As Global Business Travel Increases in 2014, Survey Reveals Most Pressing Concerns of Security, Travel, and HR Executives

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As travel increases, a recent survey by International SOS and Control Risks shows businesses in the US remain concerned about civil unrest, terrorism, and crime in certain regions.

Civil unrest, terrorism, and opportunistic crime are among the greatest concerns at leading international companies in 2014. At least these were the findings from a new survey of 250 security, travel, medical and HR managers.

“Similar threats are always on the minds of those responsible for keeping travelers, expatriates and their families safe,” said Pablo Weisz, regional security manager for International SOS and Control Risks. The survey also found that travel is growing: nearly three quarters of survey respondents reported that their organizations upped travel in 2013—and more than half expected it to increase further in 2014.

Respondents to the survey cited the Middle East and North Africa as presenting the greatest risk to their employees (46 percent). Twenty-six percent of respondents cited Latin America.

“Emerging markets are increasingly important to international businesses,” added Michael Moran, Vice President, Global Risk Analysis for Control Risks. “Many emerging markets have newly established middle classes who are demanding more from their governments. This may be good news in the long run, but in the short term, it can fuel the kind of social unrest that we’ve seen in Brazil and Turkey and Bulgaria. Companies doing business in these places need to understand those dynamics in order to protect their people and their interests.”

The survey was a joint venture between International SOS, the world’s leading medical and security services company, Control Risks, the global business risk consultancy, and ASIS International’s CSO Roundtable. It was conducted during a recent webinar that addressed key political and travel security risks emerging over the course of the coming year which are likely to shape the environment for organizations operating internationally.

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About International SOS
International SOS ( is the world’s leading medical & security services company operating from over 700 sites in 76 countries with 10,000 employees, led by 1,100 physicians and 200 security specialists. Our global services include medical and risk planning, preventative programs, in-country expertise and emergency response for travelers, expatriates and their dependents of over 70 percent of the Fortune 500 companies.

About Control Risks
Control Risks ( is a global risk consultancy specialising in political, security and integrity risk. The company enables its clients to understand and manage the risks of operating in complex or hostile environments. Through a unique combination of services, wide geographical reach and by adopting a close partnership approach with clients, Control Risks helps organisations effectively solve their problems and realise new opportunities across the world.

About the CSO Roundtable
ASIS International ( is the preeminent organization for security professionals, with more than 38,000 members worldwide. Its CSO Roundtable is a private membership group open only to the senior-most security executives at the world’s largest organizations. The CSO Roundtable provides an exclusive range of educational and networking events to its members around the globe, including CSO-only sessions at ASIS events in the US, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Middle East.

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