23 November 2018 ,  Beijing

International SOS China 2018 Annual Conference Successfully Shares Best Practices for Safeguarding Global Workforce in Today’s VUCA1 World

International SOS, the world's leading medical and security risk services company, successfully held its 2018 Annual Conference today in Beijing. International SOS showcased best practices for safeguarding a global workforce and sustainability reporting practices, providing an effective way for organisations to implement programmes that can help them to meet some of their Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs)2.

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Joel Gossett, International SOS China Managing Director, delivers the opening speech at the China Annual Conference

“A healthy and secure global workforce is critical for an organisation’s business resilience, forming the bedrock for long-term growth and development,” said Joel Gosset, Managing Director at International SOS China. “Identifying improvements and implementing best practices to achieve SDGs focusing on good health and wellbeing, as well as decent work and economic growth are essential. Regular reporting mechanisms also help to ensure achievements are on track and can help to identify return on investment.”

The conference attracted hundreds of senior business leaders who want to gain practical and insightful expertise in daily medical and security risk management that will help them to achieve some of the United Nation’s SDGs. Experts advised on health and security strategic planning and innovative interventions. Among those in attendance were International SOS’ suite of senior medical and security experts, government representatives, well-known scholars, and distinguished guests from leading organisations across industry sectors, including IT, banking, Oil & Gas, infrastructure and manufacturing, among others.

“It is an organisation’s responsibility to establish company-wide values and best practices when it comes to health and wellness programmes. Business leaders who grasp that health and wellness can improve business continuity, productivity, retention, and morale will enhance their company’s value. They’re better able to integrate sustainable practices with a company’s overall strategic objectives, and frame it as part of a wider commitment to corporate social responsibility” Gosset added.

International SOS Foundation and Sancroft have jointly released a guide3 on how to achieve sustainability and the company has helped its clients implement programmes that meet targets, including United Nations SDG 3 and SDG 8. International SOS has also introduced reporting frameworks as a useful tool for standardising disclosure and anticipating trends that need to be reported because reporting can play an important role in helping to substantially improve practices.

With the theme of ‘Enhancing Business Sustainability and Resilience: Meeting New Challenges in Medical and Security Risks Today’, this year’s conference marks the 5th year International SOS China has hosted the annual conference. The conference provides medical and security practitioners of leading Chinese companies, and global multinational organisations, with the opportunity to exchange the latest development and best practices in business sustainability and resilience.

Notes to Editors

1VUCA is an acronym used to describe or to reflect on the volatility, uncertainly, complexity and ambiguity of general conditions and situations.
2United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice.
3To read the report, ‘Maximising the value of Occupational Health & Safety and workplace wellness reporting for a global workforce: A practical guide for internationally operating employers’, click here.

About the International SOS Group of Companies

The International SOS Group of Companies is in the business of saving lives, protecting your global workforce from health and security threats. Wherever you are, we deliver customised health, security risk management and wellbeing solutions to fuel your growth and productivity. In the event of extreme weather, an epidemic or a security incident, we provide an immediate response providing peace of mind. Our innovative technology and medical expertise focus on prevention, offering real-time, actionable insights and on-the-ground quality delivery. We help you meet compliance reporting needs for good governance. By partnering with us, organisations can fulfil their Duty of Care responsibilities, while empowering business resilience, continuity and sustainability.

Founded in 1985, the International SOS Group is trusted by 11,000 organisations, including over half of the Fortune Global 500, multi-national corporate clients and mid-size enterprises, governments, educational institutions and NGOs. 11,000 multi-cultural medical, security and logistics experts stand with you to provide support & assistance from over 1,000 locations in 90 countries, 24/7, 365 days.   

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