The latest edition of the ‘Travel Risk Map’ for 2019 has been launched today. Produced by International SOS and Control Risks, it reveals the latest medical, road safety and security risk ratings of destinations worldwide.
The countries deemed to have a 'very high' security risk factor include: Haiti, Venezuela, Libya, Somalia, Afghanistan and North Korea.
Alongside the Travel Risk Map, the Ipsos MORI ‘Business Resilience Trends Watch 2019’, shows that a significant (although decreasing) number of business decision-makers expect travel risks to rise next year.
- 43% expect travel risks to increase in 2019, down from 52% predicting risk increase in 2018. There has been a year on year decrease for the past three years
- 45% say that risks have stayed the same over the last year (2018)
- 47% say travel risks have increased over the past year. A drop of 16 percentage points from last year
Organisations struggle to keep up with modern workforce needs
One of the main findings of the report was that the evolving travel habits of the modern workforce are being overlooked by many organisations.
- Only a third (33%) of organisations cover cyber security in their travel policy
- Just over a quarter (26%) cover considerations for female travellers
- 18% cover bleisure travel and 14% shared economy services
- Considerations for travellers with disabilities or mental health issues are covered by 10% and 11% of travel policies respectively
- Considerations for LGBTQ travellers are covered by just 9% of travel policies
Sally Napper, Security Specialist at International SOS and Control Risks, said: "Ensuring your policies stay relevant to the needs of a modern workforce helps to keep your people safer and better informed, and also demonstrates the continuing importance of adaptive risk management programmes - and could help win board approval and support for other initiatives."
Actions being undertaken by organisations to protect their mobile workforce
Including a travel risk assessment in the travel approval process is the most common response to health and security concerns over the past year, selected by 42% of respondents.
The next most popular responses include:
- Implemented travel safety training and security training (39%)
- Introducing pre-trip and during trip advisory emails (38%)
- Updated travel risk policy (excluding diversity related issues) (36%)
- Monitor and analyse type and quantity of health and security incidents (29%)
- Implemented programmes to locate travellers (29%)
- Provided annual health check-ups (28%)
Businesses could be doing more
Alongside not covering key points like mental health and diversity issues in their travel policy, there are other things that few businesses are currently doing:
- Only 9% updated their company sustainability programme to include their travel risk programme
- Only 11% monitored the number of road traffic accidents
- Only 21% implemented a programme for people to understand their existing health issues while away on business
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