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'Geopolitical risks top disruptor for biz travellers in 2020'

Mumbai, Nov 19 (PTI) Geopolitical risks top the worrylist of business travellers for 2020, while all frequentweather-related disasters getting pushed to the middle in thelist of top ten disruptions, according to a report.

The risks borne from geopolitical shifts are likely tobe the most important mobility challenge for businessesfollowed by mental health issues, physical health, cybercrime,according to the International SOS Risks Forecast for 2020 ledby the new Travel Risk Management Council.

Climate change is likely to be the exacerbate theoccurrence of environmental disruptions while infectiousdisease outbreaks will increase due to multiple factors,including climate change, increasing urbanisation, diminishingvaccination coverage and security instability, it added.

Risks Forecast for 2020 is done through a survey byInternational SOS, a global medical and travel security riskservices company, with over 1,300 business travel decision-makers.

'Geopolitical volatility is key and current challengeto business mobility. Organisations need to ensure resilientcrises response structures that focus on their abilities tocover the entire cycle of business mobility from pre-departureeducation of employees to communication frameworks that cansupport employees during a crisis as well as post-travelchecks should be statutory,' Global Security Solutionsexecutive vice president Udit Mehta said.

He said, businesses will also need to cater forinclusive policies to ensure considerations for risks tofemale and LGBTQ+ employees and travellers are accounted for.

'Geopolitical risks shall perhaps have the mostsignificant impact on mobility in the coming year andIndian businesses shall need to institute capacities to buildresilience as well as mechanisms of response for purposes ofcontinuity to navigate through this fluidity,' he added.

International SOS medical director Rahul Kalia saidthe threat of epidemics and emerging infectious diseases arelikely to increase and so are the incidences of environmentalinfluence on health including seasonal exposure to hightemperatures and unhealthy air pollution in some cities acrossIndia.

'With over USD 1.7 trillion expected to be invested byorganisations by 2022, without taking into account humancapital and productivity impacts of travel disruption, it'simportant that organisations get ahead of whatever potentialdisruption they can,' Mehta added.

With accurate information, tools and support in place,organisations can plan for the anticipated risks and safeguardtheir investment and the health of their people, he said. PTISMAP AP