Lost in Translation: Why Cultural Competency is an EHS Essential for Global Expansion

Lost in Translation: Why Cultural Competency is an EHS Essential for Global Expansion

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 9:15am


While the business world is ripe with opportunities for companies to expand into new countries and markets, one crucial element that is often overlooked—and even discounted—is culture.

As Robert Salomon, professor of International Management and Faculty Scholar at NYU’s Stern School of Business, said in a recent interview: “Culture is the least well understood of all of globalization’s challenges because culture is difficult to define and measure.”

From language barriers to religious traditions to culture of time to women in leadership roles, there are numerous cultural variances that exist from country to country and even region to region. Navigating and understanding those differences is key to a company’s success as they integrate their corporate culture into the new host country.

On the Antea Group blog, we explore five ways cultural competency plays a critical role in the development of a company’s EHS programs during a global expansion.

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