Promoting the value of balancing work and life was demonstrated by EY’s staff as part of this year’s Sustainability Week. The Week is a globally recognised project throughout the EY network that highlights the importance of living sustainably as individuals and as businesses. During the week, the EY Gibraltar team organised a range of activities and initiatives focusing on this year’s theme.
Commencing 29th June, fresh fruit was delivered each day for staff to encourage awareness of the importance of healthy eating habits. A competition was held for the most kilometers tracked by a staff member during Sustainability Week. Using Smartphones with a versions of a “Health” app installed participants were able to automatically track their steps by day or by week. Staff were encouraged to walk to work, take a walk on their lunch break, hit the gym or go for a run to boost their chances of winning. The prize for the most kilometres was sourced from Kiva, a not for profit organisation that allows people to lend money via the internet to low-income or impoverished entrepreneurs in developing countries.
Arianne Britto, Associate at EY, and one of the week’s organisers said: ‘We were keen to use this week to highlight the small changes we can all make to our working experience that can enhance our lives. An important element of this was showing how those small changes, set in the context of achieving a good work/life balance, can have a positive impact for everyone.’
On Sustainability Day itself webinars were held on sustainability in the Insurance, Banking and Wealth and Asset Management sectors. The finale was an activity to take staff members outside and into the open environment of Gibraltar. On Friday 3 July, setting off from the EY offices at 11am, staff taking part headed for a walk through the ‘old town’, culminating at the Great Siege Tunnels. At the end of the challenge, they stopped for a healthy picnic lunch at the top before returning.
JJ Pisharello, Managing Partner at EY, welcomed the second year of involvement in the Week by the Gibraltar office: ‘Sustainability and education are cornerstones of our values as a professional firm. In supporting this annual week EY is able to offer staff a wide range of learning opportunities and activities in which to participate. Congratulations to Arianne and her team for an excellent initiative.’