BCD was honored for “Achievement in Sustainability – TMC” during the third annual Business Travel News Sustainability Summit Americas in early May. We’ve undertaken a wide range of internal investments, client-facing innovation and operational optimizations in the past year in pursuit of our environmental goals, including:
- Appointing Olivia Ruggles-Brise as vice president for Sustainability
- Reducing the environmental impact of our internal and external meetings and events
- Maintaining global ISO 14001/45001 certification
- Introducing “industry first” sustainability tools for clients, including Advito’s eQSI (allows companies to factor aircraft efficiency into supplier negotiations) and Advito and BCD M&E’s MICE carbon emission calculator (evaluates environmental impact of companies’ meeting strategies)
- Integrating Advito GATE4 emissions data into Concur Travel air search results to empower more sustainable choices by travelers
- Building partnerships with other sustainability leaders, including BCD Marketplace partner Climate Neutral Group
Innovation for sustainable business travel
Sustainability isn’t just about protecting the planet. It’s also about the way we approach and ethically manage our environmental, social and financial responsibilities to ensure our ongoing business success without limiting options for future generations. BCD, BCD Meetings & Events (BCD M&E) and Advito share a commitment to build a better future for sustainable business travel. With our leading solutions, we continue to push the boundaries on what it means to implement a sustainable business travel program – from our ISO 14064 and ISO 14065 carbon emissions calculation methodology, to our traveler engagement and wellbeing strategies.
Ross Paterson, Senior Director, Program Management, accepted the award at the New York City event. “These awards send a message to people curious about our business – that great strides are being made in our industry to make a difference in the climate crisis, and that you can have a purposeful career in travel,” said Paterson.
Advito’s Etchanchu is BTN’s 2023 sustainability champion
At the Business Travel News Sustainability Awards Europe held May 22, Advito’s Julien Etchanchu, Senior Director for Sustainable Collaboration, was named Sustainability Champion for his work in this area.
From the judges’ remarks: Julien Etchanchu was described as technically proficient and as someone who is able to tell a compelling story which inspires action. This person was instrumental in the development of a consulting practice and is highly visible in the broader business travel community where they are recognized as a thought leader. They have led the development of several tools and methodologies that are of great use to travel managers, allowing them to track and monitor progress. Their passion for sustainability drives them to push the industry to follow the science and position business travel at the forefront of sustainability strategies within global organizations.
All winners were subject to a two-stage entry process and were selected by a panel of judges who sought to identify the suppliers and corporates best advancing sustainability within their own operations and for the benefit of their clients.
BCD’s other recent recognitions include a third consecutive EcoVadis Platinum sustainability rating, 2022 The Beat Readers’ Choice Most Admired TMC, 2023 Women Impact Tech 100, FlexJobs’ 2023 Top 100 Company for Remote Work, and 2022 Military Spouse Employment Partner (MSEP).