P&O Maritime’s health and wellbeing programme is making people feel better, in and out of the workplace.

Taking steps to better health

Our challenge

We’re committed to investing in our people, and their health and wellbeing is a top priority. Promoting a healthy lifestyle, in and out of work, makes our people happier and more productive.


Our solution

P&O Maritime, a DP World subsidiary, has a full-time person responsible for managing its Health and Wellbeing Program. It has invested over $300 per employee in the programme.

In 2013, the company began taking part in the Global Corporate Challenge (GCC) – an international workplace health programme that has reached 1.5 million employees and 4,700 organisations across 185 countries. Each year, employees compete in teams in a series of challenges covering areas such as physical activity, nutrition, sleep and psychological well-being.

The GCC is accessible to every employee, regardless of their age, gender, fitness level, state of health, profession or geographic location. Following a successful pilot in Australasia, P&O Maritime’s programme now runs globally, with more people participating every year.


Our results

The programme has improved people’s overall health, which has resulted in reduced absenteeism and improved productivity, staff morale and worker relations.

The proportion of staff who rate their overall health as either good, very good or excellent has doubled, from 40% before GCC to 80% today. Physical activity levels have improved significantly – for example, 82% now take at least 10,000 steps a day, compared to just 5% before the programme began.

Those taking part also reported other benefits:

  • 70% said they lost weight during the programme
  • 35% said they felt less stressed either at home or work
  • 60% said taking part had improved their energy levels
  • 47% reported an increase in their productivity score
  • 95% would recommend participating in the GCC.