Monday, 17 September 2012
Let the people speak!
We kicked off our annual Risk Frontiers survey in Portugal and hosted a fascinating discussion that focused on the big macro issues that Europe’s risk managers are currently grappling with.
Adrian Ladbury, Editor of Commercial Risk Europe
This year’s survey will once again ask leading risk managers in 10 European countries what they believe to be the biggest risks that face their companies, how they are managing them and what they would want from the insurance sector to help them more effectively manage these risks.
Risk Frontiers is not a mass-based survey carried out by impersonal email questionnaires sent to hundreds of individuals.
Rather we have decided to focus on what we believe we do best: meet risk managers face to face and use our independent position to host lively debates that enable us to dig a little deeper.
This means that the Risk Frontiers project will involve no more than 100 individual risk managers.
Please click on the roundtables below to access the discussions from around Europe.
But the individuals who take part are, on the whole, leaders of the national associations and as such represent their members’ interests and views.
The combination of the associations’ representation and in-depth face to face discussion thus enables us to find out what are the key challenges and opportunities facing Europe’s risk managers currently and, crucially, what kind of solutions they seek, not least from their brokers and insurers.
This year we will carry out 10 national roundtable discussions and supplement these with individual interviews with leading risk managers.
The national roundtables will again be published in the June, July/August and September issues of CRE as standalone articles.
We will also round up the findings in a final pan-European report that will summarise the key issues and this will be published in time for the DVS conference in Munich at the start of September.
This is a big effort for the CRE team and also for the busy individual risk managers who take part and we are very grateful for the time taken by all who participate.
We are also grateful for the support given to us by the national associations, which have again helped organise the meetings.
The project is sponsored once again by XL, which has appreciated the value of this independent project since CRE was launched in February of 2010 and we thank XL for its support without which the project would not be possible.
This year we are also delighted to welcome Willis on board as our broker sponsor which has enabled us to continue the growth and development of the project.
Both XL and Willis both fully appreciate the importance of this project remaining totally independent. The power of this survey as with all our content lies in its unbiased and independent nature, without which the value would be seriously undermined.
It also helps us to identify what really matters to our readers each year and ensures that CRE remains at the forefront of the industry, focuses on the issues that really matter and is able to challenge the entire market to seek solutions.
As ever any feedback or suggestions from any reader is more than welcome. Please feel free to contact me as I travel around Europe from roundtable to roundtable over the coming weeks.
—Adrian Ladbury, Editor