Demographics and social change from an insurance perspective
The Emerging Risk initiative of the CRO Forum has published a paper on demographic change and implications on societies and on the (re)insurance sector.
This position paper of the Emerging Risk Initiative (ERI) of the CRO Forum seeks to provide an understanding of what insurers can do to work with these changes. The paper considers the risks and opportunities of the main social and demographic trends, their implications on the insurance sector, the required business and operational changes and enablers.
Life and Health sectors are most impacted by demographic developments and need to rethink Life and healthcare propositions, as well as the savings and pension offerings for different generations, and the funding of long-term care. Property & Casualty (P&C) insurers will need to rethink the new mobility model for both younger and older generations, together with the workspaces and work models adopted in an increasingly digitalised environment. Operational challenges will range from adapting product design and distribution models, to embracing new ways of working.
In thinking through how the impact of future demographic developments may unfold, insurance companies need to prepare themselves for a wide range of scenarios to ensure a high degree of resilience in the face of much uncertainty. The insurance industry has an essential role in making society more risk resilient, by increasing awareness of future trends and risks amongst policy makers and the general public, whilst providing mitigation through risk coverage solutions. This paper further reiterates the importance of the social dimension present in future risks and how the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) perspective is critical for mitigating such risks and the impact they may have.
Thank you to Rebecca Cheetham, Charlise Cloete and Irene Merk, who contribute to the CRO Forum Emerging Risk Initiative working group on behalf of SCOR.
About the CRO Forum
The CRO Forum focuses on developing and promoting industry best practices in risk management. Comprised of Chief Risk Officers from multinational (re)insurance companies, it aims to represent the members' views on key risk management topics, including emerging risks. It regularly publishes practice and position papers on timely risk management subjects.
Frieder Knüpling, Group Chief Risk Officer of SCOR, currently serves as Chair of the CRO Forum.