GBTA study supports sustainability initiatives important to MTPs
Friday, July 6, 2012
A Global Business Travel Association Foundation study released July 2 shows that sustainability initiatives are becoming increasingly important in managed travel programs. This trend could mean additional travel allowances for corporate accommodations that support green efforts.
The study surveyed travel managers in Europe, Australia and the United States on their opinions regarding sustainability initiatives in relation to their business travel programs. The results revealed that companies are increasingly focusing on implementing sustainability measures in order to save money for the companies, to establish strong business relationships with “green-friendly suppliers,” and to set positive examples for customers in an attempt to encourage smarter, more eco-friendly decisions.
The travel managers surveyed were asked to offer up ideas as to what actions could be taken to increase sustainability efforts in various travel programs. A majority suggested taking action to influence business travelers’ behaviors through education and engaged discussions about what all parties are willing to do for the green initiative front. Examples given were developing better carpooling initiatives for business travelers and having managers push particular vendors that have green initiatives in place.
One such vendor could be Next Generation Logistics, which was recently awarded the top green supply chain partner award by Food Logistics for the second year in a row. NGL’s FreightMaster transportation management software allows users to reduce travel distance, select appropriate equipment, and maximize capacity for their shipments.