Supporting Organisations With Practical Measures to Deal With the Health & Security Impacts of Climate-Related Events
Over the last few decades, organisations have been understandably focused on the need to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change by taking practical steps towards a carbon-neutral world. However, while governments, civil society and the private sector continue with these efforts, the negative impact of climate change is already being felt.
Extreme weather conditions such as flooding, extreme heat, hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts and wildfires are increasing in intensity with the knock-on effects felt on a global scale. These include water and vector-borne diseases, respiratory illnesses, food insecurity, water scarcity, social unrest and conflict. According to World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reporting, the number of extreme weather events increased by a factor of five in the past 50 years and is still increasing.
During a 2023 BCI survey on extreme weather and climate change, when asked about the effects of climate-related events on their organisations, respondents highlighted supply chain disruption (47.3%), staff absence (45.9%), temporary loss of premises (44.5%), loss of power (41.8%), and loss of revenue (27.4%) as the top concerns.
International SOS helps organisations proactively look at how they can protect their business, people and surrounding communities from the negative impacts of climate-related events. We provide information and assistance through digital tools and monitoring platforms, health and security advisory including climate vulnerability assessments and policy development, education and awareness content, emotional support to those in need, and technical assistance for climate resilient health services and infrastructure.
- USD 2 - 4 Billion
per year estimated in the direct health costs caused by climate change by 2030*
additional deaths per year, between 2023 and 2050, from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhoea and heat stress due to climate change**
CLIMATE RESILIENCE ADVISORY BASED ON SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE & BEST PRACTICE
MONITOR, PLAN & EFFECTIVELY RESPOND TO CLIMATE & DISASTER THREATS
EMPOWERING ACTION THROUGH INFORMATION & ASSISTANCE
EMOTIONAL SUPPORT FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY CLIMATE ANXIETY
EDUCATION AND AWARENESS FOR REMOTE SITES
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR CLIMATE RESILIENT HEALTH SERVICES AND INFRASTRUCTURE
HOW WE SUPPORT OUR CLIENTS
Ensuring Safety and Security: Assisting Safe Evacuations from Wildfires in Rhodes, Greece|Rhodes, Greece
In the recent wildfires in Rhodes, Greece, our on-the-ground security experts, and network of global providers were able to help our client, NSO Group, and their travellers safely evacuate the island. Discover how we effectively navigated the complexities of this operation, ensuring the safety and security of all travellers involved.AssistanceDuty of CareEvacuationSecurity
Critical Medical Support for Mikisew Cree First Nation During Wildfire Evacuation|Alberta, Canada
International SOS provided support to swiftly deployed a skilled medical team equipped with essential supplies in response to a wildfire-driven evacuation of Fort Chipewyan in Canada.AssistanceCrisis ManagementDuty of CareEvacuationDiversity
In the Wake of Cyclone Idai
Security Manager, Holly Mcgurk, recently came back from Beira, Mozambique following the destruction caused by Cyclone Idai. Here, she shares how we helped our clients and their people.Natural Disasters
Navigating the Storm: Helping your Organisation Prepare for the Changing Climate
Climate change is no longer a topic that can be ignored in the executive boardroom or delegated to risk management teams. Understand the impacts, planning, preparation, and adaptation to your organisation from a rapidly changing climate.
The Transformative Effects of Climate Change on the Corporate WorkforceOur expert Dr Vikram Vora shares eight points on how the effects of climate change have impacted corporate employees around the world and suggests building workforce resilience in response.
Climate Anxiety: Managing the Psychological Impact of a Changing WorldAs people become aware of the impact of climate change they may experience feelings of fear and distress. Learn how organisations can help promote emotional resilience at work.
Corporate Health and Security Challenges Associated with Climate Change and Extreme WeatherOrganisations play a pivotal role in protecting the health and safety of their people. Our experts Dr Irene Lai and Yoshiro Fukuma share their suggestions on mitigating the current risks.
Hawaii WildfiresIn this podcast, our experts explain how we supported our clients amidst the Hawaii wildfires and helping to get them to safety.
Climate Change ProtestsHigh-impact actions such as blocking roads and stopping traffic by climate change activists can disrupt businesses and frustrate commuters. Listen to International SOS' Security Specialist, Adriana Rot-Laugel, as she provides her assessment and insight on the situation in Europe.
Greece Wildfires: Rhodes RescueIn this podcast, our security expert provides insight on how we helped our clients get to safety amidst the wildfires in Greece.
COP27 Update: The Growing Impact of Global WarmingGlobal Security Director Sally Llewellyn sets out how rising temperatures are worsening existing tensions in societies around the world, and threatening vital infrastructure.
What is the Impact of Wildfires on Health?Wildfires have a harmful impact on health and increase morbidity and mortality burden. Organisations can consider a multipronged approach to control the wildfires and their health effects.
What Are the Health Implications of Heatwaves?Heatwaves can increase the strain on health and emergency services as well as increase demand on water, energy and transportation leading to power outages.
Air Pollution: should you be Concerned?Pollution affects business operations in many ways, from changes to traffic, vehicle design requirements, bans on burning, and even shutting some manufacturing plants at times.
Does air pollution actually affect our health enough to warrant these actions?
When is it Safe to Return After a Natural DisasterWith the recent devastation of natural disasters around the world, organisations are challenged more than ever to keep local business operations stable, while ensuring the safety and wellbeing of their people.
Assessing your Organisation's Pandemic PreparednessTo support organisations in managing a future pandemic or crisis, we have created a new self-assessment tool dedicated to understanding an organisations maturity regarding pandemic preparedness.
WHY PARTNER WITH INTERNATIONAL SOS?
Almost 40 Years’ ExperienceWe have almost forty years of medical and security experience in preparing for and responding to extreme weather events, natural disasters and pandemics.
Local Presence & Global InfrastructureOrganisations can leverage our deep boots-the-ground knowledge as well as our global digital tools and platforms to manage risk associated with climate events.
Health & Security CombinedWe combine our expertise in health and security to deal with the immediate impacts of climate-related events and also the knock-on effects, e.g. civil unrest.