Mexico: Are Companies Changing their Risk Approach?

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In 2010, as violence in Mexico was reaching a crescendo, we asked decision makers from more than 300 international firms conducting business there about their concerns. At that time, more than half (52 percent) said concerns over violence led their firms to scale back operations. Read full blog post »

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Understanding and Responding to Global Health Risks

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There are numerous challenges when it comes to understanding global health risks, including underestimating risks by the employer and employee, a distorted perspective of risks and fragmentation of responsibility. In that vein, employers must develop an integrated Duty of Care risk management strategy that takes into account numerous components, including risk assessment, developing policies and procedures and training and education. Read full blog post »

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When Unique is a Unifier: The Scholastic Sector and Duty of Care

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Universities are unique. And so too are its travelers, who run the gamut from undergraduate students heading abroad for the first time to faculty and grad students spending months away on remote research projects. They are setting up satellite campuses in other regions, as well as bringing international students to study in the US. Read full blog post »

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Identifying Gaps and Opportunities for HR: Keeping Travelers Safe

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When it comes to Duty of Care, organizations have unique risk profiles – like “Who is going and where do their employees go?” – that must be understood in order to make decisions. While the concept of Duty of Care applies broadly to all employers in all industries and sectors, the application is unique to each organization and must be tailored to the company. Read full blog post »

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Political Risk on the Rise: The Peril of Emerging Markets

Control Risks authoritative annual report on the global business, political and security environment, RiskMap 2014, maps the trends that our multinational clients need to track as the new year unfolds. As always, we provide a top level analysis augmented with detailed regional, sectoral and country-by-country ratings, as well as a look at piracy, kidnap & ransom and terrorism risks. Register here Read full blog post »

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A Focus on Russia: Common Tripwires to Avoid as the Winter Games Approach

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With the 2014 Winter Games fast approaching, the international spotlight is on Sochi, prompting travelers to consider the main risks associated with travel to a Russian region bordering Georgia’s separatist region of Abkhazia – which is under the de facto control of Russia – and the troubled North Caucasus. Read full blog post »

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Duty of Care: The Masters Series

In a webinar today, Dr. Lisbeth Claus and I identified how well organizations are fulfilling their Duty of Care, thus mitigating those “foreseeable” risks their employees are facing everyday as they live or travel across the world. Utilizing the Integrated Duty of Care Risk Management Model, we guided attendees through an interactive plan, do and check exercise so listeners could easily benchmark their own organizations. Each step in the model poses important questions and checks that organizations should consider as they strive to keep their globally-mobile workforce healthy, safe and secure.
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Typhoon Haiyan: Safeguarding Staff in Times of Turmoil

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“There’s no place in the world where there are no business travelers.”

This quote came from an interview Patrick Deroose, a colleague of mine who is a logistical genius who has shaped the assistance industry, did with New York Times travel business columnist Joe Sharkey. That’s certainly the case as we assist travelers even in the Philippines where Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) hit in more remote parts of the country. Read full blog post »

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