UK organisations are leading the way in Europe when it comes to making sustainable travel a priority, according to a new survey from SAP Concur.
The study of 700 travel buyers and managers across Europe found that 99 per cent considered sustainability as part of their travel policy.
Furthermore, almost half of UK businesses (47 per cent) said their travel policy was already sustainable, compared with 35 per cent of French firms, 13 per cent of organisations in Spain and 18 per cent of German companies.
A higher proportion of British firms are also working hard to improve their employees’ understanding of sustainable business travel. This is being done through a range of initiatives, such as formal training (64 per cent), internal communications campaigns (70 per cent) and regular communication with travellers during trips (68 per cent).
Ami Taylor, senior director, global product strategy at SAP Concur, added: “As demand for higher levels of sustainability grows, questions about sustainability policies will be raised more strongly, more often and by more parties, from management and employees to supply-chain partners and external stakeholders, as well as the employees themselves.
“It is therefore positive to see that so many UK businesses have already made great strides in their quest for green business travel programmes.
“Moving forward, businesses should focus on continuing their ongoing programme to support their travelling employees in making greener choices - supported by the right tools to help them make informed decisions.”