Spend and expense management software specialist Concur Technologies has revealed plans for new functionality designed to make it easier for firms to limit or even avoid altogether the environmental impact of corporate journeys booked through its travel booking system.
Raj Singh, president and chief operating officer at the company, said that it would add new functionality to its hosted travel booking system in the "next few months" allowing firms to carbon offset their corporate journeys as they book them.
"When you are involved in the process of selling travel you can have a big environmental impact, so we are currently researching which are the best offset companies to use globally," he said. "The aim is to give customers a choice so when they book they automatically get an option of several different [offset] providers and projects they can contribute to."
He added the company was currently in talks with several customers, including HSBC, about which offset providers boasted the best credentials.
Singh said that new integration with WebEx's online conferencing software would also be available by the autumn, allowing staff booking a journey using Concur's technology to launch an online conference with the person they are planning to travel to meet from within the booking portal.
Singh insisted there was nothing contradictory about a company that had enjoyed growth on the back of increased demand for corporate travel developing functionality designed to reduce the need for business trips. "It is an old truism that if you do the right thing for your customers then the revenue will flow," he said. "We are seeing demand for this type of functionality and if over time business people spend less on travel they will spend more elsewhere and our solution will evolve to manage that."
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