Emerging risks

Nanotechnology: keeping abreast of new developments and risks

19 Nov 2010

While nanotechnology continues to become an engine for economic growth through its use in innovative products, all parties need to find out more about the environmental, health and safety risks arising from nanomaterials during their life cycle.

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Helping ensure that living longer stays a financially secure experience

19 Nov 2010

Swiss Re is at the forefront of a call by the insurance industry for increased awareness of the funding challenges generated by increased life expectancy

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Oil Rig

Tackling the deficiencies in risk governance

29 Jun 2010

Could the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have been averted by addressing governance gaps early on? Could intelligence agencies have foreseen the 9/11 terror attacks? Could the spread of HIV/AIDS have been contained? Today it would be difficult to think of a world unaffected by these and other lesser known tragedies. The rigorous use of scenarios helps to ‘think the unthinkable’, to identify governance gaps and to contribute to a proactive risk management.

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Swiss Re ahead of the curve in charting emerging risk

14 Apr 2010

Swiss Re has built up an innovative methodology to charting emerging risks called SONAR (“systematic observation of notions associated with risk”). Thinking in scenarios plays a crucial role in this analytical approach. These scenarios can be understood as rigorously conducted thought experiments on possible future situations.

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WEF report takes an outside-in look at risk management in financial services sector

14 Apr 2010

“Rethinking Risk Management in Financial Services,” produced by a cross-disciplinary team including Swiss Re, says that practices in other domains such as aviation, fisheries and pharmaceuticals can also be valuable for the financial services industry. The report’s recommendations are aimed at financial services CEOs, regulators and government policymakers.

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Strategic Risk Initiatives

26 Mar 2010

Swiss Re actively contributes to several strategic initiatives related to emerging risks. Our goal is to raise awareness for selected emerging risks. This includes the further development of emerging risk identification channels, their prioritisation, assessment and management, as well as an active risk dialogue with internal and external stakeholders.

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The polluter pays

23 Mar 2010

Industrial operators need to grasp the insurance implications of Europe’s Environmental Liability Directive

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Identifying emerging risks

17 Mar 2010

Reinsurers today are operating in a risk landscape that is shifting ever more rapidly. Charting emerging risks and opportunities in a pre-emptive way is an important element of Swiss Re’s integrated approach to risk management.

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