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In readiness for getting back to business travel, the new ISO 31030 standard provides those responsible for travel security risk management with an internationally recognized standard guideline to provide duty of care and protective measures for business travel globally.

Launched in September 2021, ISO 31030 is an essential framework guideline that provides the foundations, route map, and benchmark for travel security programs. It is designed to assist organizations and those responsible for travel security governance alike before, during, and after travel. 

On 17 November 2021, Roger Warwick, CPP, Pyramid Temi Group; Andy Williams, CPP, Pyramid Temi Group; and Godfried Hendriks, CPP, ASIS International Immediate Past President (2020); will host the free webinar Travel Risk Management ISO 31030: The Standard That Changes The Game to outline the key points of ISO 31030 every security professional should know.

The ASIS Blog sat down with Warwick and Williams to discuss travel risk assessment.

How did you become interested in travel risk assessment? Why should security professionals have travel risk assessment on their radar?

Warwick: Duty of Care is a security matter. That legal and moral responsibility extends beyond the place of work. Security, safety, and health issues are all part of duty of care. Security experts have the basic capacity to manage them but need to specialize.

Williams: As the world is becoming digital, it’s also becoming more geopolitically and environmentally unstable. New business opportunities are to be found in what are traditionally considered unstable locations in the world. These locations still value face to face interaction to build initial relationships and require expertise on ground. The only way to do this is to send employees to such locations.

Before doing so, it's essential to risk assess every component of the employee journey as both a duty of care and to ensure the highest level of performance and business results as a result of an employee travel.

What advice you would give security professionals interested in Travel Risk Assessment?

Warwick: Investigate and understand your organisation’s travel needs and resources; both quality and quantity. Assess your professional limits in resolving potential problems. Travel as extensively as is feasible. Become educated and enlist expert advice.

Williams: Make sure you travel extensively. Practice what you preach. Travel broadens the mind, and a broad mind is what’s needed to conduct travel risk assessments.