Blogs

Mardi, 22 September 2020

This guest blog from Elly Ploumen, Group HR Director at Achmea is based on an interview published in the magazine Visie – this time with a focus on HR – from Dutch insurance organisation VNAB.  In the blog, Elly explains how Achmea let go of the organisation’s familiar assessment and reward structure and how talent, performance and development became central to how the organisation now retains talent and increases people’s ability to learn and enjoy their work. We would like to thank Elly and VNAB for their permission to share this blog with ICMIF members here.

Since 2019, Achmea has been using a new way of performance...

Jeudi, 03 September 2020

In the article below, written for a Danish financial news website POV – POINT of VIEW International, Anne Mette Toftegaard, CEO of ICMIF member LB Forsikring (Denmark), discusses diversity at her organisation and suggests that instead of seeing diversity as a hindrance, it should be seen as a huge opportunity. At LB Forsikring over half (58%) of the managers are women. We would like to thank Anne Mette for her permission to reproduce her article for ICMIF members to read here.

You do not create diversity from the bottom up. It starts with a management decision - or perhaps rather with a management team putting forward the case for...

Mercredi, 19 August 2020

We are pleased to share this latest guest blog from ICMIF Supporting Member organisation Swiss Re with comments from Dr. Jeffrey Bohn, Managing Director, and Chief Research & Innovation Officer at the Swiss Re Institute. The original article accompanied the publication of the latest sigma report Machine Intelligence in insurance: insights for end-to-end enterprise. The article is shared here with the kind permission of Swiss Re and the Swiss Re Institute. A Japanese version of the article is available on the ICMIF Asia and Oceania Association's website here.

A critical lack of quality data and data engineering is preventing...

lundi, 03 August 2020

We are pleased to share this latest guest blog from Max Tiong Oon Choon, Head of Innovation at ICMIF member organisation NTUC Income (Income) in Singapore. The article was originally written by Max and shared on his LinkedIn page and it is reproduced here for the benefit of ICMIF members as a great example of the development process of a truly innovative product by a thriving social enterprise. The article is shared here with the kind permission of Income.

"If we want to live in a world where everyone and anyone can have some form of insurance coverage regardless of their financial capability, what would we need to create? Since we...

Mardi, 14 July 2020

What is going to be the “new normal” post covid-19 for society and business? Many commentators such as McKinsey are saying there needs to be a shift from economies being driven by shareholder value to being driven by a much wider stakeholder value. The term “triple bottom line” (profit, people and planet) is coming back after nearly ten years, when it was in popular use after the financial crisis of 2008. 

It has also been widely noted that organisations that already have a stakeholder view of the world, which are purpose-driven and have a sustainability business plan, have fared better as businesses whilst playing a crucial...

Jeudi, 02 July 2020

The partnership between the Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) and ICMIF is one founded on shared values and shared purpose and we hope to encourage more of our member organisations to become involved in the work of the A4S as it expands on a global basis. The role for the finance community in achieving a sustainable world is critical and mutuals and cooperatives are ideal candidates to become actively involved in this work. Therefore, we are delighted to share this guest blog by Jessica Fries, Executive Chair, A4S with you now.

While the battle against COVID-19 is far from over, as governments around the...

lundi, 22 juin 2020

Our latest guest blog was written by Mami Mizutori, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction and the head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and Dr Heide Hackmann, CEO of the International Science Council. The blog was originally published on Thomson Reuters Foundation News and is published here with the permission of the UNDRR. Watch a video message from Mami Mizutori to ICMIF member organisations and their leaders at the end of the blog.

The health crisis stress-tests our ability to cooperate, learn and adapt in the face of deep uncertainties and rising risks

The new...

Mardi, 09 juin 2020

By Jan Kellett, Special Advisor: External Engagement (Finance Sector Hub), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Shaun Tarbuck, Chief Executive, ICMIF. This blog accompanies a joint webinar from the UNDP and ICMIF “Pandemics, protection and emerging markets: Mutuals and cooperatives as a vehicle for building long-term development” on Wednesday 10 June at 9am BST. For more information and to register please click here.

 

The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is the defining global health crisis of our time and is likely the greatest challenge we have faced since World War Two. Since its emergence in Asia late last...

Mercredi, 27 Mai 2020

We are pleased to share this guest blog from ICMIF Supporting Member organisation Aviva Investors. The article was written for the Aviva investors website and is reproduced here for the benefit of ICMIF members with their permission.

COVID-19 has thrown new light on the interdependencies in human and natural ecosystems, and the vulnerabilities of a closely networked world. Aviva Investors’ responsible investment specialists ask whether this will prove a turning point for environmental, social and governance issues.

The outbreak of a global pandemic raises many profound questions. It is impossible to look at the global health...

lundi, 11 Mai 2020

You will by now, I hope, have seen some of the 60 plus news stories on our website of how ICMIF members have responded so superbly to the COVID-19 crisis to support their customers, their communities and, in some cases even, their countries. The stories are all both individually and collectively inspirational. According to our research, the global mutual/cooperative insurance sector has responded with over USD 8 billion of financial assistance including motor insurance rebates, financial assistance, health advice, healthcare donations, investments in social impact bonds, community support packages and general donations to support...

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