06 September 2007 | Antony Barton
Under 10 per cent of travel managers know how corporate manslaughter legislation affects their responsibility of buying travel for employees, according to new research.
Paul Tilstone, executive director of the Institute of Travel Management, which conducted the research, said it was "a matter of grave concern" that less than a third of British organisations have a risk assessment process in place for such purchases.
He added: "More than 40 per cent of companies now recommend that travellers are driven home or to the office after a long-haul flight. However, 79 per cent of firms do not require employees to sign that they have read and understood the company's travel policy, thereby creating grounds for a potential legal challenge should something go wrong."
Colin Goldney, managing director of Argate Consulting, ITM's research partner, said employee non-compliance with travel policy was both the cause and effect of not having full risk assessment procedures in place. He added that 20 per cent of companies do nothing to address non-compliance.
ITM surveyed a panel of 160 heads of procurement and travel managers.