Eco-friendly is in, people. Clients, partners, and peers are now more than ever looking to connect with companies who understand the importance of sustainable business practices. Tracking your environmental footprint is not only a huge competitive differentiator, but it shows your forward focused mentality. Updating your business travel routine is the perfect first step in building more sustainable practices within your company and personal life. Here are a few ideas on how to integrate sustainability into business travel. Enjoy!
Where Are You Staying?
If you want to be more sustainable when traveling, do some research before you book a hotel or furnished apartment. Do they have sustainability standards themselves? Start building better partners and suppliers that have aligning values when it comes to bettering the environment. Now is also a good time to check your company's Corporate Social Responsibility plan to make sure sustainable travel policies are included. If it's not, make sure it gets updated!
One of the easiest ways to ensure a sustainable accommodation is by partnering with the right corporate travel company. Not only will they make your job easier, but they'll usually guarantee sustainable business practices within your stay. Compass, for example, is on a never ending journey to help the planet be as eco-friendly as possible. We make sure our partners know our about our growing sustainability practices. Here are some to name a few:
Solar panels in our Quincy office
NEST energy conscious thermostats in our apartments
Biodegradable cleaning products
Recycling bins in all apartments and offices
Donating old furniture to those in need
Hybrid Compass Vehicles
Online Welcome Books (no more wasteful print outs)
Is Flying The Only Option?
Air travel is one of the world's largest polluters. The more you limit your travelers from flying is an automatic win for the environment. I know traveling is essential for your business, but there are smarter, more eco-friendly ways to go about it. One easy way is to book direct flights whenever possible. Take-offs and landings do the most harm in emitting chemicals into the air, so taking one flight instead of two is such an easy way help the environment.
The second option is to hop on the "fly-less" movement and take a train. I know what you're thinking....is this the 1950's?! A train?! Hear me out. Today's trains are more fast, reliable, and great with cell service than ever before. Especially if you're in a highly urbanized part of the country, you could definitely make this an option. If anything, do some research and see what your options are. It's good to explore all possibilities!
Do We NEED To Go?
Whether you're on a direct flight or taking the train, the only option greener than that would be staying home. We know face to face is still the most meaningful way to go about business, but now more than ever, we not only need to think about the environment, but we need to prioritize our time, too.
Do you really need to fly out to have this meeting? Would it be okay to video conference instead? If you do need to go, try to squeeze in as much as you can while you're there. Plan multiple meetings, get ahead on future projects, and take advantage of being on site.
How Are You Getting Around?
Use Uber, Lyft, and public transportation whenever possible. It's more sustainable and will save you on parking, tolls, rental cars, etc. If a rental car is needed, remember to choose a hybrid or another fuel-efficient option!
Are We Really Still Using Plastic?
This one's obvious, but nevertheless, here it is. Take the initiative and lower your use of plastic. Reusable water bottles, to-go coffee cups, and toiletry items may seem small, but it truly does make a big difference in the long run.
Gossiping isn't all bad, right?
Don't succeed in silence. Make sure everyone in your company knows the steps you and your company are taking throughout your travel procedures! Tell employees and blast out your wins on social media. Use your own experiences to inspire others and start a movement!
Sustainable business travel can help your company save time and money through more efficient practices, improve your organization's reputation, and of course, reduce harmful emissions that contribute to pollution and climate change. Start integrating these tips within your travel routine before it's too late!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hey, guys! It's Maddy, the Content Creator at Compass. I've been trying to find helpful, more eco-friendly tips within both my personal and professional life. Thought I'd share! Find me here on Linkedin. I'd love to connect!