Managing corporate travel to increase sustainability has rapidly morphed from a feel-good nicety to an absolute necessity. Research shows business travelers are calling for more eco-friendly travel options, and companies are listening.
In an article linked to the upcoming Business Travel Show, Feb. 26-27 in London, BCD Travel’s Tony McGetrick offers three ways travel buyers can jump-start sustainability using program management tactics already in their toolkits.
- Give sustainability greater weight in supplier selection.
You probably already consider sustainability when evaluating agency, air, hotel and car partners. But plan to expand: Three-quarters of travel managers say they’ll focus even more on sourcing with eco-minded suppliers over the next two years, according to research from the Global Business Travel Association and SAP Concur.
- Guide travelers toward more eco-friendly choices.
Using Traveler EngagementTM tactics to boost sustainability is simple because your on-the-road employees want to reduce their impact. Over the past year, 58% of travel managers received traveler requests for more eco-friendly trip options, according to GBTA and SAP Concur.
- Leverage collaboration technology to reduce nonessential trips.
Video-enabled collaboration tools are getting better and more ubiquitous every day. In 2020, try incorporating them into your program as non-travel offerings in ways that won’t hurt your bottom line.
A directed virtual collaboration strategy for internal meetings enabled one company to significantly reduce its environmental impact by avoiding over 900 trips. The company also saved US$5.5 million and boosted productivity by redirecting over 15,000 hours of employee travel time.