Insurance Industry Can Propel Green Transition

Published: Tue 27 Oct 2009 10:10 AM
Insurance Industry Can Propel Transition To ‘Green’ Economy, UN-Backed Survey Finds
New York, Oct 22 2009 11:10AM Top executives from global insurance companies believe their industry can play a crucial role in speeding up the transition to a ‘green’ economy, according to a new survey backed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The industry can also support sustainable development, and to ensure its long-term growth, it must integrate environmental, social and governance factors into insurance underwriting guidelines, the report found.
It was launched today in Cape Town, South Africa, at a gathering of the UN Environment Programme’s Financial Initiative (UNEP FI), a partnership between the agency and more than 180 financial institutions around the world.
“The insurance industry has long been in the vanguard of understanding and managing risk, and has served as an important early-warning system for society by amplifying risk signals,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.
It has helped to protect society, shape markets and bolsters economic development through its actions in loss prevention and mitigation, he said.
“And the message is loud and clear: insurers are communicating strong risk signals stemming from a wide range of environmental, social and governance issues, from climate change, biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation and water scarcity, to poverty, emerging man-made health risks, ageing populations, child labour and corruption,” the official added.
The 100-page survey, entitled “The Global State of Sustainable Insurance – understanding and integrating environmental, social and governance factors in insurance,” was also welcomed by United Kingdom’s Prince Charles, who wrote the foreword to the new report.

Next in World

Decades Of Health Gains At Risk In Brazil Due To COVID-19
By: UN News
Myanmar Approaching Point Of Economic Collapse: UN Report
By: UN News
India’s Second Wave Shows The Global Fight Against COVID-19 Is Far From Won
By: World Vision
Learning From COVID-19, UN Forum To Highlight Critical Role Of Science, Technology And Innovation In Global Challenges
By: UN Department of Global Communications
What COVID-19 Has Taught Us: “Healthcare Can No Longer Exist Without Technology”
By: UN Africa Renewal
Motherhood On The Brink In Yemen
By: UN News
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILE © Scoop Media