Walking gets a kick start at BAE Systems
BAE Systems in New Malden were first-time participants in Walk to Work Week 2010. Over 60 staff took part and between them walked over 260 miles. Staff really enjoyed the competitive spirit of the event and there was a lot of competition to be crowned the top walker in the office.
To help entice staff into walking, BAE offered a free breakfast bar and carton of juice each day for anyone who walked in. On top of this, every walker was given a raffle ticket entering them into a prize draw for Millets vouchers. The company was also supplied with free pedometers, courtesy of the Royal Borough of Kingston.
Many staff that were reliant on their cars simply did not realised how easily they could commute on foot. To help staff identify who could walk, a map was drawn up and the relative distance of each member of staff was plotted. This provided a visually eye-catching way to see how convenient walking can be!
According to Karen Walker, sustainable transport and environmental responsibility is something that BAE takes seriously – especially as the company has an Environmental Accreditation that requires them to get at least 20% of their staff using sustainable transport regularly. Walk to Work Week helped encourage 30% of staff walking, showing that encouraging walking can be a really effective way for environmentally conscious organisations to do their bit.
With the success of Walk to Work Week 2010 and the boost it has given in staff commuting on foot, Karen is in no doubt that BAE will participate again next year – and that it will be even bigger, better and greener than before.