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Sustainability practice area: practical guides

The Sustainability Board has commissioned a series of working parties to prepare a number of practical guides to support actuaries who are considering how to appropriately include Sustainability matters into their work.

Practical Guides

Climate Change - A call to action for actuaries working in defined contribution pensions

This guide (updated September 2021) has been produced to support actuaries advising UK defined contribution pension schemes (trust, contract and master trust), although some of the material may also be relevant for actuaries advising other types of pension schemes and in other jurisdictions. It explains how climate risks may be relevant to defined contribution pension arrangements and is designed to support actuaries and others working in defined contribution pensions in exercising their judgement in this area.

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A Practical Guide to Climate Change for Life Actuaries

This guide provides Life Actuaries with an overview of how climate change impacts on life insurance and the particular areas of work for life actuaries. It covers changes to economic growth and performance in wider economies, investment over or underperformance, current mortality and insurance regulatory environment and morbidity and uncertainty around future trends as well as the climate risks around Physical, Transition and Liability risk.

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Practical Guide to Climate Change for GI Practitioners

This guide provides General Insurance Practitioners with an overview of different aspects of insurance operations that may be affected by climate change. It highlights the impact of the following risks on Pricing and Underwriting, Reserving, Reinsurance, Catastrophe Modelling, Investment, Risk Management and Capital Management processes. These risks have been broadly grouped into Physical, Transition and Liability risks. These risks can impact General Insurers to different degrees, depending on their business areas and investment strategies. These may pose different strategic, investment, market, operational and reputational risks.

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R&E Issues: A Practical Guide for Defined Benefit Pensions Actuaries

This guide explains where R&E issues are relevant to pension schemes and the work of pensions actuaries. It is a first attempt at helping pensions actuaries to assist their clients in navigating the uncertainties associated with R&E issues, in collaboration with covenant and investment advisers. Supplementary reports will be published which provide more technical detail on how R&E issues might impact on covenant assessments, funding advice and mortality. This guide is intended to raise awareness of the topic, encourage discussion and prompt further research. It is aimed at actuaries advising UK trust-based defined benefit pension schemes, although some of the material is also relevant for actuaries advising other types of pension schemes and in other jurisdictions.

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R&E Issues for Defined Benefit Pensions Actuaries: Supplementary Information

Climate Scenario Analysis for Pension Schemes: A UK Case Study

This paper explores how climate scenario analysis can be used as a tool for forward-looking assessment of the risks and opportunities for defined benefit pension schemes and other financial institutions. It is intended to provide an example of how pension schemes can integrate climate change into their thinking on matters such as funding strategies and long-term strategic asset allocation, and should prove useful to pension actuaries and other advisors who are seeking to give specific consideration to climate risks in their advice to scheme trustees and sponsors.

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Climate Scenario Analysis for Pension Schemes: An illustration of potential long-term economic & financial market impacts.

This paper examines the long-term economic and financial impacts projected by a model that combines climate science with macro-economic and financial effects to examine the relative impacts of three different climate pathways.

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Climate Change Working Party

Climate Change for Actuaries: An Introduction

An introduction to climate change for actuaries in all fields of work. It provides an overview of some of the differing topics discussed and researched by the Climate Change Working Party over the last few years. 

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Archived guides

Climate Risk: A Practical Guide for Actuaries working in Defined Contribution Pensions (March 2018)

Contact Details

For more information about the Sustainability Practice Area please contact the Professional Communities Team

professional.communities@actuaries.org.uk

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    The Actuaries’ Carbon Collaboration (ACC) is a group of actuaries and other professionals working towards a coherent understanding of the issues around greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by considering them in an actuarial context.

    Emissions into and absorption from the atmosphere can be modelled in the same way that we model variable cash flows, including the impacts of uncertain quantities and timing. The ACC’s work investigates both the insights that this analogy provides and its limitations.

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    This talk presents the work of the Data and Modelling workstream of the IFoA Mental Health Working Party. We explore data and modelling considerations in the risk assessment and underwriting of mental health conditions. We will also consider how newer risk factors and improved data availability might open up opportunities for additional underwriting and product designs.

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    12 July 2022

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    As the industry prepares for Pensions Dashboards, we have lined up a specialist panel who is at the heart of the ongoing work in this area. Hear the latest developments, future proposals and have the opportunity to put forward your questions to our speakers.

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    Crisis management, the process by which an organization deals with a disruptive, sudden and unexpected event that threatens to harm the organization or its stakeholders, has become a key concern in the light of the Pandemic and Geopolitical risks.

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    Artificial Intelligence is heralded as a game-changer to the ways industries use data, with the insurance industry especially looking to embrace these new technologies. This brings many questions – not least around data privacy, ethics, potential biases and so on – with regulators increasingly interested in developments.

    Moreover, whilst the stunning progress of specific technologies such as Watson and Alphazero made headlines some years ago, current commercial applications of AI remain far from mature.

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    This webinar will cover:

    • Some background on the risks of misselling in an ESG context, including the DWS case

    • Achieving positive impact is a strong antidote to the risks of greenwashing or ESG misselling, however this risks having a tension with fiduciary responsibilities

    • This tension can be resolved with a concept called Universal Ownership

    • Under Universal ownership, investors have an appetite to make a loss in order to achieve positive impact, and yet still have no compromise on their fiduciary responsibilities

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    This session will focus on the transformation roadmap of the healthcare sector in KSA and the role of actuarial capabilities in enhancing its evolution to the desired end stage as per the objectives of the Vision 2030. The discussion will focus how the system has evolved so far and shed light on  the expected future changes. Through examining  the transformation, we will highlight how the sector is and can use actuarial  expertise to not only assist with this transformation but also use basic actuarial principles to identify the key risks and their respective mitigation strategies.

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    The purpose of this research paper is to explore enterprise risk management lessons which can be learnt from the Covid-19 pandemic in preparation for potential future pandemics as well as other “gray rhino” or “black swan” events. This paper is not intended to be an all-encompassing solution to the issues presented by Covid-19; rather, the content has been provided to help drive discussions regarding how risk management processes may need to evolve in line with the dynamic nature of the underlying risks that they sometimes need to capture.

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    The IFoA's Infrastructure Working Party, led by Chris Lewin, will present its new introductory guide to infrastructure investment, which will be published on the IFoA web-site prior to the webinar.   Those readers whose institutions have already taken the plunge into infrastructure will know that it is a highly complex and diverse field of activity.   This guide does not explore all the matters which investors take into account, but it does discuss many of the more important points, including the risks and past returns, benchmarking, and ESG and SDG considerations.    Attendees will be invi

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