James Wallace Group Lead – ESG Insurance Integration Allianz

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James is the lead for the integration of ESG issues for insurance at Allianz SE. In 2013, he was the lead developer of the Allianz ESG Guidelines and their subsequent implementation into the risk framework of the Group. He chairs the cross-functional ESG Working Group and is the lead for the final escalation of sensitive business transactions to the Group headquarters. James also oversees the Allianz Sustainable Solutions product portfolio with added environmental and social benefits. He also leads the Allianz response to responsible investment rankings such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index which Allianz has led the sector for the last three years.

James has acted as a board member on behalf of the Principles for Sustainable Insurance since 2015. He co-authored the forthcoming PSI Guide (Managing ESG risks in non-life insurance) and co-led the Taskforce of (re)insurers and insurance associations in developing the strategy, consultation process and final outputs. He is part of the PSI TCFD Working Group, board focal point for biodiversity issues and is active in various ESG related PSI programs (Illegal Fishing, Human Rights, Protected Sites, etc).

Prior to joining Allianz, he was Head of Corporate Responsibility for RSA Insurance Group for six years with a background in consulting and the banking industry. He acts as part of the adjunct faculty at the EU Business school teaching sustainability and holds a MSc in Environmental Technology.