As one of the world’s leading reinsurers, we essentially bear responsibility for two specialist areas when it comes to our core business: in the first place for our reinsurance business, and secondly for the management of our investments.
Our range of reinsurance products and services is geared to the needs of the market and our clients. Hannover Re is active in virtually all lines of reinsurance business. Our products range from traditional reinsurance to complex individual solutions for risk transfer and the optimisation of our clients’ capital requirements. In response to changing social challenges, new economic, social and ecological risks – known as emerging risks – are increasingly reflected in our risk assessment. Examples of emerging risks include demographic change, the formation of megacities, shortages of resources, climate change and its impacts on global development (natural disasters, environmental damage) as well as pandemics and risks associated with technological progress (such as cyber-risks). We use all internally and externally acquired insights in order to be able to offer better or innovative (re)insurance solutions.
When it comes to the management of our investment portfolio, we aim to generate a commensurate market return in the interests of our clients and shareholders. This is done in accordance with our Sustainability Strategy by incorporating ESG (environmental, social and governance) criteria into our investment policy. Specifically, since 2012 we have been guided by the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact and thus also recognise the aspects of human rights, working conditions, the environment and anti-corruption. Since 2013 our investments have been reviewed half-yearly to verify compliance with these ESG standards. If a failure to comply is identified, we part with the instrument in question and exclude it from our investment universe. As we develop and continuously review our investment strategy, we work together with an established service provider that specialises in sustainability.