India is an attractive destination for organizations expanding their operations into a rapidly-emerging market. The International Monetary Fund predicts India will be the world’s fastest-growing major economy by 2016, surpassing China’s fast growth. But despite increased economic opportunities and promising prospects, cultural and diversity, civil unrest and a complex business environment pose challenges for organizations and their workforces. Register here Read full blog post
For those who recently left the country, this is now the number one question.
Scanning the rolling news channels may not provide an immediate answer, as television reports paint a rather confused picture of tribal fighting that seems to ebb and flow (hardly surprising since ‘confused’ accurately describes the situation in South Sudan right now). Read full blog post
Tensions have been heightened on the Korean peninsula over the past several months, with North Korea threatening to attack the US and South Korea. This hostile rhetoric ramped up in February, when the international community tightened sanctions against North Korea after it conducted nuclear and long-range missile tests. The tensions reached a peak during joint South Korea-US military exercises on the peninsula in March-April. Read full blog post
The end of the year is always a good time to reflect. It’s also a time to look ahead to what 2013 may hold and a great time to think about Duty of Care and planning for the coming year. Read full blog post
The recent violent demonstrations against American diplomatic facilities throughout the Muslim world, coupled with the attack on the American mission in Benghazi, Libya showcases one of hundreds of security threats that your globe-trotting employees may be facing – political uprising. For sound reasons, the news coverage on Libya has been extensive, especially in the United States. But for those of us charged with keeping our “own” safe, it begs many questions: What affect did this attack have on your employees or operations? Was this threat even on your radar screen? REGISTER HERE. Read full blog post
A little over a year ago, I was on the ground in Cairo helping our members evacuate from Egypt. Today, my colleagues are on the ground in Egypt and many of you are finding yourselves behind closed doors in the position of looking at the situation again there and strategizing next steps.
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Participants in the International SOS Duty of Care and Travel Risk Management Global Benchmarking Study ranked Mexico as the most dangerous place to do business, above countries like Iraq, Nigeria and even Afghanistan. That begs the question about risk perception vs. reality about a country that, for the most part and in the majority of its territory, offers a benign business traveler environment. Read full blog post
With 1.3 billion people, China represents 20 percent of the world’s population and continues to grow rapidly. The country is incredibly diverse in terms of geography, culture and language. This complexity creates both great opportunities and massive risks for organizations doing business in China. That’s especially true when it comes to medical risks.
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The 2012 Risk & Insurance Management Society (RIMS) conference just wrapped up in Philadelphia yesterday. Duty of Care was on the minds of many, including Joan Vincenz, managing director – workers compensation, at United Airlines. She agreed that Duty of Care has been constantly evolving and is top of mind for many organizations. “When employees are in our realm we are morally – and often legally- responsible to get them the care they need,” Joan said. “We provide them with the right resources to get the care they need.” Read full blog post