During this week’s Green Travel Summit in Newport, CA, the National Business Travel Association (NBTA) awarded its first Corporate Social Responsibility Awards to Symantec and InterContinental Hotels Group for innovative programs and initiatives that recognize the mission and objectives of the NBTA CSR Committee. Representatives from each winning corporation accepted the awards from former NBTA president & CEO and current CSR Award Committee chair Suzanne Fletcher.
Kevin Maguire, NBTA President & CEO, CCTE, GLP, said, “Corporate Social Responsibility is an increasingly important component of corporate life. The winning companies of the first NBTA CSR awards, which were selected from dozens of applicants through a rigorous review process, have proven to the industry that a well-managed CSR program and creative social initiatives can successfully reduce the global environmental impact of business travel.”
Symantec, a security solutions company with more than 17,500 employees in more than 40 countries, won in the Direct (travel buyer) category for its initiatives to minimize carbon emissions with enhanced video conferencing and a regional commute-reduction program.
IHG won in the Allied (travel supplier) category for its commitment to supporting societal needs and reducing environmental impacts. Through its Americas region sustainability initiative Chase the Extraordinary, a grassroots campaign to engage employees at every level in the hotel, a team visited 208 hotels across North America to reinforce sustainability.
Award winner semi-finalists included KPMG, Kimpton Hotels and Continental Airlines.