Why you should hold all your business meetings in Reykjavik- Consularcare looks at the world’s most dangerous business travel destinations

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The world is a busy and thriving marketplace, and during these politically uncertain times more businesses are broadening their horizons and setting their sights on global opportunities and contracts. In order to achieve this, and to forge and maintain international corporate relationships, it is inevitably necessary to travel to far-flung destinations. Not as exotic as it sounds, and unless business travellers are well-prepared it can be nothing short of dangerous.
The world is changing, and the risks and dangers associated with travelling are increasing. For organisations and their employees, it is important that they understand those risks and take appropriate action to alleviate them.
According to the latest Global Peace Index (GPI) from the Institute for Economics and Peace, the world is indeed a more dangerous place than it was a year ago. However, it is interesting to note that due to the regional conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) intensifying, if MENA is excluded from the study, the peace levels across the rest of the world actually improved.
Top Five Most Dangerous Destinations
1. Syria
2. South Sudan
3. Iraq
4. Afghanistan
5. Somalia
How can you protect your employees?
1. Research- find out more about the intended destination. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice is up-to-date and accurate, but make sure you drill-down to the specific location your staff will be staying and visiting.
2. Education- Make sure travellers know what to do in an emergency, who to contact, and how to behave. A few training sessions covering local customs, etiquette and dress codes along with basic safety steps could save your company resources, in more ways than one.
3. Some are more equal than others- Equality is part of our everyday lives in the UK, and you wouldn’t think twice about offering a post to a qualified candidate if they are LGBT, female or disabled. Tragically, not all the world see it like that, and it is important for employees to understand any specific dangers they may encounter on the grounds of their gender, sexuality or disability.
4. Add corporate travel to your business continuity plans- it is surprising how many organisations forget to do this! If one of your directors is kidnapped abroad, or a member of staff is arrested or loses their passport, what are you going to do to help them and minimise the impact on the organisation?
5. Have the experts on stand-by- there are a plethora of assistance companies offering medical and security assistance, ranging from telephone advice to bodyguard services. Depending on the travel destination, it may well be prudent to have a security team available to support and, maybe accompany your staff. But what if they are going to a ‘safe’ country for a run-of-the-mill business meeting? There are no barriers to crime, or to terrorist threats, or indeed to lost travel documents. Consularcare’s ConsularAssist is the perfect solution, offering private consular assistance to support and advise your staff in the event of a crisis abroad. Find out more here.
If you were wondering, the most peaceful country in the world is Iceland; Denmark, Austria and New Zealand follow close behind.