The risk landscape in which re/insurers operate is changing faster today than ever before. New economic, technological, socio-political, regulatory and environmental developments all have the power to change risks or create new ones. Moreover, growing interdependencies between these developments can lead to accumulations of risk and create significant knock-on effects. The general business environment is undergoing significant changes, as well: liability and regulatory regimes continue to evolve, stakeholder expectations are strengthening and people’s risk perceptions are shifting.
This complex landscape gives rise to “emerging risks”: newly developing or changing risks that are difficult to quantify and whose potential impact on our business is not yet sufficiently taken into account.
Detecting and investigating such risks early on forms an important element of our comprehensive approach to risk management. Our aim is to reduce uncertainty and prevent unforeseen losses, while identifying new business opportunities and raising awareness within the Group and across the industry. Therefore, we try to understand how risks are changing, assess their impact and seek to recognise potential links between them.
We define emerging risks as newly developing or changing risks that are difficult to quantify and whose potential impact on our business is not yet sufficiently taken into account.
For more information see Identifying emerging risks