Large employers united on improving employee transport options

by | Jun 29, 2017

Photo: Sofie Hausgaard Nielsen

11 major organizations met on Wednesday, 21 June to kick-start Moving 30, a brand new business forum that works for better and greener mobility in Greater Copenhagen.

Tesla’s exhibition hall in Bredgade formed a visionary backdrop when almost 20 representatives from 11 large Danish companies met on Moving 30 Wednesday, 21 June 2017. The goal is to eventually have 30 big employers represented in the forum – at the moment, 17 companies and large public organizations are participating:

“We participate in Moving 30 because I believe we can change something. Together, Moving 30 already represents about 150,000 employees, who are traffic commuters. As we, the major employers in the region, get together and work to find our employees greener and healthier alternatives to commuting by car, this can actually affect the traffic in the metropolitan area,” said Helle Dahl, Workplace Management, Nordea.

Moving 30 is part of the Moving People project and is a brand new forum for large companies in the Capital Region of Denmark. Moving 30 works with Mobility Management, which involves making an active choices and taking responsibility for the company’s transportation. In concrete terms, this means making it possible to avoid unnecessary transport (e.g. working at home or making skype meetings), switch to other means of transport (e.g. electric cars) and optimize the use of current means of transport (e.g. carpooling).

The forum looks forward to political summit

On the kick-off day, employers were introduced to the program they will be offered as part of Moving 30. It’s all about doing something concrete within the companies and working together to create input to the transport policy in the region.

“In Moving 30, we hold a number of roundtables that strategically introduce Mobility Management in various areas of the company, such as HR, CSR and Facility Management,” explained Anna Thormann, Program Manager for Transport in Gate 21. She continued:

“Each roundtable will end with several strategic policy-level recommendations, which will be gathered together to eventually form the basis of input for a political summit in 2018, where the top regional and local politicians and corporate CEOs meet to debate transport in the Greater Copenhagen region.”

The companies are on board

Helle Dahl emphasized that the companies need to walk the talk:

“As companies, we can begin to support more flexible and green transportation choices for our employees. We should not just wait for municipalities and traffic companies to find solutions. I hope the forum can be the place where we share knowledge and concrete ideas so we do not have to reinvent the wheel, each company individually.”

In the forum, all companies are offered a transport survey. This is followed by an internal meeting where, based on the survey and the knowledge gained in roundtable discussions, the company can set out a plan for the actions the company will need to take to make the employee transport greener.

Together through the challenges

“For many years we can expect increasing congestion and traffic. We cannot solve that simply by building out. Everyone knows that road extensions provide a short-term gain on accessibility. Therefore, it is important that we do something to make better use of the capacity and promote smarter transportation choices. This requires companies and authorities to work together to solve the challenges,” concluded Anna Thormann.

After the kick-off meeting, participants could test a car of the future in the form of a Tesla.