Risk managers rising to the challenge of employee benefits

Risk managers rising to the challenge of employee benefits

Risk managers rising to the challenge of employee benefits

Employee benefits have become an increasingly hot topic for corporate risk and insurance managers in recent times. This is because companies involved in the European and international economy are fast waking up to the fact that real and lasting success can only be achieved by attracting and retaining the best talent. To do this, they need to offer the best…

Novel coronavirus outbreak: implications for international trade and shipping

Novel coronavirus outbreak: implications for international trade and shipping

Novel coronavirus outbreak: implications for international trade and shipping

The recent outbreak of a novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China has received worldwide attention and is increasingly putting a strain on businesses. On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The outbreak of any virulent disease presents the trading and shipping industries with various challenges, as was the case with…

Aviation risk managers need to consider coronavirus impact on sector

Aviation risk managers need to consider coronavirus impact on sector

Aviation risk managers need to consider coronavirus impact on sector

In 1996, a 32-year-old woman died of a drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis after flying with a US carrier from Chicago to Hawaii. The Centre for Disease Control traced all 249 passengers and found that six of them, some as far as 13 rows behind the woman, had caught the pathogenic bacterium that causes tuberculosis. As a result of this incident,…

In search of nirvana: How to identify, measure and manage supply chain risk

In search of nirvana: How to identify, measure and manage supply chain risk

In search of nirvana: How to identify, measure and manage supply chain risk

Supply chain risk has shot up the corporate agenda in recent years as the dual trends of globalisation and relentless pressure on cost control have posed a serious threat to the ability of apparently sophisticated, and well-managed, multinational corporations to deliver their basic product and service, on time and to the quality required. Recent events such as the Thai floods…

Willaert urges risk managers to embrace professionalisation

Willaert urges risk managers to embrace professionalisation

Willaert urges risk managers to embrace professionalisation

Outgoing Ferma president Jo Willaert believes the risk management community needs to rapidly professionalise and shed its association with insurance if it is to become the board’s go-to adviser on risk. In the four years since Mr Willaert became president of Ferma, digitalisation and advances in technology have helped change the risk landscape at an accelerated pace. This has had…

Interdependency of risks a key concern for insurers across Europe

Interdependency of risks a key concern for insurers across Europe

Interdependency of risks a key concern for insurers across Europe

Michael Rüsch, recently appointed country manager for HDI Global in Switzerland, spoke to Commercial Risk Europe about the challenges facing risk managers in today’s rapidly changing environment. As the weather across Europe turns autumnal, it is hard to remember back to a summer of record heat. But for insurers and risk managers alike, the hot summer (yet again) was a…

Challenging economic times represent opportunity for Europe’s risk managers

Challenging economic times represent opportunity for Europe’s risk managers

Challenging economic times represent opportunity for Europe’s risk managers

The European risk and insurance management community will gather in Berlin for the Ferma Forum in November, as forecasts of a global recession continue to rise – largely driven by rising debt levels, escalating trade conflicts, and uncertainty. Combined with the rather more direct challenge of a hardening commercial and corporate insurance market in many classes, and an increasingly challenging…

Risk managers taking on new skills to deliver multidisciplinary role

Risk managers taking on new skills to deliver multidisciplinary role

Risk managers taking on new skills to deliver multidisciplinary role

Italians taking part in our Risk Frontiers Europe survey strongly believe they should maintain control of buying insurance for their organisation, and noted that their role goes far beyond buying cover at the best price. They agreed that a broad understanding of risk is vital to making the right choices for any insurance programme and is something that procurement, for…

Sustainability and resilience rise to prominence in Italy

Sustainability and resilience rise to prominence in Italy

Sustainability and resilience rise to prominence in Italy

As a country that suffers drought, flood and earthquake, Italians are well used to the challenges posed by natural catastrophes. So, it comes as no surprise that a group of risk managers meeting in Milan for our Risk Frontiers Europe survey said they have had resilience on their agenda for many years. Several major Italian corporations are listed on the…

Claims, global programmes and hard market top agenda as San Millán returns as Igrea president

Claims, global programmes and hard market top agenda as San Millán returns as Igrea president

Claims, global programmes and hard market top agenda as San Millán returns as Igrea president

When Daniel San Millán took over as president of Spanish risk management association Igrea for a second time in May, he was probably entitled to a sense of déjà vu. The association still needs to tackle some of the same challenges that risk managers have been dealing with since its creation back in 2009. Issues such as claims handling and…