Today is World Environment Day, celebrated for the first time in 1974 with the slogan “Only One Earth” and now a global platform for raising awareness and taking action on urgent issues affecting the planet and its population. Each World Environment Day is organised around a theme that draws attention to a particularly pressing environmental concern. This year, it's air pollution. 

The global transport sector accounts for almost one-quarter of energy related carbon dioxide emissions - and this proportion is rising. 

However, in the area of business travel, there are practical, economical and efficient ways in which companies can harness advances in technology to offer virtual meeting and communication facilities, linking people across businesses, locations and time zones.

Like many organisations, Chess has turned to Microsoft Teams to improve collaboration between its people. With 550 people across six offices, effective communication is essential. As with any successful software rollout, user adoption was key and take up has been rapid. Every working day, more than 500 Chess people rely on Teams to facilitate meetings, huddles and 1-2-1s. Screen sharing options ensure all participants can review and share content while instant messaging is the communication tool of choice across the business, driving prompt and efficient responses with over 5,000 conversations daily.

Teams has not replaced face-to-face meetings entirely, and there will always be a place for the social interaction that’s a fundamental part of business life. As the reality of how our consumption habits are impacting on the planet’s future increases, however, scrutinising our work practices should be a permanent fixture on the business agenda – not just a one day a year issue.