PHILADELPHIA, July 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Concerns about violence in Mexico have led a majority
International SOS, which provides international healthcare, medical assistance and security services, polled executives from more than 300 international firms conducting business in Mexico. More than half (51.7 percent) indicated that concerns about violence had led their firms to scale back operations in Mexico, including travelling there, in the last 12 months. One-third (33.6 percent) of respondents said their firms had already reduced their level of operations there. An additional 18 percent stated their firms were considering doing so.
Also, 36 percent of firms surveyed indicated that their organizations had experienced "criminal activity or attempted criminal activity" in Mexico in the last 12 months.
"The survey shows that organizations are increasingly concerned about violence and criminal activity in Mexico, but they also demonstrate that a nearly equal number of firms — 48.3 percent — have no plans to scale back their operations there. For many companies, the difference between being in one camp or the other is the ability to access security, medical and travel resources that support operations in challenging environments," said Alex Puig, regional security director, Americas, of a joint venture between International SOS and Control Risks.
"While many of these resources are sophisticated, or involve dedicated physical assets, common sense plays an important part, too," said Puig. For example, travelers should consider the following, he said.
About International SOS
International SOS (http://www.internationalsos.com) is the world's leading international healthcare, medical assistance, and security services company. Operating in over 70 countries, International SOS provides integrated medical, clinical, and security solutions to organizations with international operations. Services include planning and preventative programs, in-country expertise, and emergency response. A global team of 6,000 employees led by 900 full-time physicians and 200 security specialists provides health and security support to enable its members to operate wherever they work or travel. Members include 66 percent of the Fortune Global 500 companies.
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