International SOS Foundation Singapore World Summit
Over 100 World Leaders Pledged their commitment to the health, safety and security of the global mobile workforce
Guest-of-Honor: Mr Heng Chiang Gnee
Chairman of Workplace Safety & Health Council
The International SOS Foundation, supported by the Ministry of Manpower Singapore, is now calling for world leaders to add their e-signature to the Singapore declaration, in support of the principles of prevention with regard to work-related travel safety, health and security. This follows the official signing ceremony, which took place on the opening day of the XXI World Congress in Singapore on 3 September, already attracting over 100 signatories. The Foundation was pleased to have Mr Heng Chiang Gnee, Chairman of Workplace Safety and Health Council, as the Guest-of-Honour for this milestone event.
The International SOS Foundation is now seeking further participation from all leaders and professionals, who have a responsibility for the Duty of Care of their mobile workforce. The declaration will demonstrate commitment and leadership across all industry sectors, public and private sector and NGOs, to institutions of higher learning and others. Business leaders, who would like to represent the leadership of their organisation by signing the declaration, can now provide an e-signature here.
Jukka Takala, President of the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH), commented, “Taking care of employees is vital, and the mobile workforce should be as well protected during travel or on assignment as they are when working domestically. Increasingly, a robust Duty of Care programme can be a legal imperative, protect business continuity and corporate reputation, as well as attract and retain talent. These are key foundations of all businesses. Organisations of all sizes must make a commitment to put in place appropriate plans and prevention measures. The Singapore declaration is providing the focus and public platform for organisations leading the way.”
Laurent Fourier, Executive Director of the International SOS Foundation, comments, “The mobile workforce is growing dramatically1 and becoming increasingly diverse, creating greater potential risks while opening opportunity. In parallel, businesses are increasingly growing through expansion in established and new locations, from densely populated cities to remote territories. International and regional laws in Duty of Care need to be adhered to and the mobile workforce needs to be protected wherever they are. Not only is it a Duty of Care to individuals, but it can also improve business resiliency and continuity through a workforce that is well.”
Fourier continues, “It is very encouraging to see so many business leaders from around the world taking an interest in, and are willing to commit to, the principles of prevention. By providing e-signatures for the declaration we hope that all organisations, wherever they are, pledge their commitment and push forward the Duty of Care agenda.”
Notes to Editors
1 Price Waterhouse Cooper's "Talent Mobility 2020" Publication