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 is needed
Nowadays travel activity in companies is not only being questioned for cost reasons. Public pressure over initiatives such as “Fridays for Future” and the increasing “flight shame” are challenging companies to rethink their travel habits. The critical overall view increasingly calls into question the need for business travel, creates space for the integration of technical alternatives, such as video, web and telephone conferences, or the creative use of VR, augmented or blended technologies. The intelligent avoidance of business travel leads to immediately comprehensible results: stress reduction for travelling employees, improved climate balance, positive influence on the operating result and, last but not least, increasing employer attractiveness. In the future, unavoidable business trips will have to be evaluated according to new, non-cost-driven aspects. It will be about a lasting effect in a comprehensive sense, namely the balance between economic, environmental and social 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.