Smart and sensible options that help manage carbon emissions are just one facet of comprehensive Concur Cares program
Redmond, Wash., July 22, 2008 – Concur (Nasdaq: CNQR) the world’s leading provider of on-demand business services that automate Employee Spend Management, announced that Concur® Travel & Expense clients have a variety of choices available to help them to understand and manage the impact of carbon emissions generated by their business travelers. By providing one seamless service, Concur provides companies with options that go beyond the typical carbon-calculator approach offered by other travel booking tools. Concur will be demonstrating these capabilities at the National Business Travel Association (NBTA) International Convention & Exposition (booth #739) in Los Angeles, CA on July 28.
These latest service enhancements reflect the tenets of the company’s Concur Cares program – a broad-based strategy of corporate citizenship that supports conservation and encourages sustainable business practices – both within the company’s products and its own business operations.
Concur’s clients are demanding a flexible approach that enables travel managers to customize the travel booking experience to better manage the impact their employees’ business travel has on the environment and match their company’s specific emissions goals. Concur’s unique combination of features include:
Access To Low Emission Choices
- Comprehensive Access to Alternative Content – Rail is an environmentally smarter choice and often a more efficient use of the traveler’s time. Concur offers the broadest selection of rail content of any corporate travel booking tool, including Amtrak (USA), VIA Rail (Canada), UK Rail via Evolvi, Deutsche Bahn (Germany), and SNCF (France). Clients can even display air and rail choices on the same screen, increasing the likelihood that the lower-emission option will be chosen.
- Timely Presentation of Alternative Choices – The most carbon-efficient trip is the trip not taken. Since trips between corporate offices comprise a significant portion of business travel, organizations that have invested in video conferencing can now leverage Concur’s services to make employees aware of this option right from within the travel booking process.
Enhanced Visibility Into Carbon Emissions
- Display Emissions During Booking – Concur enables travelers to search and sort flight choices by emissions. As no standardization currently exists for calculating emissions, Concur offers companies a choice of two models – DEFRA (http://www.defra.gov.uk) and CE (http://www.ce.nl) – while also supporting additional models used by specific Travel Management Companies. This ensures consistency between values shown during booking and values reported after travel is complete.
- Report on Emissions After Travel – Since Concur Travel & Expense uniquely captures both intended and actual travel data, companies can analyze their business travel data to see all carbon emissions, and even delve into variances between the booked itinerary and the actual travel.
“Concur has invested in a long-term and comprehensive approach to issues that impact the environment”, said Rajeev Singh, president and COO of Concur. “Our recent innovations enable our clients to better manage their carbon emissions, but they are just one facet of our company’s deep and enduring commitment to the environment and social responsibility. Through the Concur Cares program, we’re managing every aspect of our business in an environmentally conscious manner. From the use of sustainable business practices within our own offices; to our continued support of Conservation International; to our continuous innovation that helps clients make smarter decisions about their travel programs that are both green and cost-effective – the decisions we make as a business affect not just those of us in the business travel industry, but everyone concerned about their impact on the planet.”