Global Corporate Challenge

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Global Corporate Challenge
Type Private
Industry Corporate Wellness Program
Founded 2004 (2004)
Founder(s) Herb Elliott, Glenn Riseley
Headquarters Melbourne, Australia
Area served Worldwide
Services Global Corporate Challenge®
Website Official Website

The Global Corporate Challenge is a workplace health and wellbeing program aimed at changing the behaviour and improving the health of employees around the world.[1]

The event promotes 10,000 steps per day [2] as a way to tackle the growing epidemic of an obese and overweight global workforce and reduce the alarming increase in the accompanying Type II diabetes, cardio vascular disease and cancer.

The Global Corporate Challenge event is often referred to simply as GCC (a registered trademark of The Global Corporate Challenge). With participants in over 100 countries, the GCC mantra is to ‘Get the World Moving’.


Origins and History [edit]

The Global Corporate Challenge (GCC) was founded in 2004 in Melbourne, Australia by former Australian Olympic champion Herb Elliott and advertising executive Glenn Riseley. The GCC has offices in Melbourne, London, San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, Dallas, Toronto and New Zealand. Global Corporate Challenge is listed 39th in the BRW (magazine) 2010 fast 100, and was 40th in 2009.[3]

The Program [edit]

The GCC begins in May each year.

Organisations form teams of 7. Participants receive a starter pack that includes 2 accelerometers. For each of the 16 weeks of the GCC, individuals enter their daily physical activity into the GCC website. Steps are then converted to a kilometre/mile distance, and the team’s progression is plotted along a virtual tour of the world. Participants are encouraged to aim for 10,000 steps per day – the World Health Organization recommended average daily steps for a lifestyle to be considered active.[4]

GCC Participants by Year [edit]

Year Number of


2012 184,037
2011 127,071
2010 97,804
2009 59,619
2008 49,539
2007 23,376
2006 13,501
2005 10,073

Research [edit]

Independent scientific studies have been conducted on the GCC event.

In 2009, The Heart Disease and Diabetes Prevention Centre in conjunction with Monash University's Faculty of Medicine undertook a major study involving participants in the GCC.[5]

In 2010, the Foundation for Chronic Disease Prevention, Lancaster University studied the GCC event’s effect on physical and psychological states.[6]

Sustainability Victoria, a government based environmental agency, research is conducted each year into the changed travel behaviours of GCC participants during the event.[7]

Footprint Initiative [edit]

The Footprint Initiative encourages participants to make a one-off donation to a less fortunate community. This occurs during the challenge, where the impoverished community is a location on the event’s virtual tour. In 2010 The Iganga Babies Home, Uganda was the basis of the Footprint Initiative.

Global Children’s Challenge [edit]

The Global Children’s Challenge is a free health initiative for children. For every participant who takes on the Global Corporate Challenge, a child is sponsored on the participant’s behalf to enter the Global Children’s Challenge free of charge. This initiative is run through primary schools to create healthy lifestyles and habits in early life. Olympic Champions Colin Jackson and Cathy Freeman are ambassadors for the Global Children’s Challenge.

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