Risk blindness: “why people, companies and politicians who are well aware of climate risk nevertheless fail to plan or react appropriately.”
ESG risk is one of a growing number of stakeholder-centric issues falling under the greater rubric of reputation risk. High-profile, costly risk management failures at AB InBev (Bud Light), Southwest Airlines and Silicon Valley Bank indicate that it is time for risk management to be more fully integrated into corporate processes, like marketing: #letriskmanagersmanagerisk! Reputation risk management needs to be a standard area of enterprise risk management responsibility. Can we drink to that?
The U.S. Department of Labor has now launched an investigation and said it will hold not only companies that employ child labor accountable, but the larger, better known companies that have child labor in their supply chains. The new regulatory stakeholders in companies’ supply chains bring with them investors and litigators, who had material financial consequences to activities already being followed by activists.
All risk is connected. As in Dirk Gently’s world, everything in the risk world is now connected, but without the humor of Douglas Adams. The consequences of operational perils between and among employees—the sorts of things that might have triggered coverage with Employment Practice Liability insurance, is now a matter for derivative litigation and the SEC.
Risk Strategy Authentication and Communication.If you oversee an effective reputation risk strategy process, but no one knows it, is it actually effective? This is a vital question boards of directors, senior executives, and risk professionals need to ask themselves in this era of enhanced regulatory enforcement. Building resilience requires a demonstrably effective, insurance-authenticated system.
ESG-related false advertising litigation. Since the onset of 2021, there have been multiple class actions filed in federal courts over greenwashing claims targeting companies from the retail industry, such as H&M and Allbirds, and food manufacturers, like Vital Farms. The statements attacked by consumers in these lawsuits varied due to the wide-ranging nature of the marketing techniques used by the companies, including the use of internal sustainability metrics as well as the reliance on benchmarks created by third parties.
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