Association has become a supporting institution of UNEP-FI’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance

The Geneva Association has elected four new members to its board: Lard Friese, CEO, Aegon; Xi LUO, Chairman, People’s Insurance Company of China; Hiroshi Shimizu, President and CEO, Nippon Life; Peter Zaffino, Chairman & CEO, AIG.

They were welcomed during the Association’s 49th General Assembly, which brought together 57 global insurance CEOs over 2–3 June in Venice, Italy.

Titled Building Bridges to a More Sustainable Future, the event explored how global challenges, from climate change to economic volatility, are impacting the insurance industry and how insurers can best support society in navigating these crises.

Recent shocks like the COVID-19 pandemic and war in Ukraine have catalysed institutions to hone their ESG agendas for maximum impact.

General Assembly discussions highlighted that for insurers, this means:

  • Increasing resilience to climate change by combining mitigation efforts and adaptation measures, incentivising risk reduction and providing disaster relief through insurance coverage
  • Promoting not only environmental but also social sustainability across underwriting, investments and operations
  • Tackling protection gaps so that a greater number of people, especially in the most vulnerable contexts, can access insurance coverage
  • Promoting individuals’ physical, mental and financial wellbeing through innovative products and services

Christian Mumenthaler, chairman of The Geneva Association and CEO of Swiss Re, said: “Discussions at our General Assembly revealed that geopolitical tensions, economic volatility, social inequality and climate change are key concerns for us all. I am pleased that The Geneva Association has become a supporting institution of UNEP-FI’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance, reinforcing that sustainability – the E, the S, and the G – is a central issue for the industry.

”I also warmly welcome Lard Friese, Xi LUO, Hiroshi Shimizu and Peter Zaffino to the Geneva Association Board of Directors.

“As representatives of Europe, China, Japan and the United States, their views will be instrumental to ensuring our agenda captures the priorities of insurers around the globe.”

Jad Ariss, managing director of The Geneva Association, commented: “The challenges before us, as an industry and as a society, require coordinated thinking and action.

”Our annual meeting was a powerful platform for 57 of our member CEOs around the world to align, particularly on their social and environmental ambitions. Sustainability is clearly the dominant priority for insurance companies and their customers today. We are proud to become a supporting institution to the UNEP-FI PSI.”