About Duty of Care



Duty of Care refers to the moral and legal obligations that employers have to their workforce to maintain their wellbeing, security and safety at home and abroad. 


With globalisation, more and more people are travelling and working across borders. Recent studies point to a 25% increase in international assignees over the past decade and a 50% expected growth in mobile workers by 2020*. Wherever their workers are located, organisations must address concerns like injury, illness, traffic accidents, opportunistic crime and natural disasters. A preventive approach is best to assess health and security risks, reduce incidents and provide an adequate assistance response to their staff.


Organisations have legal obligations to act prudently to avoid the risks of injury or exposures leading to ill health. This obligation may apply to acts and omissions.


Many employers have built a broad culture at their organisations to address the health, safety, security and wellbeing of employees and other related collaborators to the business. 


*Price Waterhouse Coopers, Talent Mobility 2020 and Beyond, 2012.




Learn about the Duty of Care obligations for people travelling away from home. This one-page summary includes:

  • Who do you need to protect?
  • Where?
  • Why are you responsible?
  • Key practices you need to put in place to fulfil your Duty of Care.