PSI & Swiss Re virtual event series: sustainability leadership in insurance




Sustainability Leadership in Insurance

An international and virtual event series convened by

UN Environment Programme’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative and Swiss Re

4 May, 3 June, 8 July, 31 August 2020


About the event

This high-level series of events is co-organised by UN Environment Programme’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative (PSI) and Swiss Re, a founding PSI signatory company. The four events of the series are scheduled on the 4th of May, 3 rd of June, 8th of July, and 31st of August 2020.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—a shared vision to end poverty, rescue the planet and build a prosperous and peaceful world—are gaining global momentum. While progress is being made in many places, action to meet the SDGs is not yet advancing at the speed or scale required. 2020 ushers in the UN’s Decade of Action to deliver the SDGs by 2030, and we need to accelerate solutions to major sustainability challenges—ranging from climate change and ecosystem degradation, to poverty, inequality and closing the protection gap. 

In this context, the PSI and Swiss Re are co-hosting this international series of virtual events to advance sustainability leadership in insurance. While the insurance industry plays a key role in promoting sustainability as risk managers, insurers and investors, this event will be dedicated to insurance and all its dimensions. 

This event seeks to catalyse an ambitious, collaborative and actionable global agenda on insurance and sustainable development. This global sustainability agenda includes the latest pandemic situation and the subsequent changing sustainability landscape, managing sustainability risks in insurance transactions, harnessing insurance products and solutions for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and decarbonising insurance and reinsurance portfolios.



Event 1 – Pandemic situation and sustainability, 4 May 2020, 11:00-13:00 CEST 

Event 2 – Sustainability risk in underwriting, 3 June 2020, 11:00-13:00 CEST 

Event 3 – Harnessing insurance for the SDGs, 8 July 2020, 13:00-15:00 CEST 

Event 4 – Aligning insurance portfolios with the Paris Agreement, 31 August 2020, 13:00-15:00 CEST 

Please visit the event page for more information.




Inger Andersen’s Message to the Insurance Industry during the Covid Pandemic

PSI/Swiss Re event 1, May 2020
Opening dialogue: Sustainability risks in insurance
PSI/Swiss Re event 2, June 2020
Implementing sustainability risk frameworks in insurance underwriting: Challenges, opportunities and next key actions
PSI/Swiss Re event 2-breakout 1, June 2020

Underwriting biodiversity and ecosystem risks: Safeguarding natural World Heritage Sites and other protected areas

PSI/Swiss Re event 2-breakout 2, June 2020

Sustainability leadership in insurance: Harnessing insurance for the SDGs

PSI/Swiss Re event 3, July 2020

Aligning insurance portfolios with the Paris Agreement

PSI/Swiss Re event 4, August 2020

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