American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) and Cvent have created a new set of sourcing questions to help drive corporate responsibility within the business travel and meetings sector.
The new questions aim to standardise and increase the availability of sustainability and diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) data shared by hotels and other venues.
The initiative, developed by GBTâ€™s Global Business Consulting (GBC) team and Cvent, in cooperation with participants across the industry, makes the process of collecting and exchanging pertinent information more efficient as corporate travel managers and suppliers enter the 2022 sourcing season. Hotels will benefit from a reduction in the hours needed to respond to customer requests for related information.
To develop the questions, Cvent and GBTâ€™s GBC team spoke to corporations, global hotel brands, TMCs and consultancies. The work involved more than three months of interviews to determine what information stakeholders would find most helpful in addressing sustainability and DE&I goals.
The resulting questions supplement the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) module in the GBTA 2013 RFP format and will be supported in Cvent Transient for use by corporate buyers. The questions, which include requests for details about carbon emissions and leadership demographics, provide an opportunity for the industry to support broader corporate strategies around environmental sustainability and diversity along the entire supply chain.
Hotel suppliers answer the 47 supplemental questions in a special section in their property profile within the Cvent Transient solution. Hotel chains can also work with properties to collect information and import it into their respective property profiles. Travel managers can then use Cventâ€™s reporting functionality to evaluate supplier answers alongside the bid information received during the RFP process, to better align purchasing decisions with their organisationâ€™s corporate responsibility goals.
The updated CSR questions were released to hoteliers in July and will be available to buyers in Cvent Transient this month (September) for use during the 2022 sourcing season.