Insurance Forum conference

We were delighted to welcome our clients, insurance experts, investors and (re)insurers to the Insurance Forum organized by Natixis and Oddo BHF on May 21.

This event was devoted to the question “how is sustainability disrupting the (re)insurance sector?” and provided an excellent opportunity for stakeholders to share their expertise and experience on managing climate risks and to discuss the innovative risk transfer solutions they offer for their clients.

The financial sector is at the heart of the economy and the insurance industry plays an important role in promoting economic, social and environmental sustainability – acting as a risk manager, an insurer and investor –. Insurance companies can also be seen as having a social remit by contributing to build a more resilient, inclusive and sustainable society.

The insurance sector has initiated a deep transition phase. Today, the industry mainly considers sustainable development as a way to reduce the risks it is managing while creating new business opportunities with its clients.

Regulators and rating agencies are also evolving to integrate sustainability (through environmental, social and governance criteria) and will lead and move ahead together with insurance industry.

The conference also provided insight into changes made by insurers to comply with the Paris Agreement and address the goal of limiting the rise in global temperatures to 2 degrees.

Natixis, a reference bank for green and sustainable business

We support our clients in their transition to a more sustainable model.

Resolute green commitment

Environmental and climate challenges are among the key priorities for the 21st century, and this requires involvement from all stakeholders. Insurance companies, like banks, play an essential role in the types of project that can financed and insured, hence build and operated.

Natixis is determined to have a positive impact on the environment and society as a whole, and has pledged to halt financing for the coal industry, oil projects in the Arctic and oil extracted from tar sands worldwide.

The Green Weighting Factor

We are also rolling out a tool to make our financing deals greener at Corporate & Investment Banking – the Green Weighting Factor. Natixis is the only financial institution worldwide to set up this type of system, which provides for a positive adjustment on analytical Risk Weighted Assets (with no impact on regulatory RWA = internal tool) for deals that create affirmative environmental and climate action in its financing portfolio.

Paris marketplace and international initiatives

  • -The United Nations Global Compact since 2007
  • -The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) since 2007
  • -The United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UN-PRI) since 2008
  • -The Diversity charter since 2009
  • -The Equator Principles since 2010
  • -The UN Principles for Responsible Banking (UNEP-FI) since 2018
  • -The act4nature initiative since 2018
  • -The United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles since 2019

Natixis’ CIB division, through its Green & Sustainable Hub (GSH), is an active player in developing green finance, shaping market guidelines and designing regulation.

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