Your travel risk management policies are vital in upholding your Duty of Care responsibilities to your employees. The implications of not aligning ISO 31030 to your existing procedures can be detrimental to organisations reliant on business travel. Aligning your travel risk management policies accordingly promotes the health, safety, and security of your travelling workforce.
Travel Uncertainty Concerns
Since the pandemic, return-to-travel carries a higher degree of uncertainty and complexity. Moreover, current events, natural disasters, and civil unrest in parts of the world have also heightened concerns.
These concerns have created new issues and safety risks and emphasised those already in place. Travelling employees must feel confident that their health, safety and security concerns are addressed responsibly by their employers. As a result of the pandemic, organisations have a greater opportunity to manage risk and review safety protocols in a more focussed manner.
For instance, how prone are your business travellers to risk exposures whenever they leave their respective bases for onward travel? As an employer, you are responsible for your employees' health, safety, security, and welfare. Other risk considerations include, but are not limited to:
- What are the entry requirements for countries?
- What are your organisation’s reputational risks associated with your travelling employees?
- What local laws and customs expose greater risk?
- What social, political, and economic factors pose a risk?
These risk considerations and their respective impact to your employees should always be mitigated. This is the main objective to any travel risk management programme.
ISO 31030 is critical to navigate the current travel risk environment. It reflects today's business travel concerns. It must therefore be aligned with your travel risk management programme. The advantages of doing so include:
- A robust structure of safety protocols for your workforce
- Updating your organisation's compliance to meet corporate travel standards, making it more resilient
- Opportunities to better understand who exactly in your workforce will be affected by travel risks
- Helping your organisation implement change by acting on employee feedback on incidents and risks that occur when working overseas
- Clarity and support for your organisation
- Accountability between your organisation and your workforce, allowing your Travel Risk Managers to introduce a streamlined process
- Alleviating the health, safety, security, and wellbeing concerns of your travelling workforce
- Attracting talent and retaining staff with strong policies around the Duty of Care for business travellers
In conclusion, travel risk management is not static. It is an ongoing and diligent process. It requires your organisation and its stakeholders to continually assess external risks, align them with ISO 31030 and review your internal processes to ensure your workforce is protected.
How we can Support you
For over 35 years, International SOS has been at the forefront of supporting organisations' travel risk management plans. To help you understand the core components of ISO 31030 we provide expert guidance. We will assess the risks impacting your workforce and guide you to integrating them into your existing plans to ensure compliance.
Our team of health, safety and security experts has created a short free self-assessment to help you. Upon completion, you will receive a detailed personalised report that you can take directly to your management teams. Moreover, to ensure your business gets the best out of this ISO standard, our expert team also provides ISO 31030 training as well as a range of consulting and solutions to meet your organisational needs.