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November 24, 2009

SAS is first small business to gain green stamp from ICARUS scheme

Business analytics and software firm SAS UK & Ireland has become the first small business to achieve bronze accreditation under the Institute of Travel & Meeting’s (ITM’s) environmental ICARUS initiative, launched in 2007.

The business intelligence service provider to the travel and meetings industry was approved “for demonstrating a robust measurement, targets and emissions reduction strategy”. The company joins existing ICARUS-accredited companies, such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Accenture and Barclays.

“SAS UK & Ireland is effectively a model organisation for ICARUS accreditation,” said ITM chief executive Paul Tilstone.

“It built its strategy and targets for emission reduction across business travel by engaging with the ICARUS toolkit from the off. It may not have serious resources to throw at reducing emissions, like bigger companies often have, but it has shown that it is serious about changing behaviour and reducing emissions.”
As a result of the submission, ITM has asked representatives of SAS UK & Ireland to join the advisory board as a representative of the SME (small and medium sized enterprise) market.
“Getting this accreditation is incredibly valuable to us as it demonstrates to both our internal stakeholders and our external suppliers that we are intent on driving down emissions,” said Petra Thurlow, the Travel Centre Manager for SAS UK & Ireland.

“We are very proud to be the first SME to achieve the bronze accreditation as it aligns very well with SAS’ corporate goals in being a modern, hi-tech, green, responsible business, committed to the environment now and in the future.”

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