The globalisation of D&O liability

The globalisation of D&O liability

The globalisation of D&O liability

At a global level, there has been a worsening claims environment for directors’ and officers’ (D&O) liability ever since the financial crisis, and the current situation reflects a significantly more challenging regulatory and legal environment than in the past. Regulators and policymakers around the world have focused their attention more and more on directors and officers in their efforts to…

A whole new way of learning

A whole new way of learning

A whole new way of learning

The insurance industry is undergoing a fundamental transformation and there is a big focus on technology and how to address changing customer needs. And while this is of course important, the vital role of people should not be forgotten. The insurance industry is still, and always has been, a people industry and relies on attracting and retaining the best talent…

Buyers split over where cyber cover should sit

Buyers split over where cyber cover should sit

Buyers split over where cyber cover should sit

Insurance buyers are divided over whether cyber property damage should be covered by standalone cyber policies or property insurance, just as insurers ramp up efforts to tackle silent cyber risks, according to a new survey of mainly US insureds by Advisen and Zurich. The split fell in favour of cyber standalone policies at 49%, against 41% for coverage under property…

Scenario planning for climate risks

Scenario planning for climate risks

Scenario planning for climate risks

People are becoming more aware of the increasing frequency and intensity of climate events, and corporations are slowly responding to this increased awareness among customers. However, it may not have reached the point where such risks start to significantly influence how organisations do business. Hence, the question is: when will action on climate change reach a tipping point, ie when…

Leveraging AI to improve the customer experience

Leveraging AI to improve the customer experience

Leveraging AI to improve the customer experience

Technology is continually improving the customer experience in the insurance industry. One area that has been a problem, not just for the insurance industry but for the broader financial sector, is unstructured data, and in particular, text documents and emails with attachments. Automation has struggled with unstructured data, but now artificial intelligence (AI) is being used in pilot projects in…

Learning risk management lessons from pharma recalls

Learning risk management lessons from pharma recalls

Learning risk management lessons from pharma recalls

The pharmaceutical industry is a very highly regulated industry, where quality control is extremely important and high profile. But as a recent series of recalls has shown, even in this industry, quality control can fail and after impurities are discovered, contaminated products can hit the market with expensive and damaging consequences. Last year, we at Zurich started to see massive…

Zurich takes new underwriting stance against energy companies to tackle climate change

Zurich takes new underwriting stance against energy companies to tackle climate change

Zurich takes new underwriting stance against energy companies to tackle climate change

Zurich Insurance Group is accelerating its policy to further reduce the use of carbon fossil fuels, which will see the insurer underwrite fewer risks that contribute to climate change. Zurich said its new commitments plan to reduce carbon emissions within its own business, at those of its clients and the companies in which it invests. The move is in line…

Leveraging new technology to efficiently manage a global partner network

Leveraging new technology to efficiently manage a global partner network

Leveraging new technology to efficiently manage a global partner network

Globalisation has reduced the distances and barriers between countries, allowing corporations to perform business in multiple markets, which has driven the need for international insurance. Insurance companies should have capabilities around the globe to be able to offer a comprehensive insurance solution for global customers and to deal with the complexities of different regulations and market practices. Global insurers such…

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…

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.

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