Shell steps up to global exercise challenge
Shell has been awarded the title of “World’s Most Active Organisation 2012,” as part of workplace health initiative the Global Corporate Challenge (GCC).
The global energy and petrochemical company beat more than 1200 organisations worldwide to the title, having encouraged more than 7000 employees from 24 countries to participate in the Challenge to become more physically active.
Shell employees worked, walked, cycled, swam and ran together during the 16-week programme, with over 70 per cent of participating staff meeting or exceeding the programme’s daily benchmark of 10,000 steps – three times the daily step count of the average sedentary worker.
According to Shell, the combined efforts of staff meant they walked around the world the equivalent of 141 times, while also improving their physical-activity levels and developing a daily walking habit. Nine-tenths of participating employees reported that the Challenge had a positive impact on their relationship with exercise.
The firm was recognised by the GCC for the commitment of its participating employees and the encouragement and support it provided.
Alistair Fraser, vice-president, health, at Shell, said: “The award is a tremendous accolade for our staff worldwide who stepped up to the Challenge, and stepped out together, to put Shell at the head of the field.
“We are immensely proud of our achievement, which demonstrates our commitment to being at our best by keeping active. The success of this Challenge is down to every individual pulling together to find innovative ways to fit more physical activity into their daily routine.”
Global learning company Pearson and power-systems provider Rolls-Royce took second and third place, respectively, in the Challenge.
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