In an export driven economy Travel Security is a prime business enhancer. Staff travelling abroad must be, and feel, as safe and secure as is reasonably possible.

WHAT IS TRAVEL SECURITY?

Travel Security is the managerial management of anything relating to security during business transfers of corporate personnel and other stakeholders. The process starts before the transfer and includes risk assessment and security management of transport, accommodation and, if advisable, security assistance on the ground. This process is proactive and included in business operations.

 

WHY IS TRAVEL SECURITY SO IMPORTANT?

The globalisation of the economy has increased the expansion of international markets. The number of employees travelling abroad has increased accordingly, especially in countries considered at risk. This process, in addition to the economic benefits, involves greater risks for the personnel who provide their work in contexts that are less known and are often unstable. Traffic accidents, terrorism, crime, natural disasters are just some of the risks that can arise in a trip and put the lives of staff involved at risk.
Travel risk management, more than ever, has become, for companies operating around the world, an imperative factor in the organisation and coordination of transfers abroad.

WHAT IS TRAVEL SECURITY?

Travel Security is the managerial management of anything relating to security during business transfers of corporate personnel and other stakeholders. The process starts before the transfer and includes risk assessment and security management of transport, accommodation and, if advisable, security assistance on the ground. This process is proactive and included in business operations.

 

WHY IS TRAVEL SECURITY SO IMPORTANT?

The globalisation of the economy has increased the expansion of international markets. The number of employees travelling abroad has increased accordingly, especially in countries considered at risk. This process, in addition to the economic benefits, involves greater risks for the personnel who provide their work in contexts that are less known and are often unstable. Traffic accidents, terrorism, crime, natural disasters are just some of the risks that can arise in a trip and put the lives of staff involved at risk.
Travel risk management, more than ever, has become, for companies operating around the world, an imperative factor in the organisation and coordination of transfers abroad.

There are three main reasons for the development and implementation of a Travel Security programme, for organisations that send staff abroad:

TRAVEL SECURITY: PROTECT YOUR PEOPLE

Organisations have the moral duty to protect their staff, wherever business takes them whatever the local difficulties. Employees travelling abroad to any location must feel as safe and secure as possible, in order to perform at their best, and represent their companies at best. When staff travel abroad organisations need to understand the Risks and be in a position to plan  and react promptly, taking whatever action is opportune.

 

TRAVEL SECURITY: PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS

Political situations, medical hazards, criminal activity and terrorism, either real or perceived, influence management decisions as to where it is advisable to operate. A well-structured Travel Security programme enables organisations to make decisions based on facts, a clear knowledge of what the Risks are and how to mitigate or avoid them.

By developing and implementing a Travel Security programme, companies will benefit from:

– Improved risk management

– Time, productivity and operating costs optimization. Establishing upstream roles, responsibility processes and procedures allows companies to be better organised internally and exploit resources efficiently.

– Ongoing monitoring processes.

– Prompt emergencies response.

– Effective and efficient communications with authorities, families and media, where necessary.

TRAVEL SECURITY: PROTECT YOUR COMPANY

Corporations should be aware that Duty of Care and Corporate Manslaughter legislation is spreading fast and often extends to foreign jurisdictions. Corporations are being held accountable for the security and safety of staff wherever they operate.

Organisations have the duty of establishing the conditions for travelling staff to perform their assignments, optimally, in a secure and safe environment (Duty of Care).

ISO 31030

Legislators have established the civil and criminal responsibilities of employers but have not provided indications as to what they should actually do to be compliant.
The ISO Guidance Standard, ISO 31030 – “Travel Risk Management-Guidance for Organizations”, which is part of the ISO 31000 Risk Management family of Standards, is currently being developed to assist organisations in creating and managing Travel Risk policy that is both efficient and in line with legal requirements.
ISO 31030 gives recommendations for the responsibility of an organization with regards to the health, safety and security of individuals travelling for work.
The standard can be used by any organization of any size and sector that designates travellers for work-related travel or assignment (including workers, volunteers or contractors, sub-contractors and students).
PTG’s CEO Roger Warwick is the expert representing Italy (UNI) at the International Technical Committee.

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