The world’s most active organization

Stepping up: AstraZeneca named the "world's most active organization."

Over 111 days this summer, AstraZeneca employees walked more than 6.5 billion steps collectively in the Global Corporate Challenge, earning the company the title of World’s Most Active Organization out of 1,000 organizations from 83 countries taking part. Over 5,400 employees participated in the challenge, averaging 13,000 steps a day.

During the challenge, AZ employees recorded their daily activity, converted it to steps and took a virtual journey around the world. Teams were split into geographical regions.

“Participants report feeling fitter, healthier and in some cases have benefited from a welcome reduction in overall weight. AZ gains by having healthier and more energized employees. The GCC has been particularly helpful to individuals who struggle to include exercise in their daily routine due to busy jobs and lives,” said Sue Connelly, Global Health & Wellbeing Manager, AstraZeneca.

Since first taking part in the GCC in 2008, AstraZeneca has had year-on-year increases in the number of teams participating; from 43 teams in the first year to over 780 teams in 2011.