Reducing Our Environmental Footprint
Employee Business Travel and Commuting
Photo: Mike Goettings
As we work with customers and suppliers around the globe, Boeing employees can be found in airports throughout the world. In 2010, our employees booked nearly 239,000 business trips, flying more than 814 million miles (1.3 billion kilometers).
"Since I started riding my bike to work five years ago, there are more and more people commuting by bicycle. Boeing does a lot to encourage it."
— Kamden Reedy, Boeing materials engineer
When appropriate, we make significant use of virtual conferencing in place of in-person meetings. In 2010, Boeing employees conducted more than 875,000 virtual meetings that included an estimated 8.8 million attendees.
Boeing provides many programs that encourage employees to find alternatives to a solitary car ride to work. Sites promote alternative commuting programs, and, according to an internal 2010 employee commuter survey, 34 percent of Boeing employees in the United States are taking actions to get cars off the road. This includes biking, walking, taking public transportation, carpooling or vanpooling to work.
Overall, by using alternative commuting options, Boeing employees avoided driving just less than 310 million miles (approximately 499 million kilometers) to and from work in single-occupant vehicles in 2010.
Our goal, for the five-year period between 2008 and 2012, is to achieve an 18 percent increase in employee participation in commuting programs.