Capegemini wins award for green travel

IT consulting and professional services firm, Capegemini, has won an award for its green travel initiatives.

The firm won the award for its eco-friendly corporate travel programme, which is to include personal carbon budgets from next year, and which is called TravelWell.

The award was presented to the winner by BusinessGreen, a website that offers news, information and advice on environmental responsibility. The firm won the Green Transport Project of the Year award.

The website also stated that next year, in the region of 400 Capgemini employees in the United Kingdom would, ‘find out if they can stay within their new carbon budgets as part of the latest phase of the company’s pioneering, TravelWell programme.’

The IT firm won the award for its travel disclosures and its eco-consciousness. It already reports individual business travellers’ carbon emissions. About 6,000 of such reports have been made available through an intranet site. The company is also planning to include more workers under its current plan, and if everything falls into place, then 7,500 of the firm’s employees will come under the programme in 2014. According to Capgemini, business travel accounts for 30 percent of the firm’s total carbon footprint.

In its website, the firm said, ‘A key assumption of the business model has always been that the right skills and experience of employees are matched with clients’ business challenges, regardless of location. So, it was a particular challenge to introduce initiatives that support employees in reducing the carbon emissions from their business travel.’