Our risk landscape encompasses:
We make a fundamental distinction between risks that result from business operations of past years (reserve risk) and those stemming from activities in the current or future years.
Emerging risks play a particularly important role for us because the content of such risks cannot as yet be reliably assessed with respect to the treaty portfolio. It is therefore vital to detect these risks at an early stage and then determine their relevance. Emerging risks include those associated with urbanisation as well as risks posed by increasing obesity in industrialised nations, the use of nanotechnology and the rise in digitisation / cybercrime.
The internal working group on emerging risks and the natural perils risk management team also regularly examine and review the latest scientific insights into climate change. For us, as a reinsurer, climate change brings both risks and opportunities: on the one hand, we can anticipate increased demand for reinsurance services, while on the other hand the potentially elevated catastrophe risk may result in a greater financial burden for our company. Strategies for dealing with the risks inherent in such perils are of the utmost importance to our company as a reinsurer. It is for this reason that our department specialising in the coverage of agricultural risks and the "Innovation Management" team work on products that can alleviate the financial impacts of climate change.