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Posted by Butt, Tara at Sunday, 09/23/2012 7:01 pm
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Friday September 21, 2012
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Shell is today celebrating a proud achievement: securing the title of “World’s Most Active Organization 2012”. Topping the leaderboard of global workplace health program: the Global Corporate Challenge® (GCC), Shell beat 1,200 participating organizations worldwide to take the coveted title.
Shell Vice President Health, Alistair Fraser declared the award “a tremendous accolade for our 7,000 staff world-wide 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.”
Based on a range of critical participation, engagement and performance elements, Shell achieved GCC’s “World’s Most Active” mantle through the commitment of its employees participating in the program alongside valuable in-house support efforts.
A key component of Shell’s employee health and wellbeing commitment, the global energy company encouraged 7,133 employees (located across 24 countries worldwide) to step up and participate in GCC 2012. Virtually shoulder-to-shoulder with 185,000 workers worldwide, Shell employees worked – and walked, cycled, swam and ran – together over the 16 week program. With encouragement, support and personal determination, 70% of participating Shell employees met and exceeded the GCC’s daily 10,000 step benchmark – three times the daily step count of the average sedentary worker. Actively climbing the global leaderboard, Shell employees virtually circumnavigated the world 141 times while also improving their physical activity levels and developing a daily walking habit. 90% of participating Shell employees, who took part in the end of Challenge survey, reported that the Challenge had a positive impact on their relationship with exercise.
“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. We have been supported in our efforts by a great group of challenge advocates who have led and motivated our teams, and by the endorsement and participation of Shell business leaders. It’s this synergy that has helped us to win the award” said Fraser.
“The Challenge has helped us to find strategies, both as teams and as individuals, for introducing more physical activity into our day. Developing self-efficacy skills such as these is an important part of the approach to delivering our wellbeing programme at Shell.”
Beyond its own workforce Shell also supported the health and wellbeing of the wider community. For each employee enrolled in the GCC, Shell sponsored a local student to participate in the Global Children’s Challenge™ at no cost to parent, school or government.
“The GCC has given us the opportunity to broaden and enrich our workplace networks through engaging in team based physical activity. By embedding exercise into our team structures in this way the Challenge has helped to reinforce Shell’s strong culture of health” concluded Fraser.
Joining Shell on the podium in second and third place respectively are global learning company Pearson and power systems leader Rolls-Royce.
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GLOBAL CORPORATE CHALLENGE® Leading workplace health initiative Global Corporate Challenge® (GCC) has delivered scientifically proven results to over 3,400 of the world’s leading organizations and more than half a million employees globally. These results include improved employee physical and mental health, enhanced productivity, reduced absenteeism and a stronger culture of resilience. The GCC has also facilitated 395,000 children worldwide to participate in the Global Children’s Challenge™. Starting in May each year, the GCC takes participants on a 16 week virtual walking journey around the world and engages and supports them to become more active by aiming to take 10,000 steps a day – three times more than the average office worker. Accessible to every staff member regardless of location, age or base fitness level, the GCC’s success is its science-based approach that creates genuine, long-term behavioral change. The 2013 GCC event commences May 23. To learn more about Global Corporate Challenge® please visit
For further information on the Global Corporate Challenge® please contact Diana Zuban, GCC Global PR & Communications Manager @ T: +61 3 9536 8158 M: +61 429 011 633 E:

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