Risk Assessment

How likely is it that your company’s operations in Ecuador or Bolivia could be the target of a presidential decree that would see the national government expropriate your assets without compensation and hand them over to a workers’ co-operative?

Is that report from a local NGO true that the local indigenous communities near to your mining concessions in Peru or Chile are angry about potential environmental damage resulting from your project and are planning violent protests against your installations and local personnel?

To what degree are those engineers and geologists you’ve despatched to Colombia or Mexico to survey some oil exploration blocks at risk of being kidnapped by an outlawed organisation linked to drugs traffickers or by an insurgent group?

Political upheaval, social protest, criminality, and threats to personal security are recurring or endemic phenomena in many regions of Latin America, both in urban centres and in rural areas.

Seemingly benign or even investor-friendly operating environments can turn suddenly hostile—when you least expect, and for reasons you didn’t foresee.

Political upheaval, social protest, criminality, and threats to physical insecurity are recurring or endemic phenomena in many regions of Latin America, both in urban centres and in rural areas. (Photo © Alamy)

Understand a range of operating risks

Multinationals who envision setting up operations long-term in Latin America need to understand and hedge against the risks that can surface due to a range of factors, such as political volatility, unfulfilled social expectations, and demands on finite natural resources.

In contrast, security managers at companies planning to deploy executives on only short-term visits into the region should be aware that staff may be exposed to a very different set of hazards and threats to personal security than those they are accustomed to back home.

We have tailored scores of incisive risk assessments by leveraging our unique network of intelligence assets, sources and experts, all of whom are equipped with an unparalleled understanding of key business sectors, customs and geographic regions—and in some cases endowed with indigenous languages.