A new set of sustainability-focused services from Advito and parent company BCD Travel will help clients find ways to reduce travel demand and mitigate the environmental impact of business travel. Called Sustainable Collaboration, the offering will help corporations:
- Set up effective carbon-offset programs
- Reduce demand of lower-value travel
- Measure travel’s environmental impact
- Work with their travelers to make more sustainable choices
- Factor sustainability considerations into travel supplier selection
- Meet their companywide sustainable development goals
“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.”
Advito’s analysis of trip-purpose data for more than 50 companies found that internal travel drives 40% to 65% of travel spend. Companies can reduce internal travel by up to 50% by adopting effective forms of collaboration and helping travelers decide when to travel – or more importantly, when not to.
By helping travelers skip the trip, one client reduced travel costs by US$5.5 million, avoided over 900 internal trips, and boosted productivity by redirecting over 15,000 hours of employee travel time.
“Whether it’s providing sustainability support through BCD Travel or creating new services through Advito, we’re continually reinforcing our company’s dedication to ethically managing environmental, social and financial responsibilities,” says Kathy Jackson, BCD vice president and executive chair for sustainability. “We look forward to working with our clients to build more sustainable managed travel programs for the future.”