Recording their walks online and sharing photos and anecdotes along the way, the Accsys team walked a distance to cover the journey between Accsys’ global office locations: a round trip from Arnhem in the Netherlands, where Accoya is produced, to Hull in the UK, where the world’s first Tricoya plant is under construction, via its head office in London and on to its North American sales office in Dallas, US…and then back across the Atlantic to Arnhem again.

The innitiative formed part of Accsys’ focus on people and well-being and society and communities. The challenge was set up to boost employee well-being particularly during the pandemic which has affected daily life over the past year.

As colleagues passed each milestone stage of the journey, this also triggered Accsys to pledge donations to three charities, which were chosen due to their focus on improving well-being in Accsys’ communities. A total of €10,000 was donated to Dimence Groep in the Netherlands, and Mind and the Timber Trades’ Benevolent Society (TTBS) in the UK.

Mind and Dimence Groep are mental health charities which offer support and strong, positive impacts in society, and the TTBS is focused on specifically helping people from the timber industry and their families that are in need of support.

‘Step out to help out’ is a part of the ‘Accsys in Action’ programme, an ongoing series of campaigns and activities that have a positive impact on the lives of the people and communities close to Accsys.

“We are very proud of the efforts made by our colleagues and delighted to contribute to such worthwhile causes,” said Natalia Bikkenina, Accsys chief people officer. “Physical and mental health and well-being are so important and should not be taken for granted.

“The engagement and support for this initiative from all our colleagues throughout Accsys shows how, with shared purpose and values, we can achieve great things, make a real, positive impact in the world – and have fun doing it.”