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 judges 1 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 10 th 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.”