25th January 2011

ways2work

Viv Alexander

We’ve been finding out about ways2work, a great resource to find out what organisations are doing to reduce the negative impacts of their work-related travel. We thought it might help with generating ideas for the ‘How can we improve transport in Britain? GeoVation Challenge.

ways2work helps you promote sustainable travel and flexible working

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ways2work is a new online tool to promote sustainable travel and encourage flexible working. It is the latest joint initiative from the National Business Travel Network (NBTN) and Business in the Community (BITC) and represents a key output of this collaboration.

ways2work has been developed for business by business to increase efficiency through better ways of working and travelling. Its aim is to provide practical guidance in promoting sustainable travel and flexible working in companies as a strategic part of a business improvement programme.

This unique resource draws on the collective experience and expertise of the Sustainable Travel Steering Group – RWE npower (chair), Accenture, Boots UK, BSkyB, BT, Capgemini, E.ON, FirstGroup, GlaxoSmithKline, Highways Agency, Microsoft, Nationwide, NATS and The Wellcome Trust – with support from NBTN and BITC’s Business Action for Working Well campaign.

ways2work includes practical advice on how to create and successfully run sustainable travel initiatives and flexible working programmes. More importantly, it provides a comprehensive list of business, environment and health benefits achieved by other organisations. These are designed to help practitioners make a good business case when advocating for change in their organisations.

NBTN’s Programme Director, Heather McInroy, added: “We hope that companies will use ways2work to help their employees find better ways to work and travel, by providing the infrastructure, work and technology options needed to minimise their environmental impacts and maximise their health and wellbeing on the journey to better business”.

The concept of ways2work synthesizes two parallel themes of travelling more sustainably and travelling less in relation to our work. It has been designed to be used by anyone with an interest in business efficiency, employee physical and psychological health and responsible business practice.

Finally, the resource is the main place to find out what other organisations are doing to reduce the negative impacts of their work-related travel.

To find out more or access the list of case studies visit the ways2work website.