There are nine categories for the 2017 Global Duty of Care Awards: 

  • Innovation – This category recognises new and novel approaches to identifying, managing and mitigating risk, including utilising advancements in technology. 

  • Resilient Care – This category recognises developing organisational robustness to protect the health, security and safety of people working in challenging, extreme or remote environments.  

  • Communications – This category recognises effective communications campaigns or programmes that mitigate travel, health or security risk to mobile workers. 

  • Partnership – This category recognises the power of collaboration and partnership to mitigate risks to mobile workers. For example, this relationship could be between a commercial organisation and an institution. 

  • Thought Leadership – This category recognises the best survey, research or analysis to better understand or mitigate risks linked to working abroad.  

  • Remote Healthcare – This category recognises healthcare initiatives that prevent or reduce accidents, illness and injuries and achieve good clinical outcomes in challenging or remote locations. 

  • Return on Investment for Travel Risk Mitigation – This category recognises cost-effective programmes that mitigate risk to people travelling or working abroad. Programmes should demonstrate a return on investment for travel risk mitigation. For example, this programme contributed to a decrease in insurance claims, or enabled a business to operate in a challenging location. 

  • Ambassador for Duty of Care – This category recognises an individual who has made a significant impact in protecting people travelling and working abroad. 

  • German Mittelstand: Duty of Care Programme – This category recognises German Mittelstand organisations as well as those with up to 5.000 employees who best demonstrate creating a culture of Duty of Care (Fürsorge) for their people travelling or working abroad. It shows how Mittelstand businesses promote and implement a Duty of Care agenda, pragmatically despite limited resources. Entries should describe holistic programmes and include how risk assessment (Gefährdungsbeurteilung) leads to risk mitigation. 


There are four core assessment criteria common to each award. Judges will assess each award for completeness, depth and how clearly they meet the criteria below. 

  • Performance Improvement – What results were achieved?  
  • Leadership and Management Commitment – What role did leaders and managers play in the project? 
  • Stakeholder Engagement – How were internal (and external where applicable) stakeholders involved and engaged in this project? 
  • Longevity – How will this project continue to deliver value / benefits to the health and safety of workers? 
All entries for a Duty of Care Award must demonstrate measurable results and improvements that can be objectively observed and assessed.