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American Express GBT signs up for global CSR initiatives

Company commits to UN's Global Compact and GBTA's Project ICARUS
19/01/2016

American Express chief human resources officer JoAnne Kruse

American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) is focusing on its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by aligning with two initiatives.


The company has committed to the United Nations (UN) Global Compact and the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA)'s Project ICARUS, to guide its corporate social responsibility across its business.


Through both initiatives, GBT says it will work to implement sustainable initiatives across business travel and meetings products and services. The company will also publish its Supplier Sustainability Shared Values and Supplier Diversity Commitments.


“We are excited to work with the UN Global Compact and GBTA’s Project ICARUS as we extend our commitment to generating greater sustainability across the travel industry,” said JoAnne Kruse, chief human resources officer, American Express Global Business Travel.


“As a leading travel management company, corporate social responsibility is ingrained in our DNA. We understand and recognise the importance of exercising the highest standards of ethical and transparent business practices to bring greater value to our customers, suppliers and the global travel ecosystem. By incorporating the UN Global Compact principles into our strategy, policies and culture and striving to achieve Gold Medal recognition as part of GBTA’s Project ICARUS, we look forward to setting a leading example for how companies can create sustainable communities across the globe.”


The UN Global Compact encourages companies to support UN goals by aligning their strategies and daily operations to universal principles on issues like human rights and the environment.


The second initiative, GBTA Foundation's Project ICARUS, is a corporate sustainability/ social responsibility programme that helps companies integrate sustainability in managing, running and supplying travel and meetings programmes.


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