We are in the business of fitness and motivation, so just imagine what’s possible when we bring the energy and enthusiasm of our global team together and point it towards creating a fitter planet. Here’s where you can learn about how we’re supporting healthy communities and creating a healthier world.
CREATING A FITTER PLANET
WORKOUT FOR WATER
We’re proud to partner with UNICEF to build on the common goal of creating a world where every child survives and thrives. Together we’re reaching out to our club partners, passionate instructors and dedicated exercisers encouraging them to get involved in Workout for Water. Workout for Water events can help change the world for thousands of children by raising funds for UNICEF to complete two multi-village solar-powered water systems in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia.
GLOBAL CARBON EMISSION OFFSETTING
We are passionate about our planet and we want our impact on it to be only a positive one. Our first step towards this is to be carbon neutral. Working with the social enterprise Ekos, we measure and offset the carbon dioxide emissions for all of our nine global offices. Things like using electricity, travelling and shipping equipment is an inevitable part of our business, so while we do our best to reduce our day-to-day impact we also support carbon forest projects in order to remain neutral.
BORN TO MOVE
We want to create a healthy future by helping children shape positive physical habits from an early age. Feeding young people’s natural appetite for action, movement and play – we’ve designed BORN TO MOVE to let them enjoy the energy, confidence, good health and increased ability that goes with it being active.
UNICEF KID POWER
UNICEF Kid Power is a UNICEF USA initiative where a library of Kid Power Ups (3-5 minute interactive videos) give students the power to save lives by dancing, playing, learning. Their activity unlocks ready-to-use therapeutic food for children suffering from severe acute malnutrition around the world. When they know they can make a difference, the students become more active and engaged, experiencing how empathy, self-efficacy and teamwork can change lives. We’re proud to provide specially-edited versions of BORN TO MOVE for the Kid Power Up library.
Photo credit © UNICEF USA
THE LES MILLS FUND FOR CHILDREN
The Les Mills Fund for Children (LMFC) is designed to inspire young people to become more active. Run by our Les Mills team in the UK, the LMFC partners with charities and organizations to raise funds that support projects which motivate children to lead active lives.
PERSONAL CARBON EMISSION OFFSETTING
In addition to offsetting the carbon emissions of our offices around the world, we make it easy for our team members to offset their own personal carbon footprint. Working with our offsetting partner Ekos, we’ve developed a simple calculator that allows anyone to learn how their individual choices and activities impact the planet in terms of carbon dioxide emissions. All New Zealand-based team members can offset their emissions by choosing to have a small amount (often no more than NZ$5 a week) deducted from their pay. In year one of this initiative we expect over NZ$5000 will go to support the Drawa Rainforest Conservation Project.
In 2016 the New Zealand team introduced volunteer days for small groups of employees. We partnered with the Motutapu Restoration Trust, supporting them to restore native ecosystems for rare and endangered native birds, reptiles, invertebrates and plants on Motutapu Island, a 20-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland. ‘Motutapu’ is the Maori name for the sacred island, and we do whatever work is most needed at that time, be it tree planting, weeding or propagating plans.
In 2019 we also began volunteering at Auckland City Mission, helping serve lunch for their homeless community service, feeding members of our community who would otherwise go without.
The LES MILLS MINDFULNESS series was developed to give everyone free access to guided meditations. Our Instructors have access to all eleven guided meditations through their Instructor Releases app, and anyone else can access them for free on LES MILLS On Demand.
We know that getting back into exercise post-pregnancy can be a challenge, and that’s why we created a series of safe and simple workouts to help new mothers start with post-partum exercise. These are available for free on LES MILLS On Demand, where you’ll also find tips and education on everything from core and pelvic floor exercises, safe lifting after childbirth, and breastfeeding techniques to avoid back and neck pain.
Dedicated to changing lives through music, MusicHelps run a number of initiatives designed to help New Zealanders in need with the magic of music. They also provide emergency support for kiwi music people experiencing distress, serious illness and hardship. The music arm of our business, Les Mills Music Licensing Ltd, has been a founding supporter of Music Helps since it was established in 2012.
TREES THAT COUNT
Trees That Count is dedicated to increasing the number of native trees planted in New Zealand. The have planted over 23 million trees to date, and we have contributed 1300 to that number. These trees absorb carbon from the atmosphere (in a process called carbon sequestration), so by creating more native forest, there is more carbon being permanently removed from the atmosphere – which helps in the urgent fight against climate change.