2015: The Risks Ahead

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The year 2014 was busy when it came to global events. And as we reach the middle of December, it has not slowed down. There was the Russian annexation of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine; the continued rise in power by the terrorist group ISIS in the Middle East; to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. All of these global events kept security, travel, medical and HR folks up at night. Read full blog post »

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Ebola Update: The News from West Africa

Ebola has fallen from the headlines in recent weeks, but it’s still on the minds of travelers and organizations operating in West Africa. Here are some highlights from the latest World Health Organization situational update. There are some positive signs in this latest report. Read full blog post »

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Healthy, Safe and Secure: Promoting Awareness for Women

Security and health risks are highly variable and depend on the nature of the traveler, the destination and the activities. Earlier this month, I participated in a panel that looked at “Five Golden Rules” that are designed to help prevent exposure to and limit the impact of the security and health risks that female travelers may encounter. You can listen to the full recording, download the presentation and the executive briefing (which has more information on each of the rules). Read full blog post »

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Ebola and Travel Restrictions: Know the Score

Over the past weeks and months, many countries have instituted travel and visa restrictions to and from the countries in West Africa hard hit by Ebola. The scorecard changes almost daily, but the information is necessary for those charged with Duty of Care to keep their travelers safe. You can find a detailed list at www.internationalsos.com/ebola. Read full blog post »

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Safe and Savvy Traveler: Security Awareness for Women

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When traveling, there are some incidents that are more likely to occur with women than men: sexual harassment, sexual assault, and handbag theft. So what can women travelers do to stay safe when overseas? How can their companies support them to enable them to not only survive the trip or assignment, but thrive? Register here Read full blog post »

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Ebola: Tackling the Challenges and Concerns

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A new survey of Fortune 500 companies conducted earlier this week by International SOS found that, in spite of the unprecedented outbreak of Ebola, an overwhelming majority (83%) of organizations expect the flu to impact their business more than the virus in the coming months. Furthermore, less than a third of companies surveyed has had an employee request to change their travel plans or declined to travel due to the global outbreak. Read full blog post »

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Planning for Events: Prepare, Educate and Practice

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Fall is a busy time when it comes to conferences and meetings. Vacation has wound down and business is back in full swing. It’s important for conference and meeting planners to know that they also have a Duty of Care to protect attendees. Read full blog post »

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Planning for Ebola: Learn from SARS

As the Ebola virus continues to spread in West Africa, as well as crop up in the United States and Spain, organizations are taking a look at their emergency and pandemic plans. It’s not enough to just have a plan on the shelf. It needs to be constantly updated as well as practiced. Read full blog post »

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Growing Corporate Care in China

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China’s dramatic growth is not news to anyone. An impoverished nation just a few decades ago, the transformation has been unprecedented in scale. Around 500 million people have been lifted out of poverty over this 30 year period, and this is a trend set to continue. By 2030 it is predicted that the middle class in China will number 1 billion people. Read full blog post »

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Ebola Awareness Commercial

Ebola is scary, deadly – and preventable. These are a few of the points made in a new video produced by International SOS and Multi Choice, a broadcast company is South Africa. The video, which can be seen here, is part of our larger effort to ensure communities understand what Ebola is and how to keep themselves safe from infection. Read full blog post »

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