The Impaakt Team

7 min Read Time | August 25th 2021

Key Takeaways

This is a core business impact topic for the transportation industry.

It assesses the impact of products and services that enable the mobility of people and goods.

In your analysis, separate the mobility of people from the mobility of goods.

What is it?

Transportation allows people to reach places faster, easier, and safer.

For over a hundred years, transportation has transformed modern society by providing freedom of fast mobility.

Mobility is becoming more and more important due to ever-increasing distances between home, work, educational institutions, shopping and leisure facilities. Without individual mobility, adequate participation in social and economic life would not be possible in many cases, particularly for people living in remote areas, the elderly and those with disabilities.

Also, mobility allows for the transport of goods.


How to treat it

The topic addresses the impact of products and services that enable the mobility of people and goods. The analysis should focus on why mobility is critical and how the company is essential to providing that product or service.

It is important to separate the mobility of people from the mobility of goods. For instance, an airline company that is commercial but also transports cargo and freight would need to be treated in two separate analyses.


The introduction should describe the broader impact issue to set the stage for the reader. Why is mobility important to society?

You may take the exact introduction of the key example. However, please keep in mind the specific industry of the company.

Read more on how to build a strong introduction in this article.

Core analysis

Mobility of goods

To include:

  • Number of products sold (cars, etc.)

  • Number of goods being transported

  • The reach of these products and services

  • Benefits of mobility (i.e. economic growth, globalization, etc.)

If discussing freight, it is worth mentioning the volume being transported compared to international or national standards, depending on the location of the company’s activities.

Mobility of people

To include:

  • Number of people being transported (for example, through the number of airline tickets sold

  • The reach of these products and services (how far they travel)

  • Benefits of mobility (i.e., reliability, safety, movement, etc.)

Caution: This topic does not include job creation or affordability of these products or services.

In addition, to describe the severity of the impact, take into account:

1/ The scale of the impact

  • Are the financial situations of the individuals or businesses profoundly affected, or does the issue just marginally impact them?

  • Are the changes brought by the issue/program profoundly changing society or the planet?

2/ The scope of the impact

  • Is the impact local, national, or global?

  • How many individuals or businesses are included in the program(s)?

3/ The irremediability of the impact

  • How long would the impact described last for? Months? Years? Decades?

  • How reversible is the impact described in the impact analysis? Can it be easily stopped/extended?

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