Keeping our employees safe during the coronavirus pandemic

Under existing labor laws, employers must take every reasonable precaution to protect the health and safety of workers. This includes protecting workers from hazards posed by infectious diseases.

Due to the constant changes in regional and national lockdowns, and the changing nature of the coronavirus epidemic, the International Trade Council has made the decision to adopt a work-from-home model until further notice.

Our distributed and multi-lingual workforce have enabled us to adapt to this new way of doing business with surprising ease. Employees who have been unable to work from home due to lack of facilities or space have been provided temporary residential leased solutions wherever possible.

Due to the nature of some member engagements, it may not be possible to work from home at all times. For employees facing this challenge, we offer flexible working spaces on an ad-hoc basis. These spaces are sterilized with UV lighting together with ozone generators provided by the Council (generally, these units provide ppm or mg / L. 1ppm = 0.00214mg / L.). All high-touch tools and surfaces are cleaned twice daily.

Face-to-face meetings will be conducted via Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Skype. For larger meetings we utilize Airmeet or Runtheworld. 

Employees returning from overseas assignments must self-quarantine for a period of no less than 21 days. During this quarantine period no visitors shall be allowed to enter or leave the premises of quarantine.

In-person employee social activities are not considered work-related events and are not allowed under employee current rules.

From an IT and data-protection standpoint, nothing has changed. All data is processed in a centralized CRM system stored on Amazon (AWS).