The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation UK (IICF), held its fourth leadership conference on ‘Building a Sustainable Future for our Industry & Communities’ at The Honourable Artillery Company in London on 11 March, raising approximately £22,000 for local charities that support social mobility.
In light of the current environment that has been brought about by Coronavirus, it has become apparent that raising money for charities who will be hit by this crisis and learning about how to make businesses better equipped for the future, are both more important than ever before.
Prior to the Covid-19 measures coming to the fore, the conference was able to bring professionals together from across the Industry to provide them with a unique insight into ways companies within and outside the industry are innovating, to create new business models and solutions that drive a culture of inclusion and sustainability.
Denis Duverne, Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of AXA and Chair of IDF, gave a keynote via video focusing on the protection gap. He reminded attendees that 85% of people in emerging markets remain underserved when it comes to insurance and stressed the value of collaboration to help this improve.
Other speakers included, Yui Kamikawa, Global Climate Strategy Lead, The Coca-Cola Company, who spoke on sustainable solutions across the supply chain, Baroness Margaret McDonagh, Co-Founder, The Pipeline and Hasani Jess, CTO, Simply Business, who both discussed the business need for diverse leaders who think differently to meet the challenges of the future, Sebastian De Zulueta, Director, Market Minds, who discussed the value of InsurTech to drive the industry forward and lastly, Susanne Jacobs, Founder and MD, The Seven, who spoke about the importance of the human element in this era of technology to create a successful business environment.
The conference, sponsored by CNA Hardy, Chubb, AXA XL and Axco will allow the IICF to advance the dialogue on these important topics as well as raise valuable funds for IICF’s community grants programme. For example, Ruth Joyce, Partnerships Coordinator, The Access Project who spoke at the event explained how the Foundation is helping disadvantaged students access top universities and realise their full potential.
Tim Yeates, Deputy Board Chair, IICF UK said “All things considered, I think the conference was the one of the most successful and stimulating we have held. With all proceeds from the conference going to charities advocating social mobility, it’s great to see how the industry is both giving back, whilst concerning themselves with such important issues such as promoting future leadership and sustainability”.