Green work and travel revolution charter launched
Don't miss the opportunity to change travel habits
Global Action Plan launches charter to ignite a green work and travel revolution.
With under 3 weeks to go until the Olympics begins, our research asks whether businesses really have alternative plans for travel.
Still not prepared
- Only 1 in 5 workers say their business has plans for deliveries of goods and services to keep their company running
- Just 13% of workers say their company has plans for alternative business travel
- Only a quarter of working Londoners have a plan for their commute
Global Action Plan charter for business
We have launched a charter for businesses to rethink the way they operate during the Games and beyond. The expected Olympic disruption provides a real opportunity for businesses to increase productivity, cut costs and reduce damage to the environment.
1. Effective remote working: cut down the carbon heavy commute one day each week
Shutting down the office one day per week and helping people work remotely will save money, carbon and boost employee motivation. But check the technology works first to ensure that IT systems can cope with this significant change.
2. Introduce more flexible working hours
Help staff avoid the daily crush doing the commute by allowing more flexible working hours. Commuting journeys will be shorter – time which can be used to increase productivity.
3. Meet online
Technology has progressed – actively encourage meetings with clients and suppliers to take place online where possible. Agree with them to set boundaries and incentives to reduce travel and save carbon and money at the same time.
4. Incentivise staff to travel less
It’s not just the athletes at the Games that should compete. Offering prizes and providing quarterly feedback of progress can foster a friendly spirit of competition and collective responsibility to reduce travel, and the costs and carbon associated with it.
5. Set yourself targets that involves the whole company – from cleaner to CEO
Senior managers need to lead by example and show the benefits to employees throughout the whole organisation.
Getting everyone involved in the project will lead to lasting behavioural change, forming common bonds between all employees, and creating enthusiasm to work smarter and travel less. Together people can drive change.
What you can do
- Find out more about how Global Action Plan is working with businesses on their Olympic travel planning and beyond
- Register with us to receive our Business in Motion travel report
If you need to introduce a travel plan for the Olympics, or are looking to change your company's culture around flexible working, call Catherine Harris on 020 7420 4434 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.