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Environmental Impact of Company Travel Is On Your Board's Agenda

 

All major companies have the environment on their agenda and there is little doubt it will be a key subject for board discussion during 2020 and through the years ahead. 


Previously, the main focus will have been on the impact of your company's own operations on the environment. This is now extending to the wider impact of the company’s overall activity - which includes corporate travel. 


Any company that needs to travel to do business, has a challenge. Can it justify its travel? Can it demonstrate it has processes and systems designed to question the need for travel? Does it have a way of avoiding travel and utilising alternatives? 


If it must travel, what is its approach to offsetting and investing in schemes that balance the impact of its travel on the environment?

 

CEOs will be expected to have a clear understanding of these subjects and be able to describe to shareholders, investors and the media how the company manages the situation today - and intends to deal with the impact of its travel going forward. 


Previously, CEOs had little interest in the administration of the company travel programme - after all, the outside world rarely asked them how travel is booked or  airfare savings are achieved. 


But, now that travel has an environmental impact - the outside world becomes interested.