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The ILS team regularly explores topics with thought pieces relevant to the NGO and Research sectors.

Travel Risk Management: Getting ready for ISO31030

" Robust programmes that meet international standards require allocation of resources and investment of time and finances. ISO31030 therefore recognises that, for organisations to engage with travel risk management, they must be aware of the benefits to them and their stakeholders, and sets these out clearly. While organisational advantages- from financial, to legal, to reputational - are undoubtedly important, the key benefit of good travel risk management processes is the safety of your staff. After all, travel risk management programmes are designed to protect the traveller. "


Stress and staff welfare: The psychological risks aid workers can’t afford to ignore

" Chronic stress, all too common in our sector, damages our minds as well as our bodies. It literally shuts down cognitive capacity, affecting our ability to assess risk and make decisions. This is how brains work, nothing to do with whether or not we are intrinsically good at our job. Psychological well-being is a crucial yet under-discussed issue affecting a huge proportion of aid workers. But it’s also an important and under-recognised risk for organisations."


Online Training: Finding the Right Approach

" The onset of Covid-19 has triggered a much-needed push to delve deeper into the design and development of remote learning systems across a range of industries. For many, this is a big change, and one that had not been fully considered previously. As with home working, some reference to remote learning might have been found in an organisation’s contingency procedures, but not always with a fully developed plan. At ILS, we work in partnership with individuals and organisations to enhance their resilience, and we have taken our mission, ‘to empower those who are building a better world; placing humanity at the heart of our solutions,’ into the digital realm."


Return to Travel: Duty of care in a Covid-19 world

"Over the last five years, the not-for-profit sector has progressed in its understanding of what a Duty of Care means for the legal and moral responsibilities of employers. 2015 saw the Denis vs NRC case in Oslo and a resultant wakeup call for NGOs, stimulating heightened good-practice awareness. Unfortunately, 2020 has raised new challenges that are threatening to compromise this sense of Duty of Care due to a lack of preparedness and adaptability in organisational risk management. In recent months, clients have asked us how they can feasibly meet their duty of care, when medical risk is now inherent in boarding an aircraft, or in working with communities for whom anti-virus measures are almost impossible. This is a good question, and it’s great that the challenges posed by coronavirus are being carefully considered. "