The First Connected Risk Outcome-Based Policy Unveiled By Leading Global Pharmaceutical Firm

The First Connected Risk Outcome-Based Policy Unveiled by a member of the Russell Working Group

London, 2nd May 2024 – The AstraZeneca Group Insurance team has unveiled a 5-year Business Resilience Insurance Policy providing its captive with a “connected risk” outcome-based solution, supported by three of the world’s largest reinsurers, announcing the news to a select group of risk managers via the Russell Group Corporate Working Group. In a (re)insurance industry first, the Business Resilience Insurance Policy offers cover against:

  1. Supply Chain Disruption
  2. Reputational damage
  3. Product withdrawal

Initially, the connected risk policy offers risk financing against a range of major events, with minimal exclusions, but it is anticipated that as the exposures become better understood, with improvements in data and analytics being offered by firms such as Russell, there will be a major industry shift to innovative risk transfer structures of this type.

The Russell Working Group was originally formed in 2018 to focus on ‘Connected Risk’ and to explore how data and analytics orientated solutions could help both corporate risk managers and (re)insurers design risk solutions more suited to today’s connected trading environment. The group has over 30 members, including 20 of the FTSE100, representing companies of various sizes across industry and, encompassing both insurance and risk professionals.

Kevin Steed, Head of Group Insurance at AstraZeneca, said: “I was delighted to advise on the progress and success of the AstraZeneca Group Insurance team in implementing our exciting new Business Resilience Insurance Policy within the AstraZeneca captive and reinsurance framework.  The level of dialogue between the various risk managers on the Russell Working Group call was phenomenal, clearly outlining the common interest that insurance products need to be relevant, not just now, but also for the future. Our risk landscape is constantly evolving, and we need to adapt and move on. Sharing the learning and experiences should help all of us in our roles, and position corporate insurance as a headliner for innovation.”

David Broughton, Chair of the Working Group and head of Insurable Risk at Centrica explains: ‘We need to move away from peril-based traditional insurance products to considering risk from an outcome-based perspective. We are delighted that one of our Working Group members has made such a bold, forward-looking leap into what we expect will be a new era of outcome-based solutions to tackle connected risk.’

Suki Basi, Managing Director of Russell said: “It was a real privilege to witness history in the making of a new era for insurance with this tangible connected risk solution. The insurance market has been perceived as being resistant to change but here is an example of the market leaders displaying true innovation.

One of the biggest wins of this connected risk policy is that it responds to outcomes, so it is a major step in the right direction.”

Russell Group was fundamental in establishing the Working Group, having driven the concept of connected risk for many years. The company was established 30 years ago as a specialist risk solutions provider, notably during the “Reconstruction and Renewal” and the formation of London Market Claims Services and Equitas in the early 1990s and has built an enviable reputation in helping many of the world’s largest (Re)Insurers transform their portfolios.


Post Date: 02/05/2024

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