstruction, subcontractor, procurement, construction and final close-out phases.
- Builders divert 50-75 percent of generated concrete, steel, cardboard, plastic, drywall and paper construction waste from regional landfills.
- Stormwater quality improvements are designed to remove over 80 percent of the total suspended solids within the retention ponds.
- Nearly 30-40 percent recycled material is used for building materials, such as structural steel, metal decking, metal studs, drywall and admixtures to concrete.
The Centene Service Center in Ferguson, Missouri, features an energy-efficient design that includes roofing materials with high solar reflectance indexes that counteract the heat island effect. Stormwater quality improvements at the facility capture and remove a high percentage of total suspended solids through the use of on-site bioretention areas with native vegetation plant materials.