Welcome to the IFoA Sustainability Lifelong learning page, where we collate what we believe is the most relevant, current thinking on sustainability topics, to make it as easy as possible for you to digest and learn, then connect up with others to share your insights.
We are starting with material on climate change, with biodiversity, systems thinking, new economics and others to follow.
The page will continue to evolve and expand, and our aim is to continually refresh it. If you read something that you think could add to the library, please let us know.
Thanks for your visit and your contribution.
Louise Pryor, President-elect
Sustainability five key facts
- China is the world’s top polluter emitting 10,357 metric tons of CO₂ followed by USA, India, Russia, Japan. Source: Climatetrade.com
- One ton of 100% recycled paper saves the equivalent of 4100 kWh of energy, 26,00 litres of water, 30 kgs of air emissions and 2.5 cubic meters of landfill space. Source: Pointpark.edu
- Recycling a 500ml aluminium beer can saves enough energy to power a TV for four hours. Source: Circularecology.com
- Human caused emissions of CO₂ need to fall 45% from 2010 levels by 2030 and reach net zero by around 2050 to limit climate change catastrophe. Source: Netzeroclimatechange.org
- Forty million people live in modern slavery today. Source: Antislavery.org
Green Finance Charter
The IFoA signed the Green Finance Education Charter in July 2020. The GFEC was proposed by the UK Government in its Green Finance Strategy released July 2019.
A number of other bodies also signed including:
- Chartered Banker Institute
- CFA Society UK
- Chartered Insurance Institute
As signatory of GFEC , the IFoA commits to:
- engage members
- curate, develop and promote relevant resources
- encourage the adoption of relevant global and national standards
To meet with these requirements, the IFoA's Sustainability Board has produced a number of materials to help you.
Webinar: Climate Risk 101 - Perspectives from a scientist, a civil servant and an actuary
Discover the science behind global warming and what that means for policy makers and society over the coming decades.
Look at how the UK Government’s first ever Green Finance Strategy responds to what the science of climate change means for financial services.
See how we can green the financial system, finance our green priorities and capture the opportunity that a global market for green financial services presents.
Watch the webinar
Courses and resources to get started
Here are some examples of what is available:
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We have made it through 2020 but the COVID-19 crisis continues to have a significant impact on individuals, societies, businesses and the wider economy across the globe. Navigating the world post COVID-19 in an uncertain and highly unstable time brings along many uncertainties, challenges and exciting opportunities. Hence the theme of this year’s IFoA Asia Conference Webinar Series is “Risk. Adapt. Thrive.”
In April 2021, the CMI Income Protection Committee published Working Paper 149, which detailed the changes to analysis methodology for the Income Protection Investigation and the impact of past data issues. This webinar will provide an overview of the changes in the analysis approach and discuss the adjustments to the IP11 claim inceptions graduations.
Louise Pryor, IFoA President, will chair this free-to-view session, in which Alex Darsley, TPR, Actuarial Regulatory Policy, will be discussing the regulator’s Climate Change Guidance Consultation, which is seeking views on new guidance designed to help trustees meet tougher standards of governance in relation to climate change ri
Internal audit is often the Cinderella of the audit world. It’s a regulatory requirement for insurance companies to have an internal audit function, so why not make it as useful as possible? This session will look at how to link an internal audit plan to the risk register, and how that helps audit committees and boards to spot problems and fix them.
Climate change is one of the greatest risks facing our world today. Addressing it will require multi-faceted solutions. Through this panel session, we will explore the different levers that can be used to meet net-zero targets including climate science and data, government engagement, and mobilising green finance.