Bangladesh: Watching the Situation Unfold

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Through a campaign of near-continuous and disruptive hartals (shutdown strikes) and violent street demonstrations, the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has sought to create an atmosphere in which it will be difficult to hold the January 2014 elections. The BNP believes that the elections will not be fair and free if the ruling party does not step down to allow for a neutral interim government to oversee the elections. Given this atmosphere, personnel should defer non-essential travel to Bangladesh.
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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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Duty of Care and the Safety Network

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I was recently asked to connect on LinkedIn with someone who had almost 20 million connections. I responded in my usual fashion, “Thank you for the invitation to connect. Please advise how I may help you in your business; I believe it is important to engage my network and appreciate the courtesy of a reply.” Read full blog post »

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Lessons Learned: Middle East Business Travel After the Arab Spring

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Following the Arab Spring, the international business community went from a purely reactive methodology to major incidents to one that is much more preventative. They are also making decisions that are based on and supported by quality information, analysis and expert advice. Read full blog post »

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Safe and Savvy Summer Traveler: Promoting Security Awareness for Women

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We’ve all seen and cringed at the headlines over the past six months where female travelers have been assaulted. It happened to an American riding a minibus together with her boyfriend in Rio de Janeiro. And it’s been happening in Egypt during the most recent uprisings. Read full blog post »

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When the Dust has Settled – Part 1

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Many organizations struggle when it comes to ensuring compliance and identifying gaps in Duty of Care. It’s tough to make all the pieces fit together – but identifying gaps, using checks and balances, and using data, benchmarking, and audits can all aid the process of ensuring all Duty of Care areas are met. Read full blog post »

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Duty of Care on the Radar at SHRM

Journalist and author Fareed Zakaria opened up the 2013 Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) conference held earlier this week in Chicago with a case for optimism. While much of the world is still recovering from an economic slump, there are still more than 90 countries whose economies are growing. In fact, most of those countries are in developing or less-than-developed nations, predominantly in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. And it is in and to these remote locations where many international expats and travelers are finding themselves.
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