18 May 2018 ,  —


Awards promote ‘Empowering Sustainability & Resilience’, honouring leadership, foresight and strategic innovation in protecting the global workforce

The winners of the 2018 Duty of Care Awards were announced at a gala event in Chicago on Thursday, 17 May. Hosted by the International SOS Foundation, the awards took place following the Duty of Care Summit. Under this year’s theme of ‘Empowering Sustainability and Resilience’ the awards honour organisations and individuals making a significant contribution to protecting their people while travelling or working remotely. Judges reviewed entries representing 59 industries1  across 42 countries2

2018 Duty of Care Award winners have been announced in the following categories: 
Innovation, Aviation, Education, Sustainability, Thought Leadership, Resilient Care, Communication, Remote Healthcare, Ambassador of Duty of Care (individual).

Employees are the core asset of any business and ensuring their safety and wellbeing should be a critical component of a company’s duty of care,” said Ed Clancy, Executive Vice President, Chubb Group, Global Accident & Health and Life. “Organisations are increasingly realizing the value of how Duty of Care helps with business continuity, as well as protecting against reputational damage and potential costly legal issues. We recognise the importance of rewarding best practices in this crucial and evolving area and congratulate all those who entered the Awards.”

Arnaud Vaissié, Co-Founder, CEO & Chairman of International SOS, represented the International SOS Foundation and commented, “Fulfilling Duty of Care responsibilities is fundamental to businesses—to their long-term success and sustainability. As employers measure the impact of protecting their staff and report externally on this, they are compelled to improve and build more resilient organisations. This allows organisations to better mitigate risks, avoid crises and maintain reputations.”

Kathy A. Seabrook, CSP (US), CFIOSH (UK), EUROSHM president, Global Solutions, Inc., chair, Board of Directors at the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability and chair of the judges commented, “As Duty of Care has evolved, there is a direct correlation to the increasing importance and emphasis businesses around the world   are placing on the safety and wellbeing of their workforce. This outcome is providing valuable insights into best practices around human social capital management. By recognising best in class organisations, globally, the Duty of Care awards are moving the agenda forward in this critical area. The 2018 Duty of Care awards attracted over 35% more entries than last year, demonstrating the increasing importance of people and Human Social Capital in Businesses’ corporate social responsibility strategies."

The judging panel for the Duty of Care Awards included internationally recognised leaders in fields related to Duty of Care.  For a full list of the judging panel, click here

For more information about the Duty of Care Summit and Awards, visit

The Summit and Awards are proud to have the supporting sponsorship of the following organisations in order to make this event possible: Chubb (Gold sponsor), HRG, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Atlas Knowledge, Remote Diagnostic Technologies, Workplace Options, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Everbridge, iRobot and Cigna.


2018 Duty of Care Awards Winners:



1Submissions were received from organisations in Automotive, Defence, Energy/Mining & Infrastructure, FMCG, Finance, Food, Technology, Hospitality, Manufacturing, Media, NGO, Pharmaceutical, Professional Services, Retail, Education, Sports & Leisure and Telecoms.
2Entries were received from organisations based in Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mexico, Myanmar, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, South Sudan, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States.


Notes to Editors

About International SOS Foundation

 Celebrating 10 years as ambassadors for Duty of Care, the International SOS Foundation drives and promotes best practice in protecting employee safety, security, health and wellbeing. Through a range of groundbreaking thought-leadership, CPD and IOSH accredited training and expert led events, the Foundation helps to share vital insight, understanding, and practical risk mitigation measures. All employees need to be protected, at home or away, and the COVID-19 pandemic has created an evolving and complex Duty of Care landscape for organisations to navigate.

The Foundation is a registered charity. Initially launched with a grant from International SOS in 2011, it is now an independent, non-profit organisation.

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