Every company is legally obliged to provide duty of care to their employees. This can take many forms.
At one extreme, some companies may have employees who need to work in hostile parts of the world where kidnapping or hostage taking is an ever present threat or where there is a very real threat to life.
Many companies need to be aware of Global issues and threats to their employees when it comes to travel arrangements and protecting them while they are away on business.
Most companies need to have plans in place to deal with the many issues and incidents that may arise which could cause a risk of injury, or worse, to employees from severe weather events, natural disasters, fires, civil disorder and so on.
All companies need to respond to any event that affects their employees however minor as it can escalate in seriousness or have later implications for your company if you have been shown to have responded poorly or ineffectively.
There is also an increasing regulatory factor to be considered. Companies and the executive management of a company is ultimately responsible for the duty of care of employees. If an employee should lose their life while at work, wherever that work may take them, the company and the most senior executive is deemed responsible. If it is proven that ineffective employee protection was responsible then a Corporate Manslaughter case can be brought against the company and the MD or CEO.