The three areas of sustainability - called Planet (Ecology), People (Social) and Profit (Economy) - interact with each other and require a balanced coexistence in the long term.
Under the 2030 Agenda, the United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with 169 targets in 2015.
Rethinking for a healthy, sustainable future
Covid-19 forces us to rethink. What can we take from the experience and positive-creative implementation of the lockdown into the post-virus era? What can a healthy and sustainable future look like in a broad sense and what consequences does this have for our present?
Sustainability and climate protection will remain defining issues, because global warming also has health consequences. Climate protection is therefore essential in many respects.
Act today, question behavior, put the tried and tested to the test and, if necessary, continue or adapt, dare to do something new: courage is required, with companies and with each individual.
Travel activity in companies will increase again and will be put to the test in the future: for reasons of health, for cost reasons and not least for climate protection reasons.
A comprehensive accounting of real travel costs, the carbon footprint and other environmental parameters will become the basis for future decisions. The benefits for employees and companies are obvious: stress reduction for travelling employees, improved climate balance, positive influence on operating profit and, last but not least, increasing employer attractiveness.
Technical solutions, such as video, web and telephone conferences, as well as the creative use of VR, augmented or blended technologies offer alternatives.
In the future, unavoidable business trips will have to be assessed according to new, not cost-driven aspects, but in a balance between economic, ecological and social-societal interests.
Planet, People, Profit
Sustainability is the concept of a sustainable development of the economic, ecological and social dimension of human existence.
Sustainably-oriented companies see themselves as part of society and assume their responsibilities. Through consistent sustainability management, these companies govern and control the impact of corporate activity on their environmental footprint and also make a valuable contribution to the sustainable development of society.
Business travel is an important factor in national and international business. However, it also has a negative effect on our environment and on employees who have to deal with health & security risks and stress. A sustainable business travel program simultaneously and equally important implements the environmental, economic and social objectives of a company.
The topic of sustainable management has now reached many companies. Many standards for use in operation already exist. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015 are becoming increasingly important as a framework for guidance and are firmly anchored in the corporate strategy.
To exist in the future within the framework of the climate and sustainability debate, companies are required to take other aspects into account in the field of travel planning in addition to ecological-economic solutions: not only labor law, safety & security, well-being of travelers, and employee satisfaction, but also the social impact of travel in the destination countries will be increasingly important.