Promoting sustainable and active travel in the workplace can reap significant benefits for employers and employees alike.
The Scottish Workplace Network provides you with all you need to achieve healthier, happier staff, corporate social responsibility and business savings.
Workplaces across Scotland once again competed with each other in the Scottish Workplace Journey Challenge to see who could clock up the most walking, cycling, public transport and car-sharing journeys in a bid to win more than £2,000 worth of prizes.
Over 3,000 people from 218 Scottish businesses participated in the Challenge, logging 54,663 journeys, saving £53,919.6 and 54,745kg in CO2 emissions by swapping car journey’s for more sustainable alternatives, and burning the equivalent of 33,744 donuts in calories.
Next year's Challenge will take place in March. Sign up to the Scottish Workplace Network for updates.
The Scottish Workplace Network brings together organisations working to support their staff to travel actively and sustainably. Members of the Network learn and share stories about their activities and are supported by Sustrans Scotland and our partner organisations with resources, funding and accreditation.
By joining the Network you become a part of the movement towards healthier, happier workplaces in Scotland and are supported with advice, resources and recognition. As a member of the Network you will receive:
- Ongoing support from our staff in helping you to plan activities and participate in the range of initiatives and schemes available through our partners in Scotland.
- An e-newsletter providing information on new initiatives, suggested activities and resources, and networking opportunities.
- Recognition of your participation in the Network through our certificates and dedicated case studies.
- The opportunity to work towards accreditation from our partner organisations.
Workplace Active Travel Champions are volunteers within your workforce who help people to be more active through walking or cycling for more of their everyday journeys. They provide advice about active travel choices and may set up walking and cycling activities in their workplace.
The Champions are given a full training programme and resources to enable them to do this and receive support from a dedicated member of our staff.
Healthy Working Lives is an NHS Health Scotland accreditation, designed to help create a healthier, safer and more motivated workforce for organisations.
Split into gold, silver and bronze awards, your organisation must display what you are doing to promote healthier practices amongst your workforce. Cycling and walking initiatives are particularly important for the gold and silver awards. Silver criteria includes 'Promoting the benefits of physical activity and promote and/or provide opportunities to encourage employees to be/become physically active within and outwith work'.
Promoting cycling and walking is the perfect way to get your organisation on the way to silver and gold awards.