Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility in the workplace are significant focuses for companies worldwide. Companies that prioritise sustainability are likely to be better positioned for success in the evolving business landscape.
So, how can you encourage your employees to foster a culture of responsibility and environmental awareness? Through team building activities of course! Incorporating sustainability into your team building activity not only aligns with the business’ corporate social responsibility (CSR) values but also engages employees in meaningful ways.
Let’s dive into a real-world example of how our recent client put sustainability and CSR at the forefront of their team building day!
- Client: Zoetis – a global animal health company that specialises in the development and manufacture of veterinary medicines and vaccines.
- Pax: 100
- Location: The K Club, Maynooth
- Activity: The Green Game
Zoetis reached out to us in December 2023 to ask about running a Sustainability / CSR themed team bonding activity for their senior team members from all over the world who haven’t been together since pre-COVID. We pitched The Green Game and they absolutely loved the concept of the challenge as like their organisation, its linked to helping animals.
Learn more about The Green Game here or watch the video below:
Following some phone calls and initial planning with the Zoetis event booker, we set the wheels in motion and began mapping out how the game would run for 100 participants in The Legacy Suite of The K Club, Maynooth.
The aim of the game: Complete ‘eco-challenges’ using our iPads to earn sustainable materials to build Bird Boxes, Insect Hotels and Bat Boxes. All of which are donated to Bird Watch Ireland and Dublin City Council: Parks, Biodiversity and Landscape Service.
Event day arrived and after a short brief and engaging icebreaker from our Atmosphere Engineer Oddie, the teams got stuck straight into the challenge. They were divided into 10 teams each with a colour name – Team Blue, Green, Yellow, Purple – you get the drift!
We had three rounds of challenges – a Bat, Bird and Insect round. Teams had to complete 12-14 questions in each round. Answers came in various formats – multiple choice, video and image submissions.
When teams unlocked a round they visited the “OW Hardware Shop” where they could use their points won to “buy” materials needed to build their boxes. Complete with a guide to build, they were also given markers and materials to colour and decorate their boxes.
Teams were racing around trying to complete challenges before their neighbours. Delegates from different departments and countries were placed in teams together. Despite having not worked together before, they quickly learned to recognise individual strengths when choosing which challenges to complete.
Team Purple were at the top of the leaderboard throughout the game with team Neon Pink following at a close second. At no surprise, team Purple were crowned the winners with an impressive 2618 points!
“The real winners are the birds and insects” shouted a member of Team Green who was distraught, to say the least, for being at the bottom of the leaderboard!
We concluded the team bonding afternoon with a group photo on the stage and a look back at the challenge photos captured by the teams on their iPads.
The importance of sustainability in companies in 2024 is expected to be even more pronounced than before. Driven by a combination of regulatory changes, consumer preferences, investor demands, and a growing understanding of the long-term benefits of sustainable practices, companies that prioritise sustainability are likely to be better positioned for success in the evolving business landscape.
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