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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 Pryor, President-electDear 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

  • The Growth Mindset for Actuaries

    13 October 2021 - 8 December 2021

    Fully booked.

    This practical course is aimed at actuaries at any stage of their career who want to develop their own growth mindset and apply it to their work setting and personal or professional lifelong learning. The content of the course builds on the lecture given by Dr Helen Wright on Growth Mindset as part of the President’s 2021 Lecture series, and will be delivered over a period of 2 months, from mid-October to early December.

  • Spaces available

    The importance of biodiversity for finance, business and policy is being increasingly recognised. While many studies highlight the overall economic impact that biodiversity loss could have, it is much more difficult to quantify and understand the particular impact that is may have on individual businesses or communities. The management and measurement of these risks is a field where actuaries are well placed to contribute.

  • Spaces available

    The climate crisis and the degradation of our planet will affect societies everywhere. How we address these threats will require solutions that transcend borders. As a global profession, the actuarial community is well-placed to consider and propose effective risk management solutions to help manage the climate crisis.

  • GIRO 2021 Webinar Series

    8 November 2021 - 19 November 2021
    Spaces available

    Join leading experts to discuss key issues, emerging ideas and new research across the general insurance sector.

  • Spaces available

    This is a free webinar with an expert panel providing their views on the ongoing IFoA consultation for proposals regarding changes to the regulatory framework on climate change and sustainability.

    The regulatory consultation sets out, for feedback some proposed approaches that the IFoA are considering in relation to charter commitments under the UK’s Green Finance Education Charter (GFEC) and the regulatory framework, including the Actuaries’ Code.

  • Life 2021 Webinar Series

    22 November 2021 - 26 November 2021
    Spaces available

    Join leading experts to discuss key issues, emerging ideas, and new research across the Life insurance sector.

  • Spaces available

    Content will be aimed at all actuaries looking to understand the issues surrounding mental health in insurance and in particular those looking to ensure products and processes widen access for, and are most useful to, those experiencing periods of poor mental health.