June 15, 2024

Amex GBT creates new sustainability role

American Express GBTA has promoted Nora Lovell Marchant to the newly-created role of Vice President Global Sustainability.

She was previously GBT’s Director of Global Regulatory Compliance, responsible for developing GBT’s strategy, including green targets and the creation of a sustainability value proposition.

The TMC said the more senior VP position has been established to “drive and coordinate enterprise-wide green initiatives and enable GBT to achieve targets set out in its sustainability strategy”.

It has committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2025 and to work with clients and partners to drive aviation towards net zero carbon by 2050.

Si-Yeon Kim, Chief Risk and Compliance Officer and Executive Chair of ESG, said: “Nora has been central to embedding the foundation of sustainability at GBT and helping drive the wider environmental, social and governance (ESG) agenda across the organisation. Nora’s appointment underlines GBT’s determination to lead the global business travel industry to a greener future.”

Nora Lovell Marchant
Nora Lovell Marchant

The appointment comes after Amex GBT published its latest ESG report, which outlined five key areas for its environmental sustainability strategy:

  • Track & Report: helping clients set targets, track carbon and report on emissions, with data analytics to inform strategy and decision-making.
  • Influence Choice: providing point-of-sale tools for travellers to make greener choices. Last year GBT’s data and expense platform Neo was further enhanced with green features including a carbon filter for air and rail, green hotel badge and filter, and electric and hybrid car highlight.
  • Buy Green: enabling clients to purchase green content and choose sustainable suppliers for travel, meetings and events.
  • Promote Offsets: GBT launched a carbon offset platform to help clients and suppliers reach their carbon neutrality commitments with high-quality carbon credits. Partners include Carbonfund.org Foundation, Carbon Footprint and Tasman Environmental Markets.
  • Drive towards net-zero aviation: GBT is helping to create a circular economy with an industry-level shift towards a low-carbon future with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and emerging decarbonisation solutions.