Editorial Team

The International SOS Foundation has unveiled the 2021 Duty of Care Awards winners.  Now in its fifth year, the awards celebrate and share best practice in the commitment of organisations to protecting their people, at home and away.

The awards received outstanding entries from organisations across 29 countries and 24 industries, showcasing their exceptional achievements and Duty of Care commitments in protecting their global workforce. Winners were selected by a panel of sector-leading expert judges1 from a host of internationally recognised organisations, including the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and International Code of Conduct Association (ICoCA).

This year, the 2021 Duty of Care Awards featured two new special categories.  ‘COVID-19 Agility and Response’ and ‘COVID-19 Ambassador’ formally recognise the most inspiring initiatives and contribution taken by an organisation and a single individual in the face of the global pandemic.

Arnaud Vaissié, Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of International SOS, comments, “We are at a critical point in the evolution of Duty of Care. This has seen rapid acceleration in the past year. Since the International SOS Foundation last hosted this event, in 2019, we have all lived through extraordinary times. No-one had foreseen the impact that COVID-19 has had on the global community, the economy and business operations. It has shaken many organisations to the core, and we will continue to see rapid and varying change.”

“I am proud to say that the Foundation is celebrating its 10th anniversary as ambassadors for Duty of Care this year. We are very grateful to all those, who have supported the Foundation over the years and will continuously drive its impact of the future of Duty of Care.”

We will continue to celebrate organisations and individuals who have shown great commitment to Duty of Care. I am always impressed at the calibre of all the entries. This years’ have even excelled my expectations.”

Genpact from India bagged the honours in the Duty of Care awards, Inclusion and Diversity category. The company’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programme takes their purpose of ‘the relentless pursuit of a world that works better for everyone’ forward, with the belief that they are ‘Better Together’. One of the judges commented, ‘It was evident that Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is an integral and core value within Genpact. The statistics collected demonstrate a strong uptake and a long-term commitment. We love the fact that the CEO chairs the Diversity Council. It’s very impressive and an inspirational programme.’ Genpact from India is recognized as one of the top 10 best companies for women in India in 2020.

In other award categories, Ms Sangitha Shetty, General Manager, Global Travel & Mobility Services at Tata Communications received an honourable mention in the ‘COVID-19 Ambassadors’ category.

John Denton, Secretary General of ICC and Head of Judges, “Thank you to the International SOS Foundation for giving me the opportunity to be this year’s head of judges and for my ten other respected and diligent judges for providing their expertise and reviewing this year’s awards entries. Although this year has presented exceptional challenges for organisations and individuals alike, it is still extraordinary to have received so many high-quality entries. The submissions have been exemplary in demonstrating resilience amidst the COVID-19 world.”

Joe Vasquez, Senior Vice President, Global Accident and Health for CHUBB, gold sponsor of the Awards, said, “We are excited to be sponsoring the COVID-19 Agility & Response and Innovation categories in the Duty of Care Awards. Celebrating the resilience, versatility, and innovation of organisations in this most challenging of years. The Awards are a great opportunity to shine a light on all the outstanding efforts these organisations have made, to share their stories and recognise their successes. At Chubb, good corporate citizenship lies at our core — how we practice our craft of insurance, how we work together to serve our customers, how we treat each other, and how we work to help make a better world for our communities and our planet.”

The winners, by category, are:

2021 Duty of Care Awards Winners
Winner Sector Location Award Category
Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. Consumer Discretionary United States COVID-19 Agility & Response
TechnipFMC Oil & Gas Malaysia Communications
Emma Lindsay, ChampionX Technology/Energy United Kingdom COVID-19 Ambassador
Genpact Professional services India Inclusion and Diversity
Bank of Papua New Guinea Banking Papua New Guinea Innovation
Iluka Resources Mining Australia Remote Resilience
Sioen Industries Consumer Discretionary Belgium Sustainability

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