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 »


Air pollution: Health Threats and Risks


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 »


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 »


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


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 »


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


“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 »


A Focus on Sub-Saharan Africa: Common Tripwires to Avoid

The Regional Economic Outlook: Sub-Saharan Africa from the International Monetary Fund paints a fairly rosy projection for Sub-Saharan Africa. It predicts a moderate, broad-based acceleration in growth to around 5½ percent in 2013-14. It also notes that investment in export-oriented sectors remains an important economic driver and that an agricultural rebound in drought-affected areas will help growth. Read full blog post »


Westgate Mall Aftermath: Staying Safe in Kenya

Following last month’s attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, many organizations have been asking if the city (and country) is safe for travelers and expatriates. The siege was seen as a warning to the Kenyan government to end its involvement in neighboring Somalia, and Westgate was a high-profile and soft target. Read full blog post »