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P4. Physical Activity in the Workplace
1 January, 2013
Submitted: 22 April, 2015
Through your physical activity pledges you will be working with employees, customers/consumers and/or local communities. For each group (as applicable) please describe the specific activities or projects you have undertaken over the past year.
For example, employee incentive schemes to promote physical activity, awareness raising activities or improvements to facilites to promote active travel.
Morrison Bowmore Distillers appreciates the importance of physical activity in improving the health and well-being of our employees. This was clearly demonstrated in December 2014, when we were successful in achieving the Gold Healthy Working Lives Award (www.healthyworkinglives.com). An important objective in order to achieve and maintain this award is to promote physical activity in the workplace, raise awareness of the benefits of participating in physical activity and provide opportunities for employees to participate in physical activities.
As a business we fund events through our Sports and Social Committee and an important objective of this committee is to organise events that incorporate and promote physical activity. Some examples of events that we have organised over the past 12 months include a hill walk up Conic Hill near Balmaha, a trip to Go Ape in Aberfoyle, a summer Boot camp held on site, a golf and lawn bowls day and most recently some of our employees completed the Glasgow Kilt walk as a team.
We also operate a cycle to work scheme to encourage people to cycle to work rather than take the car. In support of this we fitted a larger bike rack and we also offer showering facilities on site. Our intention is run the scheme again this year.
Our pledge is to continue organising events that promote physical activity.
For example, supporting/sponsoring local physical activity programmes, promoting physical activity to customers through website campaigns or in-store materials.
For example, support for community-based physical activity programmes (such as funding, sponsorship or other promotion activity), working with local partners to engage communities is physical activity opportunities.
We support our local communities via sponsorship which provides funding to local physical activities.
On Islay the local swimming pool is housed in a building donated by our company and the distillery there provides waste heat energy to heat the pool.
Please estimate the number of your employees who participated in your workplace physical activity programmes over the last year and explain how you arrived at this estimate.
We have estimated that approximately a third of our employees participate.
Has the number of your employees participating in your workplace physical activity programmes increased since last year? If unknown, please explain why.
We do not closely monitor what is voluntary participation.
We would be interested to know if your pledge activity over the last year has delivered a measurable increase in participation in physical activity. If so, please describe and provide an estimate of the level of increase and how you measured this. There is a 2000-character limit when completing this section.
Whilst we don't officially monitor participation in our physical activity events, we do try to vary the activities we do each year to encourage different groups of people to participate. Whilst we continue to see employees participate who do normally always participate, we have also seen different employees try some of the new events. Our cycle to work scheme also proved to be very popular last year with a number of employees choosing the sign up to the salary sacrifice scheme.
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