Co-op, one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives, is bolstering its wellbeing offering for the company’s 62,000 employees by partnering with Gympass, the world’s largest corporate wellbeing platform.
The agreement gives Co-op colleagues, the majority of whom are front-line key workers, access to Gympass’ wealth of digital wellness offerings including mental health apps, nutrition support, personal training, and live virtual classes. And when current restrictions end, they will be able to choose from over 2,000 gyms, studios and leisure centres across the UK.
Colleague wellbeing has long been a priority for Co-op but the pandemic was a catalyst for a whole new programme to better support them. This included weekly communications offering guidance and support, free flu jabs, as well as access to virtual medical and mental health support. Although they already offered a comprehensive benefits programme, Co-op wanted to ensure it was meeting colleagues’ needs across the full spectrum of wellbeing, and Gympass was the obvious partner for this, according to Co-op’s Health Wellbeing Manager, Paul Caudwell:
“We have been following Gympass’ success for a number of years, and believe it is the best partner to help us offer a completely holistic wellbeing support programme. Our colleagues have worked incredibly hard to help each other and local communities during this difficult time. Our increased focus on wellbeing is part of our broader recognition of the role they have played, and with Gympass’ expertise and diverse offering we can help colleagues make small and sustainable changes to improve their wellbeing.”
Luke Bullen, Gympass CEO UK/IE, said: “We are delighted to partner with Co-op, an institution known for championing fair business and serving local communities. Gympass and Co-op are aligned on the importance of a complete, flexible offering as wellbeing isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ solution, particularly for Co-op employees who work across the country, many on the front-line and during unsocial hours. Gympass’ corporate wellbeing platform offers a range of resources from mental health support, to smoking cessation tools and personal trainers, to meet the needs of every individual. We are thrilled that all 62,000 Co-op colleagues can benefit from this.”
Gympass is a discovery platform that empowers companies to engage their workforce in physical activity by providing access to the largest global network of workout facilities. With a single monthly membership, companies can help employees find an activity they’ll love amongst more than 600 activities across the U.S., Europe, and Latin America. Our goal is to multiply the number of people exercising at every company to create a healthier and more engaged workforce.
Founded in 2012 and headquartered in New York, we have a growing team in 30 offices around the world. Our mission is simple yet ambitious: defeat inactivity. In the United Kingdom, Gympass offers unlimited access to over 2,000 gyms, studios and fitness centres.
Find out more about Gympass https://hs.gympass.com/uk/corporate-gympass
The Co-op is one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives with interests across food, funerals, insurance, legal services and health. Owned by millions of UK consumers, the Co-op operates 2,600 food stores, over 1,000 funeral homes and provides products to over 5,100 other stores, including those run by independent co-operative societies and through its wholesale business, Nisa Retail Limited.
Employing over 62,000 people, the Co-op has an annual turnover of £10 billion. As well as having clear financial and operational objectives, the Co-op is a recognised leader for its social goals and community-led programmes. The Co-op exists to meet members’ needs and stand up for the things they believe in.