Glyphosate: a new toxic tort timebomb?

Glyphosate: a new toxic tort timebomb?

Glyphosate: a new toxic tort timebomb?

The global spotlight on glyphosate continues, following a third successive US court case finding that the world’s most popular pesticide is carcinogenic. Despite unresolved uncertainties in the scientific evidence, the case resulted in the highest damages award to date, highlighting the burgeoning risk in this developing litigation. Indeed, this may be the beginning of a new toxic tort that has…

BIBA’s new head of general insurance on state of market, terrorism and Brexit

BIBA’s new head of general insurance on state of market, terrorism and Brexit

BIBA’s new head of general insurance on state of market, terrorism and Brexit

Last month, the British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) appointed Alastair Blundell, formerly head of distribution at Tokio Marine Kiln, to the newly created position of head of general insurance. We caught up with him at BIBA’s annual conference to discuss his priorities and some of the other big issues in the marketplace. What will be the big areas of focus…

Time for strong leadership as insurance sector transforms

Time for strong leadership as insurance sector transforms

Time for strong leadership as insurance sector transforms

Amanda Blanc was recently appointed CEO for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at Zurich Insurance Group. She is also chair of the Association of British Insurers (ABI). Commercial Risk Europe Editor Adrian Ladbury interviewed Ms Blanc about her career, as well as the many challenges and opportunities facing the insurance sector and its customers. Adrian Ladbury [AL]: How and…

Risk management challenges and new technologies

Risk management challenges and new technologies

Risk management challenges and new technologies

Risk managers are facing many risk management challenges, not least in the international programme space where there are increasing regulatory pressures and complex networks to deal with. But ultimately, the biggest challenge is the sheer amount of information available and the complexity of the risk management requirements, from multiple jurisdictions, each with their own unique compliance and regulatory challenges, to…

Rising to the global challenge

Rising to the global challenge

Rising to the global challenge

Zurich is one of the world’s leading providers of international programmes and has invested heavily in this critical and high-value area for a number of years. The group now underwrites more than 7,700 programmes and incurred $2.852bn in claims last year. Commercial Risk Europe’s Adrian Ladbury asked a group of Zurich’s senior international programmes experts about emerging market trends ahead of our annual Global Programmes: Consistency and Certainty event, to be held in London on 12 June.

Understanding choke points

Understanding choke points

Understanding choke points

Kristof De Bremme, global head of marine, AIG and Dr Robin Niblett, director, Chatham House explain how the growth of intra-regional trade is introducing new exposures and choke points as a result of increased volumes and changing geopolitics. Global trade has never been static but is now witnessing more change than ever, driven by a multitude of factors from the…

Tackling supply chain risks by leveraging AI and risk engineering expertise and tools

Tackling supply chain risks by leveraging AI and risk engineering expertise and tools

Tackling supply chain risks by leveraging AI and risk engineering expertise and tools

Supply chains have become much more complex and this not only means greater vulnerability, but also makes it much harder to manage the risk. But with the help of new IT capabilities, together with risk engineering expertise, organisations can be better prepared for supply chain disruptions, mitigate or prevent the effects, or even gain a competitive advantage.

Confronting the ethical risks of new technology

Confronting the ethical risks of new technology

Confronting the ethical risks of new technology

The relationship between business and business ethics has always been a contentious one. Notable economists have suggested that ethics are at best a secondary consideration: the overriding purpose of business is to maximise profitability and shareholder returns, constrained only by adherence to the letter of the law. But most modern businesses accept (as does the investor community) that that proposition…

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