There are two main points of focus when it comes to sustainable business:
- the impact of business on the environment
- the impact of business on society
Both are a concern for international Human Resource managers, but we will focus on environmental impact and sustainable business travel.
Although there are many factors that have combined to cause the situation we now finds ourselves in, there is no doubt global business and industry has played a part. A study by the Environmental Protection Agency in the US found the transport industry as a whole is responsible for 30% of carbon emissions. There is a specific focus on the aviation and travel industry. The EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc said airline emissions in 2019 were twice what they were in the 1990’s, a rate of growth that is unsustainable if we are to preserve our planet for future generations.