Reducing Our Environmental Footprint
Employee Business Travel and Commuting
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As a global company, Boeing has extensive requirements for our employees to work with customers and suppliers around the world. In 2009, our employees booked more than 215,000 business trips, flying nearly 891 million miles (1.4 billion kilometers).
Like many businesses, we are making increased use of virtual conferencing, when appropriate, as a substitute for face-to-face meetings. In 2009, Boeing employees conducted more than 1.8 million virtual meetings that included an estimated 8.3 million attendees.
Boeing has made significant progress in working with its suppliers to improve the logistics of moving parts, supplies and equipment to company facilities. This includes environmentally progressive decisions regarding the use of air and ground transportation. The company is testing delivery systems that use consolidated routes with multiple suppliers.
Individual Boeing sites have ongoing programs encouraging employees to make environmentally progressive commuting decisions, including carpools, vanpools and public transportation.
Our overall goal, for the five-year period between 2008 and 2012, is to achieve an 18 percent increase in employee participation in commuting programs, and a 5 percent annual reduction in distances driven by employees to commute to work.
For example, at our largest facility in Everett, Wash., where we design and produce the 747, 767, 777 and 787 jetliners, programs encouraging employee-commuting options have been in place for several decades. By relying on public transportation, vanpools and other alternative commuting options, it is estimated that employees at the Everett site in 2009 avoided driving approximately 84 million miles (117 million kilometers) in personal vehicles.