Time zones: Central European Summer Time 3-4:15 pm, Indian Standard Time 4:30-5:45pm

Business travel by air nearly skidded to a standstill when the COVID-19 pandemic first hit, with many US-based companies slashing their travel budgets in 2020 by 90 percent or more. The slow resumption of some business travel since has led some industry analysts to speculate that business travel will never rebound to pre-pandemic levels. Such a shift would advance efforts to address the climate crisis, given emissions from business travelers amount to the equivalent of burning nearly 10 billion gallons of gasoline each year. New research from WRI indicates that reduced business travel would offer a range of benefits for the climate, organizational budgets and employees’ well-being.

How are public and private organizations reimagining their business travel policies to meet their goals and achieve their sustainability objectives? What should businesses keep in mind when reevaluating their travel policies? And how can we ensure new policies benefit equity and inclusion efforts?

Join us on October 12 for an insightful webinar with diverse panel of business leaders, sustainability experts and environmental justice campaigners about the benefits of reducing business travel and designing updated policies with equity in mind. Experts will also share insights from new research on how organizations like World Resources Institute have used behavioral science to inform policies and achieve sustainability outcomes. The event will be moderated by Brooke Sutherland, an industrial columnist for Bloomberg.


  • Mindy Hernandez, Senior Lead, The Living Lab for Equitable Climate Action (paper co-author)
  • Magdalena Heuwieser, Co-founder of Stay Grounded
  • Dan Salzer, Director of Sustainability, The Nature Conservancy 
  • Kathy Alsegaf, Global Internal Sustainability Leader, Deloitte 
  • Moderated by: Brooke Sutherland, Columnist, Bloomberg Opinion