Demystifying tobacco risks — Why and how insurers and investors are going tobacco-free



UNEP-PSI & Tobacco-Free Portfolios global webinar

Demystifying tobacco risks:

Why and how insurers and investors are going tobacco-free

22 October, 2020



About the webinar 

This year, tobacco has so far killed six times more people than COVID-19—and is on track to kill one billion people this century.

Furthermore, cigarette butts are the largest single type of litter by count, and have become the number one form of plastic pollution in the ocean, surpassing plastic straws.

As the world moves to protect global health, the climate and nature, a growing number of insurers, investors and banks are going tobacco-free. Many have signed the Tobacco-Free Finance Pledge as part of their sustainability commitment, and in support of the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)—the first global public health treaty—and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

At this global webinar by UN Environment Programme’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative (PSI) and Tobacco-Free Portfolios, hear from insurance industry leaders on why and how their companies have transitioned to tobacco-free insurance and investment portfolios, as well as insights from experts.



  • Denis Duverne, Chairman of the Board of Directors, AXA Group
  • Lars-Göran Orrevall, Chief Investment Officer, Skandia
  • Dr Rüdiger Krech & Dr Vinayak Prasad, World Health Organization
  • Butch Bacani, PSI Programme Leader, UNEP
  • Dr Bronwyn King, CEO, Tobacco-Free Portfolios



On 22 October, two webinars will be held to cater to different time zones:

  • 1st webinar: 9:00-10:00 am Central European Summer Time
  • 2nd webinar: 3:00-4:00 pm Central European Summer Time


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