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Sustainability and Lifelong Learning

We are a profession specialising in risk management and climate change is one of the greatest risks facing our world today. Mitigating the risk is urgent.


Louise PryorDear members

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

  1. China is the world’s top polluter emitting 10,357 metric tons of CO₂ followed by USA, India, Russia, Japan. Source:
  2. 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:
  3. Recycling a 500ml aluminium beer can saves enough energy to power a TV for four hours. Source:
  4. 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:
  5. Forty million people live in modern slavery today. Source:

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

A recording of the webinar is available on YouTube and is also available for members on the IFoA's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Courses and resources to get started

Here are some examples of what is available:

Contact Details

If you have any questions about a practice area, its working parties, Member Interest Groups or Board and sub-committees, please contact the Communities Team:

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Events calendar

  • Asia Conference 2021 webinar series

    Online webinar series
    26 July 2021 - 30 July 2021
    Spaces available

    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.”

  • CMI Income Protection

    30 July 2021

    Spaces available

    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.

  • Spaces available

    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

  • Spaces available

    Risk Management Webinar ProgrammeInternal 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.

  • Spaces available

    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.