The Princess Máxima Center also wants to be the best when it comes to sustainability. This ambition is in line with our ambitions concerning developmental care, scientific research, training and education and with our social ambitions. This sustainability relates to the entire chain in which we carry out our work and relates to contributing to care that is future-proof. Sustainability is part of the concept of 'corporate social responsibility' (CSR), an important starting point for the Princess Máxima Center.
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In every business decision, we therefore weigh up the various social and economic effects. We take stakeholder interests into account; after all, every business decision affects the center's stakeholders. These can be patients or employees, but also, for example, local residents, suppliers, investors and last but not least, society in general. We therefore view CSR as an integral approach that is not only focused on the sustainable management of the Princess Máxima Center, but also on sustainable care in the interest of children and society.
Healthy food, above all tasty and completely tailored to what children want, any time they want. That is the basic idea behind our food concept which has been put together in collaboration with the children. Six times a day, the Kanjerkar visits the children to offer them food. It has something for everyone, for all ages and even for the parents. Meals can be taken in the Parent-Child unit or in the restaurant, or in the living/dining rooms where parents can also prepare their own meals. There is no need to let them know beforehand; children can just take what they feel like at that moment. They are 'tempted' into eating; dishes are presented as attractively as possible. For example, for the little ones this could be an omelet in the shape of an owl. Everything is freshly and traditionally prepared with seasonal products with lots of attention given to nutrients and the amount of protein that the meal contains. There is also a lot of focus on sustainability: Hutten provides the food and drinks in the Princess Máxima Center; in the past, Hutten also spearheaded the Verspillingsfabriek, whereby tasty meals were prepared using leftovers.
The uniform of, for example, care professionals has been designed together with the children on the Child Advisory Board. Together with fashion designer Monique Collignon, they have come up with the entire concept. The uniform is made of the most durable fabric currently available. It is high quality fabric, made from recycled PET bottles (plastic bottles) in combination with tree bark. The fabric is not bleached and does not contain cotton, which mean that this saves an enormous amount of water. It is expected that all hospitals will switch to this fabric in the future, as a replacement for the 'stiff' and environmentally damaging polyester cotton.
Our building features lots of natural light, warm colors and the use of as many natural materials as possible. These are striking features of our building. We also have a strong sustainability ambition, which is reflected, for example, in the weighting given to lifespan and energy consumption in the items we purchase. These were also important criteria in the installations we selected. We also have solar panels and we have a heat/cold storage system. All lighting is of course LED; there is not a single light bulb in the entire building.