The Boston Consulting Group will not allow future graduates to travel to Europe and enjoy good wines and delicacies on international trips, highlighting the company’s tendency to try to reduce its carbon footprint.
Highly qualified graduates who are contracted to join the London office of the consultancy are traditionally invited to pay for all weekend trips to European destinations such as Florence and Lisbon.
The US – based group has offices in more than 90 cities around the world and competes with other leading consulting firms such as McKinsey, Bain & Company.
These trips include vineyard visits and wine tastings, as well as the participation of experienced BCG consultants, who have joined the group as consultants to the world’s largest companies, Starbucks, Shell and GlaxoSmithKline.
But as the group tries to reduce carbon emissions, future events will now take place in national or international locations, with train arrivals.
This change came after many companies made a zero-net-zero climate commitment and turned to remote work to establish video calling, Several valid alternatives to business travel.
My-Brit Paulson, Managing Partner of BCG in the UK and Ireland, said the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated BCG’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and travel time for internal operations (such as training) to save travel time. Netherlands and Belgium.
We are committed to reducing carbon emissions by 50% per student by 2025, he said. “In London, this means that graduates will take Eurostar to Paris for training.” In the past, graduates could fly.
A senior partner at another large consulting firm said the two-week annual residential boot camp for newcomers will be partially converted to the Internet in the future because parts of the program can be run remotely by pandemic.
The consultant said that the event has an atmosphere of “work hard, work hard” and that it is a social opportunity and a way for new consultants to quickly master the basic skills needed for their role.
Consultants from several companies said that after the Pandemic, many national or European partners will hold board meetings and in-house training courses online or in mixed programs.
One consultant said the consulting group’s efforts to reduce carbon footprint have also led to increased pressure on some employees to avoid taking carbon-intensive business class.
More than 75% of carbon emissions from many professional service companies are business travel accounts, forcing groups such as BCG, KPMG and Deloitte to use online tools to demonstrate the impact of carbon travel plans before booking.
BCG also prohibits its consultants from flying from Paris to Nice, while staff at the London KPMG office must take trains to Leeds, Manchester, Paris or Brussels.
Carmine de Sibio, president and global CEO of Ernest & Young, said: “Once the travel restrictions associated with the Covid-19 are lifted, we will ask our employees to carefully examine how long they can fly.”
For example: Can you hold an online meeting? Is it possible to make a long trip instead of two short trips? Can you fly a short route to your destination? Can you use something with low carbon alternatives like trains? “
Kevin Ellis, a senior partner in the UK and president of PricewaterhouseCoopers, said he expects his company’s business trip to be two-thirds longer than before Pandemic.
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