Business Charity Awards: Employee Engagement Initiative of the Year - Heathrow for Mojo

For a company that has adopted policies that have resulted in a significant increase in charitable donations or activities by its workforce

Midnight Marathon at Heathrow
Midnight Marathon at Heathrow

What was the scheme?

One of Heathrow’s business priorities is Mojo, centred around making Heathrow a great place to work, and a crucial strand of Mojo is "giving something back". Heathrow is made up of 400 businesses, employing 76,000 people, known as Team Heathrow. Charitable partnerships are central to achieving a broad engagement across Team Heathrow.

Heathrow actively encourages colleagues to volunteer their time and talents and invest these back into the local community. As part of its performance-management approach, 10 per cent of overall performance is focused on community or charitable activity.

How did it help communities?

Heathrow has three charity partners: the Heathrow Community Fund, which supports improvement in quality of life for communities near the airport; the Duke of Edinburgh's Award; and Oxfam. Staff members have come up with and run innovative challenge events such as a midnight marathon on one of Heathrow's runways. A team of colleagues volunteered their time to plan and run this event, and so far 700 staff members have participated, raising more than £135,000. Another challenge event is Race the Plane, where participants complete 30-minute stints on a bike with the aim of covering 3,546 miles more quickly than an Air Canada jet flying from Heathrow to Toronto. The teams have raised £207,000 over two years.

Why did it win?

The amount of money Heathrow staff have raised for the Heathrow Community Fund has increased dramatically, from £9,576 in 2015 to £200,000 in 2017. There has been a 29 per cent increase in the number of young people starting the DofE in the five boroughs closest to Heathrow, thank to support from Heathrow staff.

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