“The earth is what we all have in common.” — Wendell Berry

Spring is the perfect time of year to celebrate Earth Day. It’s a great time to reflect on the importance of sustainability in our global mobility practices. Living Abroad has taken a few steps towards becoming more sustainable, as well as providing sustainability information in our destination reports. We recently achieved Bronze Medal status from EcoVadis, which is a sustainability rating company.  It’s important as a partner in the supply chain to think about our role, and what part we play based on our company’s sustainability practices.

Sustainability is important for corporations that move employees around the world for work because such movements can have significant environmental, social, and economic impacts on the communities and ecosystems where employees work and live. By adopting sustainable practices in global mobility, we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote social equity and ensure long-term economic stability.

For example, sustainable transportation options like electric vehicles, public transportation, and cycling can reduce the carbon footprint of travel, while also reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality. Sustainable logistics practices like reducing packaging waste, optimizing delivery routes, and using renewable energy sources can also reduce the environmental impact of moving goods across the world.

Frequent air travel for business purposes can contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to climate change. Additionally, corporations that do not consider the social and economic impacts of their employee movements may contribute to environmental degradation, displacement of local communities, and other negative outcomes.

By prioritizing sustainability, corporations can work to minimize these impacts and contribute to a more equitable and sustainable future. This can involve measures such as investing in renewable energy, reducing carbon emissions, supporting local communities, and ensuring that employees are aware of and committed to sustainable practices.

In addition, prioritizing sustainability can also have benefits for the corporation itself, such as improving their reputation, attracting environmentally and socially conscious employees and customers, and reducing costs associated with environmental damage and social conflicts.

It is essential to adopt sustainable practices in global mobility to ensure a more sustainable and inclusive future for people and the planet. I encourage companies to apply for the EcoVadis sustainability rating.

If you’re curious about our sustainability information for over 60 countries, feel free to request a demo below.

We’re in this together!