International SOS, a leading health and security risk services company, has called for the implementation of enhanced risk management strategies for travellers and organisations, amid the rise in international travel and the growing complexity of risks
Michael Rogers, chief security analyst at International SOS said, “The resurgence in global travel comes at a time in which the travel security landscape is increasingly being complicated by geopolitical events, natural disasters and other developments. More and more organisations are finding comprehensive risk mitigation strategies for their mobile workforce to be of utmost importance.
“Today, more than ever, travellers need to remain informed of prevailing risks and attendant mitigation measures. Beyond geopolitical issues and natural disasters, emerging diseases, social unrest and evolving crime dynamics require that travellers practice vigilance. Across a series of concurrent and overlapping crises, International SOS observed a 16% increase in the volume of security and medical alerts issued to clients from January to November this year compared to the same period in 2022. The considerable increase illustrates both the evolving global security environment as well as the value of timely and verified information and analysis as a key resource to ensure workforce safety.”
The impact of climate change, including extreme weather events, natural disasters and environmental changes also poses an additional layer of risk to global travel. Natural disaster-related reporting accounted for 20% of International SOS’ medical and security alert volume in July and August of 2023, 5% up on the same period of 2022.
Rogers added, “With climate change exacerbating existing travel risks, it is important for organisations to have robust and integrated health and security travel policies that safeguard employees from potential impacts of climate change during travels. Additionally, encompassing the ISO 31030 standard in organisations’ policies provides a framework to ensure preparedness for a changing travel security landscape and to be better placed to mitigate increasingly complex travel risks.”