Carbon nanotubes and disease risks

Carbon nanotubes and disease risks

Carbon nanotubes and disease risks

Understanding the potential for new risks, and particularly those that may ultimately lead to disease claims, is increasingly important for those sectors manufacturing or using nanotech. With its increased use in a variety of products, questions about the health risks will continue to be raised. As early as 2008, pathogenic similarities between some carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and asbestos fibres were…

Open your mind to a brave new world of risk

Open your mind to a brave new world of risk

Open your mind to a brave new world of risk

Commercial Risk Europe editorial director Adrian Ladbury helped host HDI Global’s bi-annual customer conference towards the end of last year in Frankfurt, which was organised under the banner of ‘yourmind’. The event focused on the core themes of risk management, international programmes, cyber risk and the brave new world of digitalisation. The underlying theme running through the whole event was…

Auto sector faces up to supply chain risk

Auto sector faces up to supply chain risk

Auto sector faces up to supply chain risk

The automotive industry was the most disrupted sector in 2017, as the number of disruption events leapt by 30% from just over 1,300 in 2016 to nearly 1,700, according to recent analysis carried out by JLT and Resilinc, the supply chain analytics and resiliency company. The core problem is that the global automotive sector is dependent upon a highly complex…

CNIL imposes financial penalty of €50m against Google LLC: What can we learn?

CNIL imposes financial penalty of €50m against Google LLC: What can we learn?

CNIL imposes financial penalty of €50m against Google LLC: What can we learn?

On Monday 21 January 2019, French regulator the National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) imposed a fine of €50m against Google LLC, in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This sets a higher bar for compliance, which ought to be observed by others and provides some guidance as to what can be expected from future enforcement actions. The fine…

Automatic enrolment – a pensions success, backed by increasing enforcement

Automatic enrolment – a pensions success, backed by increasing enforcement

Automatic enrolment – a pensions success, backed by increasing enforcement

In the UK, automatic enrolment into pension schemes started in October 2012. Phased in for five years, all employers must ensure that their workers/employees – aged between 22 and state pension age and earning more than £10,000 a year – are now enrolled into a suitable pension scheme. Even though it has been declared a success, as with all legal…

Gatwick meltdown: drones in a no-go zone

Gatwick meltdown: drones in a no-go zone

Gatwick meltdown: drones in a no-go zone

The serious and extended closure of Gatwick Airport in the run-up to Christmas, because of the suspected deliberate use of a drone infringing the airport airspace, has brought to a head the warnings of many in the industry. This issue was further highlighted just this week as a reported drone at Heathrow caused the UK’s busiest airport to suspend departures…

The rise of technology within the insurance industry

The rise of technology within the insurance industry

The rise of technology within the insurance industry

Melissa Boyars, claims operations manager UK at Generali GC&C, reflects on the latest practices to improve processes at insurers, the challenges and opportunities they offer, and the manner in which her company is adopting these changes. The technological revolution It is no secret that the insurance sector has been lagging behind banking and other financial services industries in its adoption…

Relentless extension of risk frontiers continues as 2019 beckons

Relentless extension of risk frontiers continues as 2019 beckons

Relentless extension of risk frontiers continues as 2019 beckons

This year’s European Risk Frontiers Survey, sponsored again by HDI Global, is published with this issue of Commercial Risk Europe and once more produces some fascinating insights into the ongoing development of the European risk and insurance management profession. I would pick out the following high-level conclusions based on our discussions with close to 100 of Europe’s leading risk managers…

Risk managers taking centre stage with employee benefits

Risk managers taking centre stage with employee benefits

Risk managers taking centre stage with employee benefits

The world of employee benefits is becoming both increasingly important and complex in the global economy, and risk managers find themselves more and more involved. To investigate these potentially significant opportunities and challenges, Commercial Risk Europe teamed up with MAXIS GBN, the global employee benefits network backed by two of the world’s largest insurance providers – MetLife and AXA, to…

The insurer’s view–HDI Spain

The insurer’s view–HDI Spain

The insurer’s view–HDI Spain

Juan Aznar Gáldiz, managing director of HDI Global, Spain, shared his thoughts on this year’s European Risk Frontiers Survey with Adrian Ladbury. Adrian Ladbury (AL): Will the corporate insurance market in Spain harden this year? Is there adequate capacity for customers’ risks? In which areas do you see demand for more capacity? Juan Aznar Gáldiz [JG]: Spain is a very…

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