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Wednesday, 01 July 2020

La sostenibilidad y los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS) de las Naciones Unidas (ONU) son el foco de atención de un nuevo Grupo de Trabajo de la ICMIF/Américas que fue lanzado el 16 de junio de 2020. Los miembros del Grupo de Trabajo están actualmente integrados por 18 ejecutivos de 14 empresas miembros de la ICMIF con sede en países que van desde América Central hasta la Argentina. 

Definida por las Naciones Unidas ya en 1997, la sostenibilidad significa "satisfacer las necesidades del presente sin comprometer la capacidad de las generaciones futuras para satisfacer sus propias necesidades" y la Agenda de las...

Wednesday, 01 July 2020

Sustainability and the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the focus of a new ICMIF/Americas Working Group which was launched on 16 June 2020. The Working Group’s members currently consists of 18 executives from 14 ICMIF member companies, based in countries ranging from Central America to Argentina. 

Defined by the United Nations as early as 1997, sustainability means “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted in 2015, sets out to strengthen the world’s ability to address...

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

In support of Canada's cooperative sector, ICMIF member The Co-operators has announced a CAD 200,000 COVID-19 Cooperative Assistance Fund to provide provincial cooperative associations with access to financial support (to a maximum of CAD 20,000 each). The fund will enable cooperative associations to support their members and small cooperatives in the wake of the pandemic.

The Co-operators believes that Canadian cooperatives enrich communities with collaborative solutions that build collective resilience - from food production, to retail services, to affordable housing, financial services and more. As many of these cooperatives...

Thursday, 25 June 2020

ICMIF member NFU Mutual (UK) has launched a free three-month cyber helpline service for its small business and small farm customers. The benefit will be available to existing customers, as well as to new policy holders. *

The free support follows warnings from the National Crime Agency that the UK could see organised groups taking advantage of Coronavirus uncertainty for exploitation schemes. Action Fraud reported that Coronavirus-related fraud cases increased by 400% in March, with the majority of incidents taking place online. **

Delivered by one of ICMIF’s Supporting Members CyberScout, a global industry leader in cyber...

Thursday, 25 June 2020

Argentinian ICMIF member the San Cristóbal Group has recently launched the ‘Elbow to Elbow’ (or ‘Codo a Codo’ in Spanish) programme which forms part of the Group’s response to the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and the effects of the ensuring lockdown on the organisation’s value chain. The programme consists of a number of initiatives from the difference business units within the Group and are aimed at customers and policyholders; commercial channels; and the Group’s network of key suppliers and the community.

The main objectives of the programme are to try to cushion the effects of the crisis on the value chain; to protect...

Thursday, 25 June 2020

As the millennial and Gen Z generations continues to enter the workforce in vast numbers, it is crucial for mutual and cooperative insurers to position their unique business model as a factor in them being seen as “employers of choice” and to remain relevant for future generations. A new report from the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF) finds that cooperative/mutual insurers which are sustainable, socially responsible and high-performing businesses are endowed with the characteristics that attract and retain millennial talent.

In order to be truly sustainable companies, cooperative/mutual insurers...

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

In April, Belgian ICMIF member the P&V Group joined the public service initiative Impactdays, a platform dedicated to helping people and also offering a place where those people who wish to volunteer their help during the coronavirus crisis and offer their services. P&V now has its own page on this platform on which people can find information on a number of initiatives designed to help citizens as well as a way to ask for help or offer their services in their particular municipality of Belgium.

With the P&V Foundation, however, the cooperative insurer is going even further by proposing a number of initiatives, which...

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Three Canadian ICMIF members have each been named as one of Canada's Greenest Employers for 2020, they are The Co-operators, Farm Mutual Re and Desjardins Group.

Now in its 13th year, Canada's Greenest Employers is an editorial competition organised by the Canada's Top 100 Employers project (managed by Mediacorp Canada Inc). This special designation recognises the employers that lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness in their organisations. These employers have developed exceptional sustainability initiatives – and are attracting people to their organisations because of their environmental leadership....

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

In 2016, South African ICMIF member Professional Provident Society (PPS) established the PPS Foundation, primarily to improve access for young people to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields and contribute measurably to the sustainable development of South African communities, through PPS’s ethos of mutuality and shared success.

The PPS Foundation demonstrated the power of nurturing the potential of the next wave of economically empowered young professionals in its 2019 annual report, its second since inception in 2016. In particular, this addressed the South African National Development Plan (NDP) 2030...

Friday, 19 June 2020

Canadian ICMIF member the Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company (Wawanesa) this week announced its Caring Together initiative, which features CAD 1.8 million in new financial support for communities in need arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and the fight to end systemic racism.

These funds are in addition to the CAD 3.5 million Wawanesa previously committed in donations to hundreds of community organisations in Canada and the United States this year. This includes the CAD 100,000 donation to food banks in Canada and the United States as reported on by ICMIF in April.

“As a mutual insurer, Wawanesa is guided by values that...