5 Steps to Minimize International Travel Risk
International travel is a vital component of most organizations, and doing it safely and securely is equally critical. Travel risk management is a concept that follows directly with its name: any time you and your team travels, anything that can be done to mitigate the risk involved in the journey should be put to use. The risks vary greatly, from security issues to weather events, and because of this variation, the key to a successfully vetted trip abroad is education and easy access to local knowledge in real-time. Below are five steps your organization can take towards minimizing the amount of risk involved with traveling overseas.
- Destination Research: As with most things in the security world, knowledge is a powerful tool. Each destination is going to have its own set of risks and countermeasures. It's important to understand the political, physical, and environmental climate on equal levels. No singular piece of information should be considered irrelevant. And along with researching the potential risks at your destination, researching the areas of assistance in times of trouble is equally important. Where's the closest embassy? What local government branches handle natural disaster responses? Having this knowledge known before your trip goes a long way to reactions on the ground.
- Educate Your Travelers: You should not be the only one in your party that has useful education on the travel risks: international business travel is often a team exercise, and, as such, your entire crew needs to have the knowledge and tools that will help them react appropriately should an incident arise. Education can take place well before any trip and can be as immersive as awareness seminars and as simple but powerful as pocket-sized destination guides.
- Use Safe Transportation: Transportation, both en route and while on foreign soil, can often be the most hazardous portion of any business trip. Know what companies you'll be using while on foreign roads well: what types of transportation they will be using, what routes they will be taking and why, and who else may have knowledge of these routes. Safe transportation takes many forms, but good travel risk management requires a deep understanding of the literal system involved.
- Background Checks: Chauffeurs and local handlers are going to be a heavy presence with many traveling teams. Because of this, having a background check on each may be a significant step towards more secure travel. If not going into that depth, it would be at a minimum of importance to be confident in their training and knowledge of the local terrain.
- Understand Security Risks: Once you know the risks, it's critical that you and your team accept them. Any travel is going to include
some level of risk, as anything in life does, but it's fundamental that your team is comfortable and confident with the destination. If they don't feel at ease in the deep end of the pool, stay in the shallow end.
With all travel risk management, knowledge, education, and the ability to utilize resources are crucial. It is here that NC4 can be such a valuable partner. With relevant and active information, the NC4 Risk Center™ platform (available as a simple smartphone app) is a team leader's aide and constant knowledge companion. NC4 Risk Center takes risk mitigation to another level for your employees, yourself, and even a company's physical assets.
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