The recent protests in Hong Kong are making headlines worldwide and also prompting challenging circumstances for global employers. Within the last three months, mass demonstrations and an increased level of protests have led to arrests, road closures, blockades at the airport and train stations, and concerns about safe travel. This in turn has triggered delays and suspensions of business trips. Many multinationals have a presence in the region, with over 850,000 US expats located in Hong Kong, in addition to the many local hires as well.
Companies are often faced with emergency situations such as these around the world, including disease outbreaks, acts of terrorism, natural disasters and political unrest. A common question that global employers need to assess is whether the situation warrants evacuation of key personnel or expatriate staff. It is critical that global employers proactively consider how they may respond in the midst of an urgent event. Having an updated, and well-practiced, emergency preparedness strategy and business continuity plan can help mitigate these disruptions and save companies time and money in the process. Working with your risk management team to understand how the needs of employees are addressed in the emergency preparedness plan is important. Be ready with a plan in advance so that when the time comes you know what to implement.
Questions to consider include:
Related Business Group Resources
There are many moving parts for employers to consider when addressing emergencies that impact their workforces. These Business Group emergency response materials can help you plan for and execute a strategic response: