ICMIF Sustainability Summit 2023: Agenda

The ICMIF Sustainability Summit will bring together members from around the world to discuss and share best practices around the key themes of sustainable investments, resilience and underwriting. It will look forward to the challenges faced by the industry and solutions to create better businesses and well as new opportunities. The Summit will take the form of presentations, panels and discussion groups to enhance each member’s understanding of the challenges and opportunities and how to embed these in a strategic approach.

This agenda will be updated as more speakers are confirmed. Please check back for new information from time to time in the lead-up to the Summit.


Wednesday, 1 November
Understanding the problem – how to measure actions and lead. How to take a strategic approach to tackling climate change and how to measure success.


State of the planet

  • Fireside chat with Jessica Fries, Executive Chair of The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability (A4S)
    Steve Waygood, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Aviva Investors (UK) with Shaun Tarbuck, CEO, ICMIF (UK)

Building a sustainability strategy across the business

Chair: Shaun Tarbuck,
  • Best practice – Erin Keating, Director, Sustainability and Climate Resilience, Wawanesa (Canada)
  • Best practice – Barry O’Dwyer, Group CEO, Royal London (UK)
  • Aviva Investor’s approach to a net zero strategy, presentation by Mirza Baig, Global Head of ESG Investments, Aviva Investors (UK)
  • Q&A and discussions (30 mins)
  • 11.40 -12.00 Coffee break

    Investment session 1 – greening your investment portfolio

    13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

    Investment session 2 – impact and sustainable investing

    Chair: David Crosoer, CIO, PPS Insurance (South Africa)
    • Sean Kidney, CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative (UK)
    • Chad Park, Vice President, Sustainability & Citizenship, Co-operators (Canada)
    • Andrea Carzana, Portfolio Manager - Climate Transition Global Equity, Aviva Investors (UK)
    • Per Stahl, CIO of Jäderberg & Cie. Impact Investing Group
    15.15 – 15.30 Coffee break
    15.30 – 16.45

    Creating a resilience strategy - session 1 – embedding the direct mechanisms

    Chair: Tom Ewart, AVP Sustainability, Co-operators (Canada)
    • Introduction to the UNDRR/ICMIF seven mechanisms and resiliency benchmark – direct mechanisms, Liam Carter, Senior Vice-President – Sustainability, ICMIF (UK)
    • Member panel session to discuss examples
    16.45 – 18.00

    Unstructured networking session

    19.30 – 22.00

    Drinks reception and dinner

    • Keynote speaker: Butch Bacani Programme Leader, UN Environment Programme’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative (Switzerland)

    Thursday, 2 November

    08.30-09.00 Coffee/breakfast
    09.00 – 09.15

    Building a resilient world

    09.15 – 10.30

    Creating a resilience strategy – session 2 – embedding the indirect mechanisms

    Chair: Saoirse Jones, Head of IDF Engagement, Zurich Insurance (Switzerland) and Co-Chair, Insurance Development Forum (IDF) DRR Task Force (Switzerland)
    • Introduction to the indirect mechanisms, Liam Carter,
    • Member panel session to discuss examples including:
      Malvern Chirume, Chief Underwriting Officer, African Risk Capacity Ltd (South Africa)
    • Nicola Ranger, Director Resilience Finance Lab, Oxford, GRII
    10.30-11.00 Coffee break

    Quantifying sustainable business through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) framework

    Chair: Tom Ewart, AVP Sustainability, Co-operators (Canada)
    • Introduction to the ICMIF-calibrated Insurance SDG Calculator, the world’s first tool to measure sustainable underwriting via the SDG framework, Alicia Montoya, Head of Research Commercialisation, Swiss Re Institute (Switzerland)
    • Member cases studies
    12.30-13.30 Lunch

    Embedding the 17 SDGs into your underwriting strategy

    Chair: Alicia Montoya, Head of Research Commercialisation, Swiss Re Institute (Switzerland)
    • ICMIF member panel shares examples of how they embedded the SDGs into their strategies.
    14.45-15.00 Coffee break

    The future of sustainability reporting

    • Clare Dugan, Senior Manager of Standards (financial services sectors), Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
    • Mathieu Filippo, Senior Manager Prudential Supervision, Achmea (Netherlands)
    16.45– 17.15

    Keynote speech: How do we save the planet? Call to action

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