COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference, is scheduled to be held in Glasgow (UK) from 1-12 November 2021. As part of the lead up to this event, Anthesis set a global wellbeing challenge in early 2021, to collectively and virtually travel to COP26 by 1 November covering 64,001 kilometres – the combined distance from the capital city of each Anthesis office to Glasgow. Over 130 Anthesians around the world are tracking their bike rides, yoga sessions, swims, walks, and more to help us get to COP26 on time.
The focus of this challenge is to highlight the importance of COP26 while supporting employees’ personal wellbeing journey and contributing towards a collective goal; to encourage Anthesians to practice regular wellbeing activities in order to boost their physical and mental health. Throughout the challenge Anthesians have been asked to make pledges to the following commitments:
- Pledge to try one or more new wellbeing activity
- Pledge to maintain their current wellbeing practices
- Pledge to increase their wellbeing activity levels
- Pledge to re-ignite a past wellbeing activity
In the final weeks leading up to COP26, a few regions have organized Covid-safe group rides, hikes and more to help us meet this goal. Stay tuned for updates on the organized events in the UK, United States, Spain, and Germany.
Progress so far:
In years past, Anthesis employees have organized a series of sporting challenges and fundraisers. Last year this took the shape of a virtual global challenge, Anthesis Challenge 2020, an initiative which encouraged employees to get active and clock up the kilometres from wherever they are in the world, whilst fundraising for charities identified by employees.
Global achievements from Anthesis Challenge 2020:
31, 574 KM
In 2019, a team of global colleagues took on a challenging four-day bike tour through the mountains of the Spanish Pyrenees, raising funds for World Bicycle Relief with a tough itinerary of long hours in the saddle and demanding climbs.
The bike tour was conceived as a way of bringing together Anthesis colleagues outside the office to build camaraderie, raise funds for a cause aligned with the company’s mission, and share an adventure reflective of the values of the company.
For this challenge, bike team members chose World Bicycle Relief as their cause, selected because of its mission to build mobility toward access to education, healthcare and economic opportunity through the placement of bicycles in communities most in need throughout the world.