Prince Charles and global insurance industry launch climate change initiative


Lloyd's press release 

HRH The Prince of Wales launches new partnership with the global insurance industry to drive action to tackle climate change

On the 24 June 2021 HRH The Prince of Wales launched his Sustainable Markets Initiative (SMI) Insurance Task Force during a visit to Lloyd’s, the world’s leading insurance and reinsurance marketplace.

The SMI Insurance Task Force, convened by HRH and chaired by Lloyd’s, is comprised of executives from many of the world’s largest insurance and reinsurance companies*, providing an influential platform for the sector to collectively advance the world’s progress towards a resilient, net-zero economy.

With a unique view of the climate crisis, through its many decades of providing support to communities, businesses and economies in the face of increasingly severe and frequent weather events, the global insurance industry has a critical role to play. Alongside mitigating and managing the impact of these disasters, the industry continues to provide financial support across multiple industries to build greater climate resilience, supporting the increased scale and speed of the transition.

The SMI Insurance Task Force has today published its Statement of Intent, committing to provide climate positive financing and risk management solutions to support and encourage individuals and businesses around the world to accelerate their transition to a sustainable future.

During the visit by HRH, the Lloyd’s Lutine Bell rung out twice to mark the new and significant global insurance industry commitment to drive climate positive action at pace, through a number of key initiatives. For commercial and individual customers, these actions include adapting and expanding coverage for offshore wind projects in response to rapid growth and new technologies, alongside the implementation of “build back better” claims clauses in home insurance policies to encourage customers to rebuild sustainably.

The SMI Insurance Task Force will also work with governments to establish a public-private disaster resilience, response and recovery framework, which will help protect developing nations from the evolving economic and societal impacts of climate change.

To support the rapid growth of green projects and innovation, the SMI Insurance Task Force will develop a framework to help unlock the more than $30 trillion in assets under management, increasingly directing capital towards investments that drive climate-positive outcomes in both developed and developing nations.

His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales said: “The insurance industry is exceptionally well placed to understand the impact of climate change and the damage it can cause to us all if we don’t take action now. This is why I am so pleased that a large number of the world’s leading insurance companies have joined together to identify how the insurance industry can help put Nature, People and the Planet at the heart of our entire economy.”

Lloyd’s Chairman Bruce Carnegie-Brown added: “As the world begins to recover from a pandemic that has caused significant and far-reaching financial and societal challenges, it does so with an opportunity to build back with sustainability as a foundation and guiding principle. Although climate change poses unprecedented systemic risk, it is one which – through partnership and accelerated action – we have the means to address. As a task force, we are making a resolute commitment to be a catalyst for action to help create a more sustainable future through the risks we manage and the capital we invest.”

* SMI Insurance Task Force Membership

  • AIG: Peter Zaffino, President and CEO
  • Allianz: Oliver Bäte, CEO
  • Amwins: Scott Purviance, CEO
  • Aon: Greg Case, CEO
  • Ascot: Andrew Brooks, CEO
  • AXA: Sean McGovern, CEO AXA XL
  • Beazley: Adrian Cox, CEO
  • Conduit Re: Neil Eckert, Executive Chairman
  • Direct Line Group: Penny James, CEO
  • Hiscox: Bronek Masojada, CEO
  • Howden Group: David Howden, CEO
  • Legal & General: Nigel Wilson, CEO
  • Lloyd’s: John Neal, CEO
  • Marsh McLennan: Dan Glaser, President and CEO
  • Munich Re: Joachim Wenning, CEO
  • Phoenix: Andy Briggs, Group CEO
  • Tokio Marine Kiln: Brad Irick, CEO