Green Rewards on the rise – Our top 5 highlights from 2017

Last year was a fantastic year for Green Rewards, with some truly outstanding achievements for our Jump programme. We’re proud to share our highlights from 2017 with you below, and look forward to the exciting opportunities 2018 will bring.

1.       Jump welcomes 3 new UniversitiesWe started 2017 with the launch of a Jump pilot at Bournemouth University to 450 employees. A year later, we are rolling out the programme to all 2,000 employees at the University and we’ve got 2 other new Universities also implementing the Jump programme. Following a successful 4 month pilot from Sept-Dec 2017, the University of Winchester will also roll out the Jump programme to all staff in January 2018. The University of Strathclyde has also joined our ranks, as the first Scottish university to launch Jump, with a pilot rolling out to 250 employees in February 2018. We’re thrilled by these new developments and look forward to seeing Jump expand in line with the increasing commitment in the academic sector to reducing carbon emissions, saving energy and incentivising employees to take part in wellbeing initiatives.

2.       RBS wins Bank of the Year In May 2017, Jump at RBS won Bank of the Year at the Better Society Awards– ahead of runners-up HSBC, Liberum, Barclays and Societe Generale for its achievements in reducing carbon and saving energy across the 1,700 workplaces where it has been implemented. Successes include generating a 5% average electricity reduction across active sites and saving 500,000 disposable cups. RBS expects to see savings of £3 million in 2017 in energy alone. 

3.       Jump records over 1 million positive actions In December 2017 we brought you the news that we’ve logged over a million positive actions! In total, we’ve logged 1,313,900 positive actions to date across all our client schemes, which has led to an average energy reduction of 8%, and an average of 307,590 km travelled sustainably. This impact data shows just how successful our programmes are at creating sustainable behaviour change. 

4.       Over 75,000 donated to charity 2017 was a big year for donations, with all of our members performing incredibly well and engaging with waste reduction, sustainability and wellbeing activities. Thanks to their positive actions we’ve managed to donate a whopping £75,182 to charity on their behalf! A big well done to everyone who has been taking part.

 5.       Jump programmes shortlisted for 6 Awards 2017 saw our Jump programmes receiving recognition for their work reducing carbon emissions, saving energy and improving wellbeing for employees. Also shortlisted for 6 Awards in 2017, including the BIFM Awards, the Better Society Awards, the Employee Benefits Awards, the Guardian University Awards, the Sustain Wales Awards and Edie’s Sustainability Leader’s Awards. It’s been a year of achievements and expansion for Jump and we look forward to seeing even more successes to come in 2018!

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Bethany Fruen

Head of Communications

Bethany Fruen

Since joining Jump fresh out of university back in 2013 I’ve seen many changes in the way we communicate – both as a company and more widely within the sustainability industry. The current shift of sustainability to the mainstream is accelerating at a pace and it’s exciting to be part of this step change.  The insight I get from individual participants in our client programmes is invaluable as it helps me figure out the best way to get our messages across.

My team and I use digital communications to recognise individual and team success, providing information in a fun, meaningful way that encourages people to take action. It’s about creating a feedback loop where people see that their actions are having an impact and this is very powerful in creating positive change within an organisation.


Lawrence Mitchell

Change Management

Lawrence Mitchell

I am Chief Customer Officer of SumoSalad, former Chief Marketing Officer at RELX: Risk & Analytics and Founder of RAW Energy. Having worked in publishing for 20 years, living through the first phases of the digital revolution, I’m used to disruption, uncertainty and transformation. But through all of this, my belief in putting the customer at the heart of an organisation by leveraging data analytics has helped multiple brands innovate, evolve and transform. 

I’m a huge advocate for promoting wellness in the workplace which is central to our Jump mission, and created the award-winning RBI Living Well programme. Through my RAW Energy platform, I support business and community leaders to be more resilient, more authentic and more focused on wellbeing.  A regular contributor to marketing, customer experience and wellness forums, I’ve written three books including Success without Stress: How to Prevent Burnout and Build Resilience for Optimal Health & Performance. 

Mark Lance

Finance & Company Secretary

Mark Lance

I helped Graham set up Jump in 2011 and it’s great to be involved in such a dynamic, growing business where I can apply my specialism in corporate compliance to ensure we are meeting our statutory and financial obligations.  I am an associate of the Association of International Accountants (for whom I also act as a quality advisor) and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators. 

Alongside Jump, I’m a director of Cornhill Group, a corporate service business in London advising the boards of businesses in a wide variety of sectors including shipping, energy, media and aviation, and I’m also a director of a global energy trader. 

Rob Metcalfe

PR & Marketing

Rob Metcalfe

Alongside Jump, I’ve been helping clients get their message across for over 30 years,
most recently as chief executive of Richmond & Towers, the longest
established public relations consultancy in the UK.  A Chartered Marketer,
I’m increasingly helping clients frame their message around sustainability,
particularly in food, waste and energy. The Guardian once described me as being
the “evil genius who got us all hooked on avocados”, a claim I don’t deny.

Since helping Graham get Jump set up in 2011 I’ve enjoyed communicating about a
subject where there is a great willingness among companies and individuals to
do the right thing,  but understanding what practical action to take isn’t
always obvious. 

Graham Simmonds

Chief Executive

Graham Simmonds

As CEO of Jump I lead a talented team of professionals committed to sustainability and wellness.  For much of my 35 year career I’ve been immersed in environmental issues, particularly how to engage people in practical action.  Previously I built Trees for Cities from start-up to a global, award-winning charity as its founding chief executive, and I loved developing new initiatives such as The Edible Playground and the Million Trees Campaign.  

In 2011 I set up Jump as I felt organisations large and small want to motivate action amongst their people around wellbeing and the planet, and a professional team dedicated to this purpose would help them accelerate their journey.  I’m also proud to chair the Reward Gateway Foundation which supports organisations and projects that address inequality and disadvantage, with the ultimate mission of making the world a better, fairer, safer and more equal place to work.