Business Resilience Trends survey results published by International SOS

Published: Wednesday, 25 November 2020 09:44

The risk level to the global workforce has reached its highest since 2016 according to the findings of International SOS’s Business Resilience Trends survey of over 1,400 risk professionals across 99 countries. This was carried out by Ipsos MORI and the results have been published in the report ‘Risk Outlook 2021’ which also includes insights from the Workforce Resilience Council and extensive International SOS proprietary data.

Key findings from the survey include:

Mick Sharp, Group Director Security Services at International SOS, said, “The findings have uncovered a disconnect and a potentially business threatening level of COVID-19 myopia. Security issues have been exacerbated by the pandemic, particularly in relation to civil unrest and political protest. This has been driven by both COVID-related opportunism and existing divisions. Similarly, crime levels have increased in some locations, noting we are only at the beginning of the socio-economic and psychological fallout of the COVID-19 crisis. It is understandable that, to varying degrees, the general population and business are more focussed on the demands and application of COVID-related precautions. However, perennial security and safety issues have not abated, graphically illustrated by the recent terror attacks in Vienna among others. Similarly, responding to high impact threats such as Natural disasters has gained another layer of complexity due to COVID-19 medical considerations and fluid travel restrictions.”

Top five Risk Outlook 2021 predictions:

The report lists the following as the top five changes we will see to the risk landscape during 2021:

The results from the report have been incorporated into International SOS’s latest risk map, which can be accessed below: