The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali got underway today. The two-week long conference brings together representatives from more than 180 countries and observers from intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations as well as the media. A key goal of the conference is to work towards a deal to replace the Kyoto Protocol which expires in 2012. Ahead of the Bali meeting, insurers AIG, Allianz, AXA, and Swiss Re were among 150 companies to have signed the Bali Communique on Climate Change, a call to world leaders for a comprehensive, legally binding United Nations framework to tackle climate change. This initiative has been led by the Prince of WalesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change and the University of Cambridge.Ã‚
The first annual dinner of the New York division of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation will take place at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City next Wednesday December 5. The event will feature special guest New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and will honor Brian Dupperault, former chairman and CEO of ACE Ltd. Martin Sullivan, president and CEO of AIG will chair the dinner. The event is expected to raise a total of $1.5 million for three tri-state area charities. Some of you will already be aware that the insurance industry ranks among the top 15 contributors when it comes to charitable donations. According to a survey by the Conference Board, charitable contributions to U.S. and international causes by 211 of the largest U.S. companies and U.S. corporate foundations amounted to $9.87 billion in 2005. The insurance industryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s donations to U.S. beneficiaries totaled $181.3 million, placing it eleventh out of 19 industry groups.
In response to the recent wildfires in California, the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) has established an industry-wide campaign to provide needed support to the American Red Cross Southern California Wildfires Fund. The IICF is kicking off the campaign with a $25,000 contribution and is asking everyone from the insurance industry to make a contribution. Contributions can be made online at the IICF Web site or via mail. All proceeds will be presented to the American Red Cross to be used solely for the California firestorm relief effort. Check out further I.I.I. facts and stats on the insurance industry’s charitable contributions.
As aviation aficionados know, the last quarter of the year traditionally is when many of the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s major airlines renew their insurance programs. Broker Aon has just published its Airline Insurance Market Pre-Renewal Season Review 2007 which offers a good barometer of the market and where it is headed. According to Aon, average hull and liability premium prices have fallen by 15 percent in 2007 so far, yet at the same time exposures continue to grow as new larger aircraft come off production lines ready to fly ever increasing numbers of passengers. From the safety standpoint, so far 2007 also stands out in terms of the high number of fatalities, hull losses and liabilities. Aon notes that compared to the same time last year: there have been nearly 80 percent more fatalities; the value of hull losses ($420.7 million) is 18 percent higher; and the value of liability losses ($406.7 million) has doubled. AonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s airline risk management survey also throws out some interesting results. While attitude to risk and risk priorities remain broadly unchanged, future risk requirements reflect a growing focus among airlines on corporate social responsibility. Environmental pollution has become the highest future risk requirement, jumping from sixth place in the 2005/06 survey. This change knocked computer crime insurance into second place, while business interruption climbed to become the third highest additional risk that organizations will be looking to insure against in the next three years. Check out further I.I.I. facts & stats on aviation.Ã‚
A little known fact is that the insurance industry ranks among the top 15 contributors when it comes to charitable donations. Indeed, the charitable contributions to U.S. and international causes by 211 of the largest U.S. companies and U.S. corporate foundations amounted to $9.78 billion in 2005, according to a survey by the Conference Board. The survey included 209 firms which gave over $7.78 billion to U.S. causes in 2005. The insurance industryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s donations to U.S. beneficiaries totaled $181.3 million, placing it eleventh out of 19 industry groups. This brings us to the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation. The FoundationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s New York division will hold its next Board of Directors meeting on Thursday, May 17 at 10:00am at AIG, 70 Pine Street. The IICF-New York division has also been busy planning its first annual dinner to be held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on December 5, 2007. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has agreed to be honoree and the dinner will be chaired by Martin Sullivan, chairman and CEO of AIG. Visit the IICF site for more information.Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚