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Five Areas Mobility Programmes Can Support Sustainability Initiatives

Published: 29 November 2022
Kathy Burrows
Jennifer White
Sustainability remains an important topic and is top of mind for many organisations setting both sustainability and diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) goals. When accessing these internal sustainability goals, organisations may also be looking at approaches for measuring and tracking sustainability requirements for your vendors, including relocation management companies (RMCs). Multiple considerations are included when setting and achieving sustainability goals, including a reduction in carbon footprint and contributions toward company goals by considering some of the following areas. 

 5 Ways Mobility Programs Support Sustainability

Processes

  • Reduce paper consumption: Look at reducing the amount of paper used and leverage digital documents and resources as much as possible.
  • E-signatures: Use e-signatures in lieu of paper documents or requiring someone to travel to a location to sign documents in person.
  • Virtual support:Use virtual processes and support where available for:
  • Engagement processes
  • Immigration support: electronic documents, e-applications, virtual applications, etc. 
  • Destination services: home search, education, settling-in, registrations, etc.
  • Language training
  • Cultural training
  • Spouse and family support

 Household Goods Shipments

  • Use discard and donate programmes: Leverage discard and donate programmes to reduce shipment sizes and provide excess goods to people in need.
  • Focus on sustainability and CO2 footprint: Partner with moving companies that use sustainable packing and moving materials and reduce CO2 emissions with fuel-efficient vehicles, smarter routes, and tracking programmes like Big Mile – a tech company that offers solutions for organisations to optimise and report on transport-related carbon emissions.
  • Partner with organisations to reduce waste: Leverage organisations like Move for Hunger that support local needs and help reduce waste.
  • Limit air shipments:Restrict air shipments and shipment sizes to help reduce the materials used for packing and carbon emissions from transport.
  • Virtual surveys: Use virtual surveys to eliminate the need for surveyor travel.

 Travel & Transport

  • Reduce travel: Reduce the amount of travel within extended business travel (EBT) and commuter programmes.
  • Use direct travel routes: Take direct routes versus multiple connections.
  • Limit return trips: Adjust the frequency of return trips. 
  • Non-fly options: Incentivise or require employees to take non-flying options: train, ferry or public transport versus driving.
  • Efficient car requirements:Incentivise or require employees to utilise hybrid or electric cars for hire cars, on assignment cars and fleet cars.
  • Encourage carpooling:Incentivise or require employees on assignment to carpool or utilise vanpools. 

 Housing

  • Green accommodation: Incentivise or require booking hotels and corporate accommodation that have green facilities.
  • Limit laundry services: Reduce laundry services for towels and linen to encourage green habits.
  • Offer incentives to reduce utilities: Provide incentives to reduce utility costs or provide a reasonable decrease in cost to encourage more efficient habits.
  • Host housing requirements/incentives: Provide incentives or implement requirements for host housing that is more efficient and offer allowances for more efficient appliances.
  • Permanent housing incentives: Provide incentives for purchasing homes with sustainable energy footprints or provide allowances for energy efficient appliances, insulation, etc.

 Provide Awareness & Training

  • Company initiatives:Reinforce company sustainability initiatives and the role that employees can play during their relocation or assignment.
  • Location awareness: Offer insights into local sustainability practices, views, initiatives and geography impacts from industry or climate changes.

How Can SIRVA BGRS Help You Make Impactful Sustainability Changes?

SIRVA BGRS can assess your mobility programme and help you understand:

  • Your organisation’s goals around sustainability and set up a framework for tracking mobility programme’s impact.
  • How your mobility processes and policy can affect larger organisational sustainability goals.
  • Changes you can make to your mobility programme, processes or services, and how you can socialise and implement them throughout your organisation.

For more information on how your mobility programme can help meet your sustainability goals, please contact SIRVA BGRS Global Advisory Services at globaladvisoryservices@sirva.com or reach out to your SIRVA BGRS representative.