Duty of care in the global mobility context

The safety and security of assignees is a major concern for organisations. A valuable input to Worldwide ERC’s EMEA summit was a session dedicated to this vital issue, presented by Pascale McLacrie, international mobility manager of French DIY chain ADEO.

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Pascale McLacrie explained that, while industries such as oil and petrochemicals are well-versed in risk management owing to the inherent nature of their businesses, it can take an accident or an act of aggression before mobility professionals in other sectors realise the implications for their assignees and their organisations.As risk management is typically addressed in an organisation’s domestic setting, international assignees tend to fall outside this spotlight. Nonetheless, as Ms McLacrie explained, a raft of legislation covers duty of care, though it is frequently not known about or communicated to assignees.Assignees must be made aware of their responsibilities, as must their employing organisations. The importance of assessing the risks, developing appropriate policies and procedures, and clarifying the links between the headquarters which sets policy, the business units which must implement it, and expatriates who must comply with it must all be carried out.Education and training form a vital part of this process, and safety and security should be included within intercultural training and assignment preparation. The role of specialised providers can be invaluable in supporting these endeavours, together with gaining top management support.Look out for more Re:locate reports from the Worldwide ERC Global Workforce Summit: Talent Mobility in EMEA.

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