There is a great deal of misconception when it comes to Duty of Care and a Travel Risk Management Plan, most individuals and travellers think they are one and the same, however this is not the case. They are both linked in a massive way, but it’s important to be able to differentiate between the two. In this blog post, we explain the clear differences between the two, so you can be informed going forward.
To firstly understand how these two differ, its best to understand what the two terms actually mean. So, Duty of Care is essentially a moral/legal obligation to ensure the safety and wellbeing of others, this means that companies have a responsibility when it comes to their employees to keep them safe. This is obviously heightened when employees travel, as they could potentially be in a different country, and a different culture where they need extra protection.
Travel Risk Management however, is a plan or programme designed to ensure duty of care to your employees. Examples of this could include potentially planning alternate routes for travellers, sharing a detailed map of the area which the person is travelling, having phone numbers and locations of local hospitals, preparing a thorough itinerary and much more. These are usually quite detailed because this links with Duty of Care and the moral and legal obligation that companies have towards their staff.
Think of Duty of Care as the “what” and Travel Risk Management as the “how”; they are both linked to each other in a way that is very important to organisations and their travellers. Companies that do not have an effective duty of care policy and travel risk management plan are potentially putting their employees at risk, because you never know when you might need them. Your Travel Risk Management plan should be updated regularly as well, to ensure it is water tight to reduce the risks to staff and travellers.
There is also a common misconception that a Travel Risk Management plan is something that only caters towards extreme situations such as natural disasters, terrorism and kidnapping. But there are other risks that employees face every day, no matter where you are in the world. Simple things even such as crossing the road or not wearing a seatbelt, so think of these programmes as something that ensures a company cares about employee safety for anything and not just high-risk situations.
We hope after reading this post you can now easily differentiate between Duty of Care and Travel Risk Management. If you enjoyed this post then why not continue your understanding of Duty of Care by reading some of our other blog posts here, or if you’ve still got a question for us, get in touch here.