Poor Travel Management Exposes Organisations to Severe Penalties Says 2012 Report by KDS

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Leading travel and expense (T&E) management solution provider KDS has announced the results of a traveller security and risk management survey conducted in July 2012, in which it is shown that 54% of organisations are still managing corporate travel in a way that is exposing themselves to duty of care and corporate manslaughter repercussions.

54% of organisations are still managing corporate travel in a way that is exposing themselves to duty of care and corporate manslaughter repercussions.

Organisations with multinational operations and those with employees who travel across borders are increasingly concerned about managing risk and the duty of care for their travellers. Business travellers can be put at risk in many ways: natural disasters, geographical or political conflicts, kidnappings, assaults, accidents etc. Therefore, companies try to control their employee’s business travel by monitoring and controlling their bookings and cutting rogue or maverick travel buyer behaviour.

“The survey sends every corporation a tough wake-up call,” said KDS Marketing Director Stanislas Berteloot. “Organisation’s traveller tracking initiatives are either not working or are not properly enforced, it is absolutely crucial that travel spend is channelled through the defined travel procurement tool to successfully provide duty of care to your mobile workforce.”

Traveller duty of care rests largely on the organisation’s ability to successfully track their employees whilst on the road. 24% of the people surveyed admitted that they regularly book their business travel outside of the corporate mandated solution, thus making it close to impossible for their employers to locate them. Even more worrying is that a significant minority of 15% of respondents stated that they believe their companies are not aware of their location whilst away on business, clearly highlighting that for that minority it would be extremely difficult if not impossible to repatriate travellers in case of emergency and that duty of care obligations are not being met.

“Ineffective travel management leaves the employee and the organisation open to considerable risk and the penalties can be severe” said Berteloot. “Awareness is not enough, organisations must have a system in place that, together with their TMC, can help bring staff home at any time and from any location. To do that control is key.”
On August 30th KDS is holding a webinar addressing traveller security and maverick spend. The online seminar will be focussing on how organisations can successfully meet their duty of care and corporate manslaughter responsibilities but also how to drive adoption to the preferred procurement channels, stopping maverick buying behaviour and ultimately regaining complete control of 100% of the organisations spend.

To register for this webinar please go to the link below https://kds.webex.com/kds/onstage/g.php?d=765342975&t=a

About KDS
KDS (http://www.kds.com) is a leading international provider of Travel & Expense (T&E) management systems for private and public sector organisations. The KDS unified Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-based technology addresses the full range of T&E requirements, from travel policy definition and enforcement, and the online self-booking of travel, through to automated travel expense processing and invoice reconciliation. With each stage handled seamlessly by the KDS fully-integrated technology, clients achieve significant efficiencies and cost-savings. KDS offers the most extensive back-end connectivity to financial service and travel providers (airline, car, rail and hotel) in the industry, ensuring optimised pricing and up-to-the-minute inventory control.

Contacts:

France:                        
Stanislas Berteloot            
sberteloot (at) kds (dot) com            
+33 680 4040 56    

UK:     
Ewan Ross    
eross (at) kds (dot) com        
+44 1784 444 048

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