A report commissioned by GE Capital Fleet Services claims that businesses need to consider a wide range of pressures to ensure they adopt socially responsible attitudes. The 'boardroom briefing' written by Professor Peter Cooke, head of the Institute of Automotive Management Studies at Nottingham Business School, challenges company directors to question the amount of business miles covered by their employees.
Cooke says: 'The norm in many businesses is to claim that mileage cannot be reduced. However, a little thinking 'outside the box' can yield some amazing savings in even the best managed businesses.
'It may be a useful step for the board to challenge overall mileages and, as part of any cost reduction policies, to seek or even specify a reduction in business mileage. 'Because a key part of the social responsibility issue is to ensure that business car mileage is kept to a minimum, as much travelling as possible should be undertaken outside the most congested periods, but without impacting negatively on client relations or reducing efficiency.'
Cooke added that companies should also consider private mileage and if there were genuine reasons why employees should live 50 miles or more away from their place of work.