Katherine Cheng, Head of Global and Community Impact, Expedia Group
As a global travel company, the discussion of sustainability can often be tricky. While the focus is typically on environmental impact, Expedia Group views our responsibility to sustainability in a broader sense. For several years, we have been committed to off setting our entire employee impact and implemented programs and policies to decrease our footprint. To truly make a difference, we need to go beyond our own actions and provide choices for consumers to act in the most responsible ways and include sustainability of communities in our commitment.
To this end, we adopted four pillars of sustainability: environment; disaster recovery, rebuilding and resiliency; community and economic development; and responsible travel. We partnered with UNESCO in a first-of-its-kind agreement and launched the UNESCO Sustainable Travel Pledge last year to provide education, tools, and accountability for the travel industry to continue to drive meaningful change, while keeping business objectives top of mind. This industry-leading eff ort will highlight what hotels and tour operators are doing to be more sustainable while encouraging all players, big and small, to sign a commitment and be held accountable. We’re excited that Accor Hotels is the first large-chain hotel partner to sign the pledge.
We are beyond the days when governments and corporations are the only ones held responsible for action. Consumers can make a bigger impact through their own actions. We want to give travel managers tools, education, and information to pass onto their travelers so they can make the most informed decisions that match their comfort and values for their travel. Business travelers are in a unique position to inspire action that lessens the impact on the environment, and we’re here to help them do it.
Meet your corporate sustainability goals with Egencia. Sustainability has taken center stage as companies commit to protect natural resources, reduce CO2 emissions and make a positive impact with eco-friendly measures. Managing a business travel program that supports sustainable travel is no exception.
At Egencia, we can help you take smart, practical steps to build a sustainable travel program that mitigates, reduce and offsets your carbon footprint. We have the data and tools you need to report back to your business on your sustainability goals.
Our products and resources support every stage of the booking path, providing guidance on how to reduce your carbon footprint in your itinerary and travel plans:
View your carbon footprint in the booking path and add restrictions to your travel policy, such as preventing air travel to specific destinations.
Select public transport options or search for eco-friendly car rentals like hybrid or electric vehicles.
Get up-to-date data on carbon emissions for air, rail and hotel, allowing you to create customized reports to track your carbon footprint.
Work with our sustainability consultants to identify gaps in your program and travel policy, measure your environmental impact, evaluate supplier partnerships, and educate your travelers.
Carbon Offset Initiatives
Explore carbon offsetting opportunities through our Egencia Advantage partners, including Climate Neutral Group (CNG), atmosfair and Climate Partner for advice on certified sustainability projects.
Our commitment to eco-friendly travel
To be a leader in sustainable travel means leading as a sustainable business. Our parent company, Expedia Group, has been a carbon neutral company since 2017, offsetting our entire carbon footprint around the world.
But it doesn’t stop there. Here’s what Egencia and Expedia Group and Egencia are doing:
- We’ve adopted eight of UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Expedia Group’s corporate headquarters in Seattle is LEED Certified, free of single-use plastics and Salmon-Safe certified
- The Sustainable and Green at Expedia Group community—470 employees across 22 countries—is continuously innovating new ways to reduce our environmental impact and help local communities
- We’re working closely with major suppliers to help them align with UNESCO’s SDGs, with the aim of giving customers a way to quickly identify companies committed to sustainability