The policy encourages environmental accountability and cost effectiveness as well as a fair and sustainable work-life balance.
The purpose of the Responsible Business Travel Policy is to provide appropriate guidance to Preferred by Nature staff and other individuals undertaking travel on behalf of Preferred by Nature and to ensure that Preferred by Nature implements its ‘duty of care’ to all staff who need to travel as part of their employment at Preferred by Nature.
In addition, Preferred by Nature is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace, and in accordance with the relevant legislation, statutory requirements and good practice, to as far as reasonably practicable ensure the health and safety of its employees also when travelling for work.
In accordance with Objective 3.6 (“Walking the talk of sustainability”) of the Preferred by Nature strategy, Preferred by Nature is committed to be an environmentally responsible and accountable organisation and actively considers the consequences of its decisions, policies and actions on people, nature and the climate.
We therefore continually strive to reduce the negative environmental impacts of our operations including but not limited to the impacts associated with business travel and accommodation. Carbon emissions originating from business transportation (air, train, bus and road) currently represent approximately 76% of our total carbon emissions while business accommodation accounts for almost 14%.
Preferred by Nature recognises that business travel is necessary and essential for the effectiveness of our organisation. However, some travel can be avoided. Preferred by Nature staff members and others who travel on behalf of Preferred by Nature are strongly encouraged to limit the amount of travel they undertake and travel in environmentally responsible ways to minimise the overall environmental footprint of the organisation. Section 1 covers the business travel principles that are relevant for all business travel; section 2 specifically concerns risk travel; and section 3 is general advice when travelling.
For all principles outlined in this policy, Preferred by Nature recognises that it is important to consider the distinct local features and characteristics of the respective countries of travel.
This policy was approved on 16 November 2020.