Today”s opening of the ITM conference in Edinburgh, saw the institute unveil its Environmental Impact Reduction Toolkit
An Environmental Impact Reduction Toolkit has been launched by the Institute of Travel Management (ITM) on the opening day of its 2007 conference in Edinburgh.
The toolkit is part of ITM”s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, Project Icarus, launched at the end of 2006 and which has received government funding of ”100,000 ($196,000) in association with Cranfield University”s Department of Air Transport.
The new resource contains corporate case studies featuring video conferencing, ground transport, a guide to travel policy environmental best practice and an FAQ document outlining carbon issues.
ITM has also launched a DVD containing interviews with travel buyers, suppliers and intermediaries, discussing their CSR policies, as well as an edition of the Association”s Newsline magazine, focusing exclusively on CSR and environmental issues.
”There can be no bigger issue that CSR in our industry right now,” said ITM executive director, Paul Tilstone. ”The theme of our conference is Responsible Travel Management and we”ve already encouraged our conference delegates to take responsibility for offsetting their own travel to and from the conference. However, it doesn”t stop there.
”By the end of June, we will have a set of accreditation standards in place to recognise buyers who undertake carbon reduction programmes. Later this year, we will be launching an awards process that recognises supplier” innovation and leadership in environmental impact reduction.”