Some companies have strategies focused on sustainable travel, but many do not.
One of the most important decisions a company can make around sustainable travel is whether or not a business trip or meeting is a must. Replacing a meeting with other forms of collaboration, such as videoconferencing, and building a framework to help travelers decide when to travel or when not to can reduce internal travel by up to 50 percent. In fact, one client of travel consultancy Advito was able to reduce travel costs by $5.5 million, avoid more than 900 internal trips, and redirect m ore than 15,000 hours of employee travel time.
“We’ve noticed a significant increase in demand from our clients for advice on how they can support their companies’ sustainability initiatives. It has never been this widespread,” says Lesley O’Bryan, senior vice president at Advito. “With a growing global focus on climate change and the establishment of a younger generation of business travelers, this trend is here to stay.” A new Advito offering called Sustainable Collaboration works with clients to reduce travel demand and mitigate the environmental impact of business travel by helping companies set up effective carbon-offset programs, factor sustainability into travel supplier selection and other such strategies.
Here are a few measures companies can take with their meetings and travel programs:
Assess your organization’s sustainability efforts
The Sustainability in Travel Self-Assessment Tool, created by the Global Business Travel Association and BCD, the parent company of Advito, lets you measure 10 areas of travel program sustainability to identify strengths and weaknesses and provides recommendations for improvement.
If flying is necessary, consider offsetting the impact of your business travel by calculating the cost of your CO2 emissions and donating that amount to sustainable energy projects around the globe. BCD’s DecisionSource lets you report on your company’s Air Emissions and provides summaries that can be used for CO2 compensation.
Get travelers involved
Engage attendees by using tools like TripSource to share tips on making business trips more sustainable—such as renting electric cars or using public transportation.
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