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Insurer Climate Risk Disclosure Survey Report & Scorecard: 2014 Findings & Recommendations

Max Messervy, Cynthia McHale, and Rowan Spivey
Created: 11/18/2014 - Updated: 1/25/2019

Abstract

Amid growing evidence that climate change is having wide-ranging global impacts that will worsen in the years ahead, Insurer Climate Risk Disclosure Survey Report & Scorecard: 2014 Findings & Recommendations, ranks the nation's 330 largest insurance companies on what they are saying and doing to respond to escalating climate risks. The report found strong leadership among fewer than a dozen companies but generally poor responses among the vast majority.

This report summarizes responses from insurance companies to a survey on climate change risks developed by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). In 2013, insurance regulators in California, Connecticut, Minnesota, New York and Washington required insurers writing in excess of $100 million in direct written premiums, and licensed to operate in any of the five states, to disclose their climate-related risks using this survey.

The aim of the survey, and Ceres’ analysis of the responses, is to provide regulators, insurers, investors and other stakeholders with substantive information about the risks insurers face from climate change and the steps insurers are taking—or are not taking— to respond to those risks. Because virtually every large insurer operates in at least one of the mandatory climate risk disclosure states, this analysis effectively opens a window into the entire industry. The report distills key findings and industry trends, and includes company specific scores based on disclosed actions taken to manage climate risks. It also offers recommendations for insurers and regulators to improve the insurance sectors’ overall management of climate change risks.

Published On

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Keywords

Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Erosion
Fire
Flooding
Infrastructure damage
Landslides
Precipitation
Public health risks
Public safety threats
Storms or extreme weather events
Sociopolitical Setting: 
Urban
Rural
Suburban
Industrial