From emerging risk to core business: Critical infrastructure

We first drew attention to "critical infrastructure" as an emerging risk by including a case study in our 2008 Corporate Responsibility Report.

Below is an excerpt from the original description (the full case study text can be downloaded on the right):

"The term critical infrastructure is used to denote various types of infrastructure whose damage or disruption would seriously undermine public health and safety, the environment and social well-being. In many parts of the world, critical infrastructure is aging, mainly due to insufficient maintenance, underinvestment in renewal and complex ownership structures. … Insurance could be a powerful tool in stimulating sufficient risk transfer solutions and investment in critical infrastructure."

"Critical infrastructure" has since become an important topic for our asset management, risk dialogue and underwriting. As long-term investors, re/insurers can make an important contribution to bridging the emerging infrastructure financing gap. For this, the right pre-conditions need to be set, though.

Recent activities and initiatives

Underwriting the US infrastructure gap

Contribution by our Group CEO to the 2017 World Economic Forum:
Resilient infrastructure, resilient economy

Responsible investments – Shaping the future of investing

Swiss Re publication:
Financial repression: The unintended consequences

Partner publication with the Institute of International Finance:
Infrastructure Investing. It Matters

Swiss Re collaborates with World Bank on infrastructure investment strategies

Special section in the 2013 Financial Report:
Insurance companies as long-term investors: opportunity for the real economy

Partner publication with the International Institute of Finance:
Strengthening the role of long-term investors


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