The findings from GBTA and Concur show that only 27% of travel managers surveyed say their company encourages travellers to book with sustainable suppliers.
Furthermore, only 31% are currently working sustainable initiatives into travel policy and only 4% mandate travellers to select suppliers using sustainable practices.
“Global anxieties around sustainability continue to dominate the headlines,” says Pierre-Emmanuel Tetaz, SVP & GM – EMEA, SAP Concur. “Despite this it seems corporate travel programmes are not converting this into tangible employee education and T&E practices.”
He continues: “While individual contributions to choosing sustainable and eco-conscious options around travel and consumerism is great and shows willing, it’s corporations that are capable of steering us toward a more sustainable future. But there’s much work to be done.”
The survey showed that more than two-thirds (70%) of European travel managers believe it is important to empower travellers to make sustainable travel choices, and over half (57%) have received requests from travellers to do so.
“Business travel is a core part of all global business, so it’s crucial we find a way to mitigate the damage it causes the environment,” adds Tetaz.