International

Just one-in-four small firms assess risks before sending staff to dangerous regions

Fred Heritage | 14 April 2016 | 8 years ago

shutterstock_325858610
Latin America is now one of the world’s most dangerous regions to do business due to drug trafficking, gang war and political instability
Half as many British small business owners are likely to conduct risk assessments before sending staff to high-risk territories than larger companies, new research has confirmed.

More than half the UK’s larger corporate firms reportedly assess risks prior to an employee travelling to a region perceived to be dangerous, whereas just 25 per cent of small firms do.

Data compiled by Collinson Group also revealed that smaller business owners were less likely to have a risk management strategy within their firm’s business travel policy. A quarter of larger corporates said they didnt have such a strategy in place as opposed to 31 per cent of small firms.

When questioned, just under half the HR professionals at Britain’s larger firms said theyd ensure an employee was issued with safety and security guidelines before travelling to high-risk regions on business, as opposed to just 40 per cent of those in smaller companies.

In a sign that firms of all sizes struggle to adapt to the changing nature of global risks, 22 per cent of larger corporates and 25 per cent of small businesses reported that clarifying the risks presented by different geographical locations was the most challenging aspect of developing risk assessment strategies. Many employees described the information and guidance they received from their employer before travelling to high-risk zones as ‘standardised and not relating to my specific business travel needs or risks.

The process of sending employees on business trips has also become more complicated and difficult from a duty of care perspective according to HR professionals, with 73 per cent of and 44 per cent of those at larger firms and smaller companies respectively having strongly agreed with that statement.

Commenting on the research, Collinson Group head of corporate travel products Randall Gordon-Duff said that the majority of UK businesses lacked sufficient resources dedicated to risk management. Now is a very good time for businesses large and small to review and reassess their current and projected traveler profiles, associated policies and their subsequent approach to duty of care requirements, he said.

given the evolving nature of risk globally it has become more critical than ever that employees sent abroad on business are protected and, importantly feel confident in their employer’s ability to provide assistance on the move if needed, added Gordon-Duff.

Latin America is increasingly becoming one of the world’s most dangerous regions to live and do business. According to Business Insider, the continent has the undesirable accolade of having 41 of the 50 most violent cities in the world, caused in large part due to drug trafficking and resulting gang wars and political instability.

Going global can feel like a challenging prospect. But by having some components overseas, your micro business can perform on the global stage, writes our expert.

Related Topics

How To Import From China To The UK
3 May 2022

How To Import From China To The UK

Read More →
What Do Companies Need From a Business Foreign Exchange Payment Provider?
18 August 2021

What Do Companies Need From a Business Foreign Exchange Payment Provider?

Read More →
Call centre services in the Philippines in high demand
11 September 2019

Call centre services in the Philippines in high demand

Read More →
Secrets to exporting success (beyond the EU)
6 June 2019

Secrets to exporting success (beyond the EU)

Read More →
HMRC announces temporary customs procedures in event of No Deal Brexit
5 February 2019

HMRC announces temporary customs procedures in event of No Deal Brexit

Read More →
Tax fraud brothers jailed for 3.6m alcohol scam
6 November 2018

Tax fraud brothers jailed for 3.6m alcohol scam

Read More →

If you enjoy reading our articles,
why not sign up for our newsletter?

We commit to just delivering high-quality material that is specially crafted for our audience.

Join Our Newsletter