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. As a leading player in the reinsurance industry, the commercial success of Hannover Re is crucially dependent on the correct assessment of present and emerging risks. These include not only the recent proliferation of geopolitical and economic uncertainties, but also developments such as demographic change, shifting mobility patterns in populations, increasing digitisation and the resulting cyber risks as well as climate changes and the associated discussions centred on food and water security. By organising topically specific conferences, visiting clients and attending trade fairs and expert gatherings we enable our customers to share our knowledge and we use the internally and externally acquired experience in order to be able to offer them better or innovative (re)insurance solutions and to strengthen our customer relationships.
As far as our core business is concerned, in the growing market for microinsurance products we intensified our cooperation with primary insurers in Pakistan, the Philippines and Indonesia. Furthermore, the protection of agricultural production is of considerable relevance to the development of more deprived regions. We therefore continued our cooperative efforts with government and international organisations to expand agricultural insurance. We have encouraged the development of products in response to climate change, such as weather insurance and coverage for energy-saving warranties, among other things by supporting the extension of energy-saving warranties to other European countries. In life and health reinsurance demographic changes around the world are leading to stronger demand for reinsurance in the area of longevity solutions. We are also seeing rising demand for so-called lifestyle insurance products, where the premium is linked to an insured’s healthy lifestyle (e. g. fitness and nutritional habits).
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. Altogether around 90% of our investments are screened every six months according to ESG criteria.