BCD Travel CSR practices score ‘silver’ rating in EcoVadis audit

BCD Travel scores ‘silver’ rating on EcoVadis audit of its CSR practices

Company improves on its previous year’s scores and ranks among the travel industry’s top 10 percent  in three corporate social responsibility categories

UTRECHT, Netherlands,  June 3, 2014 – BCD Travel has won silver-level recognition for its corporate social responsibility programs, following an independent assessment by EcoVadis based upon 21 distinct CSR criteria. The assessment ranks BCD Travel in the top 10% in its industry for its policies, activities and results related to environment, labor practices and fair Business Practices.

BCD Travel showed improvement over its previous year’s assessment in each of those categories, as well as for its policies, activities and results related to its own supplier management.

A Paris-based procurement consultant, EcoVadis helps organizations evaluate the economic and social performance of their suppliers. The company assesses the environmental and social performance of global suppliers and creates scorecards that allow companies to compare their suppliers in CSR performance. EcoVadis serves more than 100 global multinationals, including such familiar Fortune 500 brands as,Axa, Alcatel-Lucent, Coca Cola Enterprises, Heineken, Orange, Johnson & Johnson, Lafarge, Renault-Nissan, Schneider Electric and Verizon.

Among  the policies and activities contributing to BCD Travel’s favorable rating were the company’s comprehensive corporate positions on major issues affecting the environment, human rights, labor and fair business practices. BCD Travel also was recognized for its participation in the United Nations Global Compact.

In its environmental assessment, EcoVadis noted BCD Travel’s  ISO 14001 certification, waste management measures, energy consumption reduction, travel risk management, C02 emissions monitoring and toner recycling program.

In its labor practices and human rights assessment, EcoVadis singled out the company’s internal audits on health and safety issues, emergency preparedness plan, employee satisfaction monitoring, measures to promote a work-life balance, proactive measures to avoid discrimination, manager training program on human rights and whistle-blowing procedures. In the area of fair business practices, EcoVadis recognized BCD Travel’s ISO 27001 certification, internal controls and measures to protect customer and traveler data.

The International Organization for Standardization’s ISO 14001 certification provides a framework that an organization can follow to set up an effective environmental management system to assure that environmental impact is being measured and improved.ISO 27001 provides requirements for information security management systems. It qualifies the organization’s effort toward managing sensitive company information so that it remains secure.

About BCD Travel
BCD Travel helps companies make the most of what they spend on travel. For travelers, this means keeping them safe and productive, and equipping them to make good choices on the road. For travel and procurement managers, it means advising them on how to grow the value of their travel program. For executives, we ensure that the travel program supports company objectives. In short, we help our clients travel smart and achieve more. We make this happen in nearly 100 countries with 11,000 creative, committed and experienced people. And it’s how we maintain an industry-leading client-retention rate of more than 95%, with 2013 sales of US$22.4 billion. For more information, visit www.bcdtravel.com.

About BCD Group
BCD Group is a market leader in the travel industry. The privately owned company was founded in 1975 by John Fentener van Vlissingen and consists of BCD Travel (global corporate travel management), Travix (online travel: CheapTickets, Vliegwinkel, BudgetAir, Flugladen and Vayama), Park ‘N Fly (off-airport parking), Parkmobile International (mobile parking and traffic applications) and joint venture Airtrade (consolidating and fulfillment). BCD Group employs over 12,000 people and operates in almost 100 countries with total sales, including US$9.2 billion partner sales, of US$24 billion. For more information, visit www.bcdgroup.com.