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October 2011 | Angeline Albert
cutting outranks sustainability as a reason why businesses are cutting business
travel buyers believe their organisations are not active enough in corporate social
responsibility (CSR) and made their views known in an annual survey of 392
individuals (of which 61 per cent were buyers and the rest were travellers).
year, 42 per cent said their
company suggested they reduce the number
of business trips to save money.
Only 4 per cent said that this decision was made in support of a sustainability
policy. In 2010, 19 per cent said CSR-related issues contributed to a decision
to reduce business trips.
The ACTE/KDS Study 2011 by the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) and
business travel solutions provider KDS, showed 45 per cent believe their company should be more active in
the CSR field. A further 17 per cent said few concrete actions are undertaken
or their company is not making any effort at all towards sustainability.
third (35 per cent) said their organisation’s online reservation tool takes the
company’s sustainability policy into account – whether this be via a carbon
emissions calculator, by proposing a low carbon-emission option or suggesting
travel avoidance actions such as video conferences. Only 32 per cent said their
travel department is required to submit reports to management on carbon
The report said: “Awareness and adoption of
CSR is increasing, but there are still significant improvements to be made in
terms of implementation and involvement. Three years on, the impact of the
financial crisis is still a key driver for travel reduction as a means of