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.

The RAC reports that average annual business mileage in the UK is reducing - good news for carbon emissions as well as a company’s bank balance. Companies are harnessing advances in technology to offer virtual meeting and communication facilities, linking people across businesses, locations and time zones.

Along with 7,500 customers, Chess is turning to Skype for Business to improve collaboration between teams without impacting on the organisation's carbon footprint. With 550 people across six offices, effective communication is essential. As with any successful software rollout, user adoption is key and take up has been rapid. Every working day, more than 500 Chess people rely on Skype for Business 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.

Skype for Business 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.