Travellers go green to create a brighter future
We’ve all heard of ecotourism, a movement that has been around for decades, but now more companies also are making a conscious effort to embrace eco-business travel.
This trend has gathered pace in recent years as global awareness of our need to protect the planet has inspired more business travellers to reduce their environmental footprint.
Stage's team globally is seeing more clients incorporating sustainability practices into their travel program and also requirements that relate to sustainable practices into their RFPs.
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), in partnership with AIG – a multinational finance and insurance corporation, took an in depth look at the ‘greening’ of business travel when they conducted the study - Corporate Social Responsibility: Going Beyond Green in 2017.
Of the companies surveyed -:
37% track the carbon footprint of their travellers
23% use a sustainability index or scorecard system to understand the sustainability practices of key suppliers
7% set carbon emission reduction targets.
The good news is that even the smallest changes can have significant environmental impacts – and these changes often also benefit the organisation’s bottom line.
As part of the Flight Centre Travel Group, Stage is proud to champion social responsibility and greener business travel practices. This year the company brought its Brighter Futures’ initiative to life, in the offices where our employees work, in our travel and also had initiatives for employees to embrace in their personal lives. The core philosophies behind the Brighter Futures Program are a fundamental part of Stage's DNA and are designed to shine a light on issues we are passionate about.
At Stage, we know that socially responsible travel and practices in the workplace lead to higher employee satisfaction and also appeal to new employees who support sustainable practices.
Here’s how to be green on the go
- Choose an airline that offers a carbon offset option, as the CO2 emissions produced by the aviation industry significantly impact the atmosphere. According to a 2010 NASA report, about 25% of airplane emissions come from landing and taking off.
- Pack as light as possible as every extra kilo of luggage weight increases an aircraft’s carbon emissions.
- Travel without paper by using more digital tools and technology for tickets, hotel confirmations and itineraries.
- Choose a hotel with solid green credentials. Many hotel groups now promote environmental initiatives including solar power, water recycling, energy-efficient lighting, kitchen waste recycling, sustainable furnishings, garden walls to control temperature and organic menus.
- Choose a hotel near your business meeting or event, so you catch public transport, use a share bike/electric scooter program or walk.
- Be an environmentally responsible guest; reuse towels, turn lights/air-con off when you’re out, take short showers and avoid dry cleaning clothes.
- Pack your own toiletries in reusable containers, BYO toothbrush and a reusable razor. Don’t add to plastic waste by using the throwaway amenity products.
- Travel with a reusable coffee cup, stainless steel straw, reusable drink bottle and a compact reusable shopping bag.
- In restaurants choose local ingredients to reduce food miles, ask about sustainable seafood and order the local wine or beer. You’ll be stimulating the local economy and trying something new at the same time.
- If you do need to hire a car, ask the car hire company if they have electric or hybrid vehicles available.
- If you’re taking a gift home, look for locally produced products at markets or support local craftspeople using renewable materials.