Safety Is Your Business: Duty of Care in the News

The developing world and its emerging economies offer golden opportunities for firms large and small to explore new investment frontiers. This means sending employees, including executives, to foreign countries where conditions may be less than safe. Business travelers may encounter anything from small-time corruption to full-scale riots, and if you’re involved in travel risk management, your job entails anticipating and mitigating such dangers.

As many industry experts know, duty of care obligations are often some of the most difficult problems to solve. Companies must implement effective training programs and formulate sound, tested policy guidelines for employees traveling abroad. When outside the country on business, employees have to get from Point A to Point B safely, which involves secure movement by plane, ground transport, or walking. They should know exactly what the evacuation plan entails in the event that an emergency arises. On top of that, both travelling employees and policy makers must keep mobile data safe and secure.

The logistics and planning involved in duty of care are nothing short of overwhelming. Fortunately, firms like iJET, FrontierMEDEX, and AFIMAC exist that specialize in helping risk managers, corporate counsel, and other policy makers understand what they’re up against and implement the best practices to keep employees and data safe. If you work in those fields, HospitalityLawyer.com hopes to introduce you to these firms at the 3rd Global Congress on Travel Risk Management, held in Houston, Texas, from September 30 to October 1.

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Originally published on Tuesday, July 30, 2013
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