Strategic Risk Initiatives

Swiss Re actively contributes to three strategic initiatives related to emerging risks. Our goal is to raise awareness of selected emerging risks and to influence their prioritisation, communication and management on the part of the business community.

WEF - Global Risk Network (GRN)

The GRN was founded by the World Economic Forum to address concern that the global community was not responding adequately to a changing risk landscape. In 2010, the GRN published the fifth report on ‘Global Risks’. Since its inception, Swiss Re has been a major contributor to this report which covers global risk in the areas of economics, geo-politics, environment, society and technology.

Chief Risk Officer Emerging Risk Initiative (CRO ERI)

The CRO ERI was launched in 2005 as part of the CRO Forum to raise awareness of major emerging risks relevant to the insurance industry and society as a whole. The insurance industry plays a vital role in today’s economic system by absorbing financial and insurance risk. To exercise this function in the future, the industry needs to reduce uncertainty by identifying and communicating emerging risks to a broader community. Swiss Re chaired the initiative in 2005/2006 and continues to be an active member.

International Risk Governance Council (IRGC)

The IRGC is an independent organisation whose purpose is to foster the understanding and management of global risks that suffer from weak governance. By developing concepts of risk governance, anticipating major risks and providing policy recommendations, the IRGC offers an important platform for global debate, and provides access to a rich store of scientific knowledge. Swiss Re has been an active member of the IRGC since its founding.


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