Sustainability

Sustainability is a broad topic, with several implications for the travel industry. Environmental concerns and climate change usually get the most attention, but good corporate citizenship means sustainable business practices in such areas as community outreach and development, equitable job opportunities and more.

Some examples of our coverage
• The role of remote/virtual conferencing
• Environmental, social and governance issues

Microsoft Sustainable Aviation Fuel Purchase Is A ‘Demand Signal’ To The Industry

Carbon offsets alone won’t help airlines and their customers meet sustainability goals. Alternatives to fossil-based jet fuel hold promise, and big corporate travel spenders are getting involved. Last month, Microsoft committed to purchasing sustainable aviation fuel for employee flights on Alaska Airlines after doing the same with KLM in 2019. More need to follow to…

A Step Forward In The Promise Of Ultrafast ‘Hyperloops’

By Eric A. Taub, a contributing technology writer for The New York Times. His article is republished here with permission as part of our licensing program. We welcome your comments below. Moapa, Nev. — Hyperloop technology, which promises to transport people and goods at speeds of up to 600 mph, has long seemed too good…

Op Ed: John Harvey On The Future Of Business Travel Demand

Using an everyday observation, industry veteran John Harvey, managing partner at the Globalyse and Harvey & Heywood marketing and communications firms, finds that people were traveling for business more than they needed to. It is 8:30 a.m. on a Monday and I am off to check on a barometer that measures the current demand and sentiment for…

Corporates Care About Managing Environmental Impact And There’s No Time Like The Present

Three in four European corporate travel decision makers polled early this year agreed that changes were needed to address sustainability in business travel, but only 17 percent were confident in pulling that off. “The apparent disconnect really tells quite a simple story,” according to Jim McClelland, a sustainability expert and author at publisher Raconteur, which…

Op Ed: Louise Miller On TMC Innovation Coming Back Into View

Louise Miller, managing partner in the Americas for Areka Consulting, sees opportunity for suppliers and buyers to reorient their thinking and emerge from the pandemic crisis with improved products and programs. For travel management companies, the key is to recognize the forces behind innovation. Over the past five years, we’ve seen unprecedented investment in the…

Calling Out Points Programs As A Ruse, Expensify Enables ‘Instant’ Karma

Expensify founder and CEO David Barrett on Monday evening announced an ambitious program for social change that, among other measures, directs 10 percent of revenue generated from its corporate card to charity. The company created a charitable organization that solicits donations from non-customers as well as those using Expensify’s payment and expense solutions. The mission…

Big Companies Turn To Biofuel To Help Cut Business Travel Air Emissions

It seems each new week brings another announcement about plans for sustainable aviation fuel. Several European airlines recently gave customers opportunities to get involved. Microsoft in October said it joined KLM’s corporate program that funds biofuel purchases. Separately, Dutch sustainable aviation fuel company SkyNRG around the same time began engaging companies to help develop the…

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