One in two organizations plan to increase their focus on socially and environmentally responsible business travel post-pandemic, but few are really taking the steps required to turn that plan to action, according to research from Emburse in cooperation with the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA). Emburse is an expense management accounts payable automation provider. In the latest installment of “The Remaking of Business Travel,” findings showed that, despite increased emphasis on ESG (environmental, social and governance) issues among corporations and a heightened demand for sustainable travel among consumers, most business travel programs still lack specificity and accountability when it comes to environmental and social impact. Only 35% of organizations have a sustainability policy that includes business travel. Those policies that do exist are limited in their scope, focusing mainly on measuring carbon footprint (included in 58% of policies). Less than a quarter of companies take any further measures. Eric Friedrichsen, CEO of Emburse, said that while ESG is becoming a higher priority for companies, “when it comes to business travel, few have found the time or focus to make concrete changes.” He said this is a “missed opportunity” because there are steps every organization can — and should — take. They include making carbon footprint data easily available to travelers, rewarding employees who choose more sustainable options, and setting rules to ensure no one takes a flight for just one meeting.