Air Pollution: Clear Skies Ahead?

The World Health Organization estimates that more than two million deaths are caused by air pollution each year. The associated health hazards of air pollution are issues that employers need to discuss with their employees, especially their international travelers, international assignees, and their dependents. Employees are not only asking how they can be protected when considering assignments in places like China and India and other air pollution hot spots, but demanding steps be taken by their employer to make sure their health is safeguarded. Read full blog post »

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Briefing: Tools and Knowledge on Medical and Security Evacuations

Recent research shows that when it comes to letting travelers know about the policies, procedures and resources that are in place to protect their safety and well-being, most (44-percent) who are in charge of these programs said they only communicate this information once a year. Read full blog post »

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Share this Website: Prevent the Spread of Ebola

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The largest ever Ebola outbreak is underway in several countries in West Africa and has dominated the headlines recently. The epidemic continues to grow and spread into new areas, threatening more lives and potentially the economies of affected countries. International SOS has made its special Ebola website public now – www.internationalsos.com/ebola – in an effort to further support public health efforts to help prevent further outbreak. Read full blog post »

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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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Air pollution: Health Threats and Risks

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Air pollution is a hot topic at the moment, with Beijing’s terrible smog hitting the news again. The problem is far from being one for the Chinese capital alone, however – many Chinese cities feature in analyses of those worst affected, but numerous others around the world face similar issues, with many in Pakistan, India, Iran and Mongolia being among the worst. Read full blog post »

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Travel Projected to Increase in 2014, Areas of Concern Identified

According to attendees of a recent webinar – which included travel and security directors and other decision-makers – travel this year is expected to increase. That’s really no surprise, as companies continue to explore the emerging markets in Asia and South America and Africa. 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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