Encouraging Eco-Friendly Commuting and Video Collaboration
To minimize the environmental impacts of commuting, Travelers offers programs that allow employees to pay for transit expenses with pre-tax dollars. At our Hartford office, we estimate that, prior to the pandemic, up to 20% of Travelers employees primarily commuted using public transportation. We also offer parking incentives for carpoolers and operate a vanpool with free parking at the pickup location. In early 2020, we began a pilot program to provide electric vehicle charging stations for employees at our Hartford, Connecticut, campus. With a successful pilot program now complete, Travelers will proceed with the installation of electric vehicle charging stations at all owned locations in the Hartford market.
We are also an advocate of bicycling to work. As part of our Bike to Work program, we provide bike racks and free parking for bicycles as well as showers and lockers in some locations. The League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly Business program has awarded Travelers designations for the bicycling programs in our two largest employee locations: Hartford, Connecticut, and St. Paul, Minnesota. Travelers first received this distinction in 2015 and has received it every year since.
We continue investing in remote collaboration tools like video-enabled conference rooms to reduce nonessential business travel. Some of our recently renovated offices include sharable desk space, which offers flexibility to work remotely, as appropriate.
- By promoting and supporting the use of public transportation and ride-sharing, Travelers directly reduces GHG emissions from employee commuting.
- Video collaboration helps to reduce nonessential business travel – business travel is one of our primary sources of Scope 3 GHG emissions.
- Commuting programs are an integral employee benefit in some of our locations; they play a role in our benefits aimed at employee attraction and retention.
- Eliminating nonessential business travel helps to lower our operating costs.