Sustainability

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The SDGs were adopted in 2015 by the 193 United Nations (UN) member states. These 17 goals address economic, environmental and social impacts, and are designed to form a blueprint for good growth, nationally and internationally, by 2030. They’re underpinned by 169 targets to help define progress.

BCD Travel has supported this shared plan of action for people, planet and prosperity for two years. Through our strategic direction and business activities, BCD Travel contributes directly and indirectly to the achievement of the SDGs. We identified and prioritized five areas that are most relevant for our business:

No poverty (1) End poverty in all its forms everywhere.

Investment in community begins with individuals. We support our employees’ efforts to improve their local communities through social investment, business relationships and charitable activities. Our passion for helping others also benefits our clients and produces business success. We’re tapping that same passion to brighten the future for people around the world. The John & Marine van Vlissingen BCD Family Foundation is a global channel for raising and distributing funds to improve lives of people in need, with an emphasis on children’s wellbeing.

The foundation works with L’Ecole de Choix in Haiti to offer high-quality education to impoverished children. The project aims to give them the opportunities to make an extraordinary impact on Haiti’s social fabric, economy, non-profit environment and business sector. We fulfilled our 2018 financial commitment to the L’Ecole de Choix.

In 2018, we supported 35 projects around the world to help children in need in places where BCD employees live and work.

Quality education (4) Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Creating a great workforce goes far beyond hiring top candidates. We’ve developed a comprehensive talent management program to nurture the qualified people we hire and help them reach their full potential as employees.

Our approach helps develop people who are driven to lead others and those who find their highest satisfaction in mastering their role in support of a bigger team. Because everyone, not just our company’s leadership team, deserves opportunities to feel good about their contributions. Our Confident Self approach engages employees at all levels in developing the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their current role and potential future roles.

Gender equality (5) Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Diversity is an important factor in our business success. Globally, our staff is 70% female and 30% male, reflective of the traditionally female-oriented travel industry. Our workplace programs, including sponsorship, mentoring, training and coaching opportunities, help guide our employees to advance their skillsets and careers.

For example, in 2018, BCD was named to Forbes’ list of America’s Best Employers For Women, coming in at No. 73 of 300 companies.

Climate action (13) Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

We’re committed to supporting a healthy and sustainable environment, by establishing policies and programs that specifically outline how we conduct business in a safe, environmentally sound manner in accordance with relevant legislation and regulations.
We offer a suite of environmental service offerings, such as carbon emission tracking, carbon offsetting and virtual collaboration solutions, to help our clients reduce their contribution to climate change. Traveler engagement consulting services help clients ensure their employees work together most effectively and avoid non-essential travel.

Partnerships for the goals (17) Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

We work with stakeholders to mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, and technology that support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in all of the countries where we operate.

We partner with all sectors of the travel industry to enable people to travel. This involves the coordination between BCD Travel and technology partners, airlines, hotels and other suppliers. Together with industry partners, such as GBTA (Global Business Travel Association) and ACTE (Association of Corporate Travel Executives), we work to achieve better industry regulations and cooperate closely on issues such as climate action, travel risk and duty of care.