International SOS Foundation Announces Winners of 2016 Duty of Care Awards

Honouring leadership, foresight and creativity in protecting the
globally mobile workforce

Alcoa, Dow Chemical Company, OCBC Bank, SAP SE and Thomson Reuters
receive top awards

HONG KONG–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The winners of the 2016 Duty of Care Awards were announced at a gala
event in Hong Kong on Thursday, 16 June. Hosted by The International SOS
Foundation, the awards honoured organisations which made a significant
contribution to protecting their people travelling or working remotely.

Judges reviewed more than 100 entries, representing more than 18
industries and from organisations in 29 countries.1
Organisations submitted nominations regarding their Duty of Care
programmes in the following categories: Innovation, Thought Leadership,
Resilient Care, Communication, and Partnership.2

Stephen Sui, JP, Undersecretary of Labour and Welfare, Hong Kong, SAR,
set the tone of the evening with the keynote speech.

Arnaud Vaissié, Co-Founder, CEO & Chairman of International SOS,
represented the International SOS Foundation* and commended all the
participants for their leadership, foresight, creativity and
implementation of their health, safety, security and well-being

Organisations receiving special acknowledgement at the 2016 Duty of
Care Awards:

Innovation Award Winner: Thomson Reuters was honoured, with
judges citing the development of their in-house Intelligence Dashboard
to support incident management and monitor trends in travel risk

United World College of SE Asia and CBM were highly commended.

Thought Leadership Award Winner: OCBC Bank was celebrated for
their unique approach to Operational Travel Risk Management to prevent
exposure to physical security and medical threats.

Chinese International School and CGIAR Consortium were highly commended.

Resilient Care Award Winner: The Dow Chemical Company was
recognised for its comprehensive wellness programme for Sadara, a
joint-venture with Saudi Aramco where 1,500 employees and dependents
representing 30 nationalities were relocated to Saudi Arabia.

Harris Corporation, Environmental Resources Management (ERM) and Samsung
Engineering Co. Ltd were highly commended.

Communication Award Winner: SAP SE was awarded the Communication
Award for its range of Travel Safety and Security awareness campaigns
that reached 75,000 employees in 180 countries.

Nippon Steel & Sumikin Eng. Company Ltd. and Sony Pictures Entertainment
were highly commended.

Partnership Award Winner: Alcoa, Inc. received the Partnership
Award for their quick response to safeguard their employees and their
families on Ebola prevention practices at its Guinea locations.

Highly commended in the Partnerships category were Johnson & Johnson,
Walgreens and English School Foundation (ESF).

Hong Kong Duty of Care Awards:

Mr Louis Pong, CEO of the Employers Federation Hong Kong, provided an
opening speech for the local awards.

The Hong Kong awards were presented by Mr Donald Tong, JP, Commissioner
for Labour, Hong Kong, SAR and Mr Rick Wong, Vice-Chairman, Employers’
Federation of Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong Highly Commended winners include: Bank of America Merrill
Lynch, CLP, English Schools Foundation, PCCW and Pizza Hut.

The judging panel included internationally recognised leaders in fields
related to Duty of Care.3

For more information about The Duty of Care Awards, visit


About International SOS Foundation

Established in 2011, the International SOS Foundation ― Ambassadors for
Duty of Care – has the goal of
improving the safety, security, health and welfare of people working
abroad or on remote assignments through the study, understanding and
mitigation of potential risks. The escalation of globalisation has
enabled more individuals to work across borders and in unfamiliar
environments; exposure to risks which can impact personal health,
security and safety increases along with travel.

The foundation is a registered charity and was started with a grant from
International SOS. It is a fully independent, non-profit organisation.

For more information on Duty of Care and the International SOS
Foundation, please visit

Notes to Editors

1 Judges reviewed more than 100 entries:

  • 18 Industries: Submissions were received
    from organisations in Agriculture, Automotive, Chemical, Corporate,
    Defence, Energy/Mining & Infrastructure, Finance, Financial, Food,
    High-tech, Hospitality, Media, NGO, Professional Services, Retail,
    Scholastic, Sports & Leisure and Telecoms.
  • 29 Countries: Entries were received from
    Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, France,
    Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Netherlands, New
    Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa,
    South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom,
    United States, and Vietnam.

2 Organisations on the shortlist for the 2016 Duty
of Care Awards are

3 The 2016 Duty of Care Awards judges are available
and include:

Hong Kong Awards Judges include:

  • Mr. Louis Pong, CEO of the Employers Federation Hong Kong
  • Mr Wong Kwai Huen, BBS, JP, President of the Inter-pacific-Bar
  • Dr Philippe Guibert, Medical Director, International SOS, Asia-Pacific


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