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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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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How Are Companies Responding to the Ebola Outbreak Now?

The Ebola outbreak continues to grow in concern among the corporate, scholastic and NGO communities. In a poll conducted during a Sept. 4 Ebola update webinar that included senior decision makers from Fortune 100 companies, NGOs and universities, 85-percent of respondents said they are “extremely” (26-percent) or “somewhat” (59-percent) concerned about Ebola affecting their workforce. 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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A Focus on Southeast Asia: Common Tripwires to Avoid

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Typhoons. A coup and social unrest in Thailand. New and emerging threats in Myanmar. Travel security issues in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines continue due to crime, social unrest, and terrorism. These are just a handful of the issues facing not only international travelers, but the organizations that are sending representatives to these areas. 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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When it Comes to Malaria, Prevention is Key

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As organizations send travelers and expatriates overseas, many are heading to areas with higher medical risks, including Africa, where malaria is a challenge. World Malaria Day on April 25 reinforces the need for prevention and gives you an opportunity to further educate and remind your employees that it’s preventable. 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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