New Report on European Trends in Travel Risk

05 October 2015 ,  —



FERMA and International SOS outline risk and insurance managers’ responsibilities to travelling employees and expats

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Managing health, safety and security risks to workers on international travel and assignment is the subject of a new paper from the Federation of European Risk Management Associations (FERMA) and International SOS, the world’s leading medical and travel security risk services company.

A survey earlier this year* led by FERMA and International SOS confirms that Travel Risk Management is on the agenda for 79% of the risk and insurance managers polled. FERMA and International SOS have, therefore, developed this paper to help risk and insurance managers better understand their responsibilities regarding work-related international travel and assignments. 

The document identifies the Risk Manager as a pivotal influencer in evaluating effective Travel Risk Management solutions. As noted in the paper: “The risk manager’s holistic perception of the medical, security and insurance aspects is critical to considering efficient solutions and practical responses to any situation an organisation might face when sending workers abroad.”  

The paper includes:  

• A legal review of Duty of Care for organisations in Europe;  

• Best practice and practical experiences from leading risk practitioners, representing Atlas Copco, CMI Groupe, DLA Piper, Drägerwerk, Kering, and Wolters Kluwer;

• A Travel Risk Management Toolbox that outlines health and travel security measures that organisations can implement to help reduce risks for their travellers and international assignees;

• A review of the transposition of the EU legislation in 15 Member States, which shows that national laws vary always toward greater health, safety and security responsibilities for organisations concerning their workers. 

Jorge Luzzi, FERMA board member with responsibility for the project:

“People are travelling on business more and further than ever before. This report will support organisations in fulfilling their duty of care to these travellers who are likely to be exposed to unfamiliar situations and increased risks compared to their home countries. FERMA recommends it to its members and all others involved in managing international travel for their organisations for both its practical and legal advice.”

Laurent Taymans, Regional Medical Director, International SOS, explains: 

“In this rapidly changing economic environment, companies need to be able to implement robust and scalable solutions to protect their travellers and expats. There is a measurable benefit for understanding and mitigating health, safety and security risks. These are an increasingly vital component of the international business development strategy. There is much more to the eye in regards to prevention than just direct financial considerations.  Risk and insurance managers now have a unique opportunity to reinvent their role and leverage support.”

Download a complimentary copy of the paper at

* FERMA and International SOS conducted a 1-minute online survey from April to July 2015 to gather organisations’ practices and views of Travel Risk Management. Of the 191 respondents, Risk Managers were in majority (60%), Insurance Managers accounted for 20% and 20% were Risk and Insurance Managers.

About FERMA 
The Federation of European Risk Management Associations (FERMA) brings together 22 national risk management associations in 20 European countries. FERMA has 4 500 individual members representing a wide range of business sectors from major industrial and commercial companies to financial institutions and local government bodies. These members play a crucial role for their organisations with respect to the management and treatment of complex risks and insurance issues. 

About DLA Piper
DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East, positioning us to help companies with their legal needs around the world. We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality and value to our clients.  

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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