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A Green Travel Policy: a must of Bnl BNP Paribas

A travel policy green it’s a must per Bnl BNP Paribas. The banking-financial group makes environmental and social impact its “raison d’etre“: We talk about it with the travel and mobility manager Davide Sanna. As is known, BNL has been part of the French multinational since 2006. “Today we periodically measure the total emissions on the three types of mobility: Air, Rail and rentals, as contributory elements of our sustainability report», He says during our interview.

And it is the latter the document more important than a large company that leads all departments to actively move towards the adoption of sustainable practices.

Green travel policy and sustainability report, a strong combination

How do companies today approach the issue of sustainability for the aspects of corporate mobility?

Sanna: «The search for a better relationship in relations conjugated to a balance between work and personal life is a determining factor that involves us and affects all workers. To our last survey on employees for the preparation of the Home Work Moving Plana very high adhesion was confirmed, despite the pandemic period.

This attitude demonstrates how important the theme is for all of us and also demonstrates the desire to participate in order to contribute to the ecological transition. The importance is even greater for companies such as BNL which have their own sustainability report as it is important for ours group leader BNP Paribas.

For us, ESG initiatives and responsible investments have been priorities for some time now and we are talking about sustainability at 360 degrees, not only for the aspects of business mobility».

What are the activities implemented?

«Since 2019 we have embarked on a path of ecological transition for company cars both service and fringe benefit, depending on the rental deadlines and related renewals.

It is a “step by step” process that leads to constant improvement also as a function of the technological innovations that progressively take place in the market automotive».

In this regard, part of the group BNP Paribas is Arvalleading charterer of the long termwith which we manage the company fleet.

So, dealing with mobility management, did the presentation of the PSCLs place an emphasis on the focus of sustainability?

«By participating in the tables of the Mobility Agencies of the local administrations we noticed that the solicitation to preparation of the PSCL for the companies concerned, consequently to the interministerial decree of May 2021, gave a strong push towards the analysis of company mobility aimed at identifying all possible alternative mobility to the private car.

Unfortunately, the pandemic period does not help the realization of many hypothesized and identified initiatives, such as the car pooling and the car sharing.

But we hope and believe that the post-pandemic recovery can reactivate the expansion process of these sustainable mobility initiatives and that the MaaS (mobility as a service), on which we are also working, can correctly interpret and satisfy the needs “.

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In Travel properly, is your Travel Policy by definition “green”?

Sanna: “Absolutely yes, dal 2016 we have a process of analysis and reporting of business travel that measures total CO2 emissions. Each year we determine how much carbon dioxide we have saved to contribute to the “journey” to carbon neutrality.

Together with the tools offered by ours travel management company (Bcd Travel, ed) we measure the total kilometers routes by plane, train and car. Among the attentions to reduce CO2 there is the preference of the train to the plane (in second class) and of the economy on continental flights.

In fact, the i wear di C02 pro-head it is lower if you use a travel class that has more seats available in the carriages or in the cabin. And it doesn’t use amenities and ancillary services.

In 2018, with the travel policy we also published “The 10 golden rules of the corporate traveler” with the aim of highlighting virtuous practices through principles of sobriety perfectly aligned with sustainability.

Furthermore, we select hotels at group level and the choice falls on chains with sustainability certifications and particular attention to the green approach ».

The BNP Paribas group counts in everything 14 companies, 17 thousand employees in Italy.

Why not measure the emissions for each trip?

Sanna: «It’s a question of homogeneity of data: not all travel services available on the platforms show CO2 values.

Furthermore, if the emissions of the single trip were considered as a selection element, this would have a discriminating impact on the traveller’s choices. Both in terms of consistency with his commitments, in relation to the schedules that can be selected, and in economic terms.

Indeed, ours self booking tool, MyTravelthinks on the logic of best buy and the CO2 value could not always be a contributing element in compliance with the policy.

In any case, if present in the booking platform of the supplier or the GDS, the evidence of emissions is represented on our tool.

I would add that, certainly if service providers provided more sustainability data on booking systems along with related economic benefits, then the evidence of single voyage emissions could certainly be taken into consideration. On the one hand for corporate measurements, but above all for the awareness of the traveler who makes the choice ».

What about the sustainability certifications of hotel chains on GDSs or hotel sourcing providers?

“They are many and not very homogeneous, a generalized classification would be needed to be used for everyone”.

Could we choose suppliers based on the green approach, eliminating those who don’t have them?

“Difficult to be like that sharp on suppliers, who can, however, do something more. For example, airlines are focused on sustainable aviation fuel (Saf). Well, they should also offer us an economic advantage as well as awaken our green conscience.

Otherwise it will not break through as a practice. It is not always good to pass on the costs of transforming industrial sectors to the consumer.

Finally, where travel service providers could improve the visibility of emissions and also of the policies to reduce them and correlate them with more advantageous tariffs then yes that would be a feature that would be considered.

It is different for the stays.

Indeed, in the selection of hotel facilities of ours hotel program this is a feature already contemplated for some time, in the evaluation for admission to the travel policy, with commercial agreements at the BNP Paribas Group level “.

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