As a people-centered business with a global client base, the international and national business travel we undertake accounts for more than half of our annual carbon emissions. Whilst recognizing that the mobility of our people is essential, we are committed to reducing our travel emissions without compromising on the value we gain from spending time face-to-face with our clients. We are committed to decoupling business travel and business growth.
Since 2015, we have focused on helping team members make smart and sustainable choices when it comes to travel, with a travel strategy that has three main elements:
- Promoting virtual collaboration and technology enabled meetings as an alternative to travel
- Encouraging modal shift to lower carbon travel options such as rail, public transport or cycling
- Changing culture and behaviors around travel to give people freedom, flexibility and accountability for their travel choices
Business travel at a glance
Across the business, we deliver our sustainable travel in different ways
Car sharing in India
In India, Capgemini has partnered with ‘sRide’, India’s largest carpooling app across 12 Indian cities with an exceptional uptake, with approximately 50% of our India colleagues becoming active users. 5.3 million carpool kilometers were logged on the app in 2018, helping to save over 1,000 tCO2e from commuting, as well as reducing congestion and air pollution.
Encouraging public transport for commuting and business travel through discounts in the Netherlands
Capgemini Netherlands offers a comprehensive mobility program to its employees: a flexible mobility budget; a lease arrangement to choose fuel efficient, lower emissions lease cars; free public transport travel for those with a lease car; a range of financial incentives offered both for purchase and business use of bicycles; and provision of eBikes and eCars at the Utrecht and Amsterdam offices.
Virtual Collaboration Hubs in the UK
A working group with representatives from Sustainability, IT and Facilities established a proof of concept for ‘Virtual Collaboration Hubs’ – dedicated spaces within our offices where people can collaborate on documents and digital whiteboards across multiple locations in real-time whilst on a video call. The Virtual Collaboration Hubs have been designed to create a richer, more engaging and interactive session. This proof of concept has proved popular with a number of strategic accounts and will be scaled up throughout 2019.