Category Archives: Risk Culture

Do design professionals have a fiduciary relationship with their clients?

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The question of whether a design professional is a fiduciary to their clients has been tested over the years. A recent movement has raised this question again that, if successful, would have broad legal implications for licensed design professionals. It’s … Continue reading →

Two key steps to help your organization mitigate the impact of a chemical attack

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We’re living in an era of unprecedented terrorist plots and attacks, where hazardous materials, including chemical agents, are now being used outside of warzones to harm civilians. The recent attacks in Dourma, Syria, and in Salisbury, U.K., serve as a … Continue reading →

What could the Prudential Regulation Authority’s proposal on managing climate change risk mean for insurers?

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The launch of a consultation paper on the approaches to managing financial risks arising from climate change will transform the way that organizations do business. But how should insurers react – and what are the risks? The Prudential Regulation Authority … Continue reading →

Doors-off helicopter tours: Four things every operator should think about

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Do it for the ‘gram. That’s the world’s mantra these days: living for the Instagram photo instead of the experience itself. But now that pictures are seemingly worth a thousand likes, how far will people go to capture that double-tap-worthy … Continue reading →

The truth about workers’ compensation mega claims: Four key takeaways from our recent large loss study

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One of the most significant concerns for workers’ compensation insurance underwriters is a potential surge in claim costs stemming from the increased use of advanced medical technology. As treatments become more complex, more effective and more expensive, there is concern … Continue reading →

How risk appetite frameworks can be more than ‘tick-box’ exercises

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When we talk to board members of insurance companies, we often hear that risk appetite frameworks are too far removed from the day-to-day reality of conducting business and their only purpose is to satisfy regulatory or rating-agency requirements. But if … Continue reading →

Are you ready for peak 2018 hurricane season?

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While current predictions indicate a relatively quiet hurricane season, particularly in comparison to last year, it only takes one major hurricane making landfall in a built-up area to create a significant loss, as we saw with Hurricane Andrew in 1992 … Continue reading →

Are new laws that will make directors of holding companies accountable for the sale of distressed subsidiaries a charter for zombies?

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I’ve written before about the extent to which English courts have been prepared to lift the corporate veil and hold a parent company responsible for the acts and defaults of another company in the same group. In the Chandler case, … Continue reading →

Midyear update: Most dangerous risks for insurers in 2018

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In January, we wrote about 2018’s most dangerous risks for insurers, highlighting what more than 200 insurance managers cited as the top 10 risks to watch for the year. Now that we’re midway through 2018, it’s time to take a … Continue reading →

Want to create a cyber-resilient organization? Start with your board of directors

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No company — regardless of size or stature — is immune from cyberattack. Given their pervasiveness, it’s no longer enough to have a thorough, carefully constructed plan to mitigate against cyber risk. The thinking “It won’t happen to me because … Continue reading →