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Environment still important in downturn

Source: www.e-tid.com

UK bosses are more concerned about green travel than those elsewhere in the world, according to research.

The fifth annual report from the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) and travel and expense management specialist KDS shows 51% of UK business travellers think their top managers set a good example when it comes to making ‘green’ travel choices.

That compares with 44% in France and the US.

However, there is still room for improvement, as 41% of UK respondents think their bosses could do better.

The report also shows that organisations are sticking with their commitment to greener travel, despite the recession.

The majority of respondents (57%) disagree that their company would care less about corporate social responsibility (CSR) because of the financial crisis, while 46% put supporting environmental sustainability at the ‘mid tier’ of their priority.

In addition, the survey found that a growing number of travel departments are expected to report to senior management on carbon emissions.

When asked what might help them travel in a more ecologically-conscious way, 66% said more information about the carbon emissions of a travel option before booking would be welcome.

A further 59% of respondents would like more guidance on their employers’ CSR and travel policies.

Last year, 61% had their overall business travel cut, while 51% expect this year’s travel to remain unchanged and 21% to take fewer business trips.

This is partly offset by the 27% who expect to travel more.

ACTE president Richard Crum said: ‘It is a great relief to see that corporate social responsibility remains a strong priority for many corporations, and an equally strong concern for travellers, who are making an effort to reduce their impact on the planet.

‘It is understandable that the last year has seen corporate leadership focus on the financial health of their companies.

‘However, it is important to recognise that truly sustainable businesses balance the demands of shareholders with respect for the environment and the people and communities they impact every day.’

The report was based on the opinions of 317 business travellers and procurement and travel executives via an online poll undertaken in December 2009 and January 2010.

 






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