American Express GBT commits to two global CSR initiatives

American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has joined the United Nations Global Compact and committed to the Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Project ICARUS.

The agency says it expects the two initiatives to guide its corporate social responsibility activities across its business.

With a focus on collaboration and innovation, the UN Global Compact encourages companies to support UN goals by aligning their strategies and daily operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption.

GBT has pledged its 12,000 employees will support the Compact’s 10 principles as part of company strategy and day-to-day operations worldwide.

GBT pledged to detail its efforts to implement these principles by submitting an annual Communication on Progress (COP) within a year, and annually thereafter.

The GBTA Foundation’s Project ICARUS is a CSR programme led by national and international travel buyers, managers and their suppliers, meanwhile, and is designed to help companies integrate sustainability in managing, running and supplying travel and meetings programmes.

GBT is committing to implement responsible and ethical business practices across its entire supply chain.

“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 (pictured), GBT chief human resources officer.

“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,” she said.

Bernard Harrop, head of sustainability, Project ICARUS, GBTA Foundation added that a greater number of companies were prioritising and building sustainability and corporate responsibility into their programmes.

“We are pleased that American Express Global Business Travel is committed to the goals and objectives of Project ICARUS and supports best practices that drive corporate sustainability.”

More information on the UN Global Compact, visit:

To learn more about GBTA’s Project ICARUS, visit: :

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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