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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