Wednesday, 19 July 2017 16:04

ASC Member Wins 2017 Duty of Care Awards

The winners of the 2017 Duty of Care Awards were announced at a gala event in Berlin on Thursday, 29 June. Hosted by the International SOS Foundation, the awards took place following the Duty of Care Summit, honouring organisations and individuals making a significant contribution to protecting their people while travelling or working remotely.


Judges reviewed entries representing 17 industries  and  organisations in 32 countries . Organisations submitted nominations regarding their Duty of Care programmes in the following categories: Innovation, Thought Leadership, Resilient Care, Communication, Partnership, Remote Healthcare, Return on Investment in Travel Risk Mitigation, Ambassador of Duty of Care (individual), German Mittelstand: Duty of Care Programme.

Andrew Kendrick, Regional President, Europe at Chubb - the world’s largest listed property and casualty insurer and Gold Sponsor of the 2017 Duty of Care Awards – said: “Duty of Care is critical to organisations in any industry.  It helps to ensure business continuity and compliance, as well as protecting against reputation damage and potentially costly legal issues. Most importantly, it helps safeguard the primary business critical element of any organisation: its employees. Chubb believes in the value of effective Duty of Care. As such we recognise the importance of rewarding best practice in this crucial and evolving area and commend all those who entered the Awards.”

Arnaud Vaissié, Co-Founder, CEO & Chairman of International SOS, represented the International SOS Foundation and commented, “The Duty of Care awards recognise the impact that participants have to protect their people. More and more the focus is on prevention and on proactive measures that can be taken to mitigate risks. Companies are examining threats on a granular basis - by location and by personal risk factors. They are adapting preventive strategies to keep their employees healthy, safe and secure. The entries this year, explore the pragmatic application of Duty of Care programmes for a mobile workforces.”

The judging panel for the Duty of Care Awards included internationally recognised leaders in fields related to Duty of Care.

Ambassador of Duty of Care Award:

Winner:  Zebra Technologies – Gian-Rico Luzzi

Gian-Rico has been an “industry crusader” working to establish guidelines and standards for Travel Risk Management. His career spans 17-years in private and corporate security. Gian-Rico observed that more and more organisations were prioritising and mitigating risks associated with employee travel. He noted that lapses in Duty of Care were increasingly scrutinized by the media, legal entities and governments. 

His master’s dissertation on the maturity of contemporary travel security risk management was nominated for an Imbert Prize in 2015. In 2014, Gian-Rico approached the British Standard’s Institute and proposed the development of a new standard on business travel security. He, along with International SOS and others, helped create the PAS 3001:2016: Travelling for work, the responsibilities of an organisation for health, safety and security. This guideline, published in 2016, provides businesses strategic direction and operational guidance to develop travel risk management programmes.



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