About the Duty of Care awards & summit

In 2016 we created the Duty of Care Awards to recognise global organisations in their outstanding achievements in protecting the health, safety and security of their workforce. Over the past five years, the event has taken place over four different continents, recognising over 30 organisations.


In 2017 in Berlin, we created the Duty of Care Summit, a one day conference bringing together subject matter experts and leaders for discussion, debate, practical case studies and invaluable networking on protecting mobile workers and mitigating risks. Since then we have welcomed over 850 attendees from countries all over the world to share best practice and network.


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. 


After COVID-19, mental health issues are anticipated to be biggest employee productivity disruptor in 2022. Natural disasters, including extreme weather events, is the third most likely disruptor predicted in 2022. Which correlates to concerns about climate change and its impact on business. Followed by the perennial concerns about transport, security threats & civil unrest – all exacerbated by COVID-19.*


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.


*Risk Outlook 2022



Launched in October 2011, the International SOS Foundation has the goal of educating organisations on health and security issues impacting their global workforce. Our altruistic goal of protecting and saving lives is carried out through conducting research and thought leadership initiatives on Duty of Care, sustainability and resilience to raise organisational standards in Duty of Care.


The Foundation is a registered charity and was started with a grant from International SOS. It is a fully independent, not-for-profit organisation.


Our mission is to:

  • Study the potential health, safety and security risks that impact a global workforce. 
  • Provide information to governments, employers, workers and contractors on the aforementioned risks. 
  • Encourage employers to develop and strengthen their corporate social responsibility in areas in proximity to their worksite.
  • Encourage the development of an international instrument to address the prevention and mitigation of the aforementioned risks as well as guidance on what should be done when an accident, illness or security situation occurs.
  • Provide a means of wide-spread dissemination of information on the aforementioned risks using communications including: leaflets, web-based publications, scientific articles, books, films, meetings and seminars.
  • Conduct other activities in furtherance of the goal as determined by the board of the Foundation.


We will accomplish our aims through research, analysis and study to better understand the risks and improve wellbeing.


For more information, please contact us at info@internationalsosfoundation.org