At SCOR we use a range of techniques to assess the overall environmental, social and governance (ESG) quality of our business activities.
To guide our various business units in sustainable underwriting, we have developed guidelines that encompass, for example:
- Excluding insurance and facultative reinsurance in respect of the construction of all new coal-fired power plants, irrespective of the technologies, the construction, and quality of the coal
- Excluding insurance and facultative reinsurance in respect of new thermal coal or lignite mines
- Incorporation of ESG performance criteria in the underwriting of Mining and Power Generation classes of business
- excluding the tobacco industry on both the asset and the liabilities side
- aligning with the UNESCO, Principles for Sustainable Insurance and World Wildlife Fund initiative to protect World Heritage Sites
The guidelines also address the management of activities presenting ethical issues in the areas of health (e.g. opioids, animal testing), the environment (e.g. palm oil, dam construction) and human rights (e.g. forced labor).
As illustrated by the orientations set out in our "Quantum Leap" strategic plan, exclusion is not the only way in which SCOR takes action on social and environmental issues:
In the field of P&C reinsurance, we capitalize on our expertise in analysis, modeling and risk transfer to support climate change mitigation, adaptation and the energy transition.
We have strengthened the Group’s renewable energy underwriting capabilities, identifying strategic markets for development. And we are working in partnership with governments and global development institutions worldwide – such as the United Nations Development Program, the World Food Program and the the World Bank – to promote climate change adaptation. For example, parametric insurance schemes developed in partnership with development finance institutions provide financial protection for post-event reconstruction.
SCOR has also developed strong expertise in underwriting Environmental Impairment Liability (EIL) insurance through our Lloyd’s syndicate. SCOR Channel’s proprietary rating tool, made up of 16 environmental indicators, helps underwriters assess companies seeking EIL coverage. By offering reduced premiums to companies with good ratings, this incentivizes better risk management. It also provides capital to help restore the environment when it has been damaged by an insured’s activities.
In Life reinsurance, biometric risks and realities - such as mortality, longevity, disability and long-term care - are at the heart of underwriting. One of the objectives of the “Quantum Leap” strategic plan is to develop digital solutions for an easier and faster purchasing experience, with better value for the consumer. In doing so, we aim to reduce the protection gap.
SCOR is leveraging multiple partnerships with academics, research institutions and innovative companies to provide inclusive insurance, promote healthier lifestyles, and make the insurance buying process easier and faster. This translates into tailored-made solutions for SCOR Global Life’s clients, including, for example:
- mortality cover for cancer survivors
- a digital offering for people with type-II diabetes
- a pricing tool for women who have recovered from breast cancer
- insurance for congenital diseases such as Down’s syndrome
- optimized patient pathways in chronic diseases.
Creating Value From Risks
To support our value creation objectives while addressing sustainability concerns, we also invest in selected loans, in particular in certified infrastructure projects. Wind farms, reforestation, solar panels and green infrastructure for sustainable transportation are just a few examples.