Monthly Archives: July 2016

Creating an international network in risk management education


Marcus Feldt is Specialised Client Director for the Stockholm School of Economics

Through rimap®, FERMA is building the first network of risk management education providers and risk managers across Europe. Marcus Feldt of the Stockholm School of Economics Executive Programme explains the expectations for this new network.

The Risk Management Diploma offered by the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) Executive Education is one of the
first six education programmes in risk management to receive accreditation from rimap.

Through rimap®, FERMA is building the first network of risk management education providers and risk
managers across Europe. Marcus Feldt of the Stockholm School of Economics Executive Programme explains the
expectations for this new network.

leading research body within finance, economics,general management and leadership. Our sub-brand IFU
specialises in insurance education, and SSE Executive Education believes this new network will provide a solid
framework for continued work on professional and academically relevant education within the risk
management area.

The network will contribute to a more coherent and improved basis of competence, where knowledge sharing and best practice occur between education bodies and FERMA. We expect this new relationship to raise the level of awareness and knowledge about risk management at every level in the public sector and business world.

Contribution to the development Our aim is to broaden our scope of courses to cover every significant aspect of risk management. That means traditional fields and fundamentals, but mainly new and topical subjects. The development of the risk management portfolio will have two drivers. One is the day-to-day work done by Executive Education/IFU in
creating courses and seminars in current risk management subjects, such as cyber risks, culture and governance. Second is cooperation through SWERMA with networking activities and discussions to remain relevant to its members and have an updated educational offering.

We have been working closely with SWERMA for more than five years and have a joint agenda in developing the whole risk management profession This applies not just to the role itself, but even more to awareness at top management and board level of the potential of risk management as a strong tool for developing companies, other organisations and, to a great extent, society.

In ten years
Our belief is that the risk management profession, or rather professions, will become more formalised in many areas, such as in financial services. A more precise specification of many risk roles will also occur, given new regulations
and authorities’ recommendations, as risk management organisations mature. From the enterprise risk management perspective, we believe there will be further integration and formalisation of organisational functions working
with risks within many organisations.

This will increase the scope for risk managers who will have to work more closely with other second line entities, as well as first line and business representatives. In this role, they will be not just highlighting compliance and
security issues but also driving business development and adding value to their organisations.

Thanks to this development, we believe that the profession will gain a higher acceptance and recognition
in many organisations, including from the board of directors and top management.

FERMA Seminar 2016 – A setting for communication, education and leadership

Risk managers often say they do not get enough opportunities to get together with their colleagues from across Europe and discuss the topics that really concern them. The programme for the FERMA Seminar 2016 is now available and shows that we have responded to this feedback. We have involved our member associations and their members in creating a setting for communication, education and leadership.

Curious to know ho will address your favorite topic? Discover our speakers and more programme information on our website:

Click on the relevant session to view more information about the subject and speakers

European Affairs: Country by country reporting – working breakfast report

Capture COVER CbCR reportFERMA and the European Confederation of Institutes of Internal Auditing (ECIIA) held a joint working breakfast in the European Parliament on 28 June on the theme of “Country-by-Country Reporting: From Risks to Opportunities”. It focused on the corporate governance implications of the European Commission’s proposal of 12 April and the
roles played by the risk manager and the internal auditor in this field.

Danish MEP Jeppe Kofod hosted the event and Jean-Philippe Rabine, European Commission DG FISMA (Accounting and Reporting Unit) introduced the new
financial and corporate tax reporting requirements that are intended to apply to all large multinationals for every EU country they operate.

Participants in the panel discussion, moderated by Jeppe Kofod, included for FERMA Jonathan Blackhurst, Head of Risk Management at Capita (UK); Silvio de Girolamo, Chief Audit Executive Autogrill (Italy) on behalf of ECIIA; and Jean-Philippe

The panel said that the proposal goes further than any previous initiative with the obligation for all companies operating in the EU with a minimum turnover of €750 million in a given year to publicly disclose financial and tax information on a country-by-country basis.
About 6000 large companies will face the challenge of complying with the regulation and determining how the public will react to the tax figures they reveal – a regulatory and reputational risk.

Country-by-country reporting, therefore, is not only about the numbers, but also about how well they are delivered with the right processes and the right report. Here stands the added value of risk managers, making sure that the figures have a context so that
people understand the full extent of the firm’s value chain.

In this context, companies could use country-by country reporting as an opportunity to increase public confidence by presenting themselves to the public in an open and transparent manner. The public perception of corporate conduct is especially
important, and to mitigate the risk of scrutiny, companies will need to ask themselves: are we doing enough – and how can we turn this into an opportunity?

The text of the regulation is currently in discussion at the European Parliament and will be discussed early July by the European Council under the new Slovak EU Presidency.

Full report is available here.

FERMA’s new board dedicates itself to the strategic vision and mission

The FERMA board has dedicated itself to implementation of the newly agreed strategic vision and mission following elections at the general assembly in June. The vision is embodied in the new mission statement aligning FERMA’s work with its goals of increasing leadership in risk management and enhancing risk managers’ strategic influence.

President Jo Willaert said: “This new vision and mission statement provide a strong basis for the development of a business plan laying down the direction for FERMA over the next three years around three key drivers: leadership, communication and education. I am delighted to welcome our new board members. They bring us fresh ideas and new perspectives to help us implement this new strategy and mission.”

rsz_new_member-1229_andersAnders Esbjörnsson, Group Risk Manager, NCC (SWERMA), has returned to his role as FERMA Treasurer and board member following re-election for another three-year term. He said: “I find the opportunity of working in this truly international context extremely interesting as well as challenging. I think FERMA is on the right track for the future with great initiatives and a dedicated board and staff while it meets it meets its future challenges.”

rsz_new_member-1197_helenNew board member Helen Pope, Head of Insurable Risk – Tesco and former Airmic chair, said: “I whole-heartedly believe in the promotion of insurance and risk management and believe that FERMA has the ability to persuade the business community of the need for excellence and recognition in the professional world.”

rsz_new_member-1208_charlotteJoining the board for the first time from DARIM, Charlotte Hedemark Nielsen, Senior Risk Specialist, SAP, said: “This will be a great opportunity for me to offer my professional experience, skills and knowledge to direct support and contribute to the work performed by FERMA. “Two areas have my concern. First, to raise the profile of the profession, notably via innovative training approaches and rimap. Second, bridging diversity and the profession, while working to maintain a broad representation of skills and expertise in the profession, both to ensure a good gender and cultural balance, and also to maintain focus on young professionals.”

rsz_new_member-1274_ralphInsurance and Subsidy Manager of UNIPER Benelux Ralph Mulder, a member of NARIM, is the third new board member. He said: “FERMA now has its vision and strategy for the future. It is up to us to add value. With my election, I hope to encourage other risk managers to fulfil their part in strengthening our community. Come to the Seminar in Malta! Take part in the roundtables. Share your knowledge.”

Full board listing President: Jo Willaert (BELRIM);
Vice Presidents: Cristina Martinez (IGREA), Isabel Martinez (AGERS) and Dirk Wegener (BfV/DVS);
Secretary General: Gilbert Canameras (AMRAE); Treasurer: Anders Esbjörnsson (SWERMA);
Board members: Michel Dennery (AMRAE), Helle Friberg (DARIM), Carl Leeman (BELRIM), Charlotte Hedemark Nielsen (DARIM), Ralph Mulder (NARIM) and Helen Pope (Airmic).

FERMA Seminar 2016 – a setting for communication, education and leadership

The Seminar is an event by risk managers for risk managers. Join us! For more programme information and registration:


Risk managers often say they do not get enough opportunities to get together with their colleagues from across Europe and discuss the topics that really concern them. The programme for the FERMA Seminar 2016 is now available and shows that we have responded to this feedback.  We have involved our member associations and their members in creating a setting for communication, education and leadership. Here are the sessions they have organised.

Curious to know who will address your favourite topic? Discover our speakers here:


Association workshops

Airmic: Risk leadership on the boardroom agenda – the risk manager’s professional contribution

This session will discuss the challenges for board in meeting their increased risk responsibilities and suggest ways in which risk managers can support them through helping them to embed risk management as part of the business model.

MARM: Insurance captives and cells in Malta

Host association MARM will offer risk managers practical insight from two perspectives as to how local companies have navigated through Solvency II and benefitted from it. The session will also look at the situation of protected cell captives under Solvency II.

BELRIM: cyber risks – seeing them happen

“There is no golden panacea in cyber crime and cyber security,” says expert Peter Hacker, a partner at Distinction Global, part of the Cybercrime Research Institute. Instead, Peter and colleague Professor Marco Gercke will simulate a cyber attack on a fictional company in this session organised by BELRIM.

The scenario will challenge participants – representing the executive board of the fictional company – to respond to a major incident and its consequences. The workshop, explains Peter, will use powerful, insightful information and artificial intelligence-based simulation tools so that participants feel at first hand the difficult questions they would face.

Not only is there a potential for massive contractual, reputational and financial damages, but a threat to the continuity of top management and even to the integrity of the business. Boards of corporations have been battered by demands for restructuring, unwanted M&A bids and shareholder lawsuits. Clearly, cyber risks are an enterprise exposure where the risk manager has an important role to play.


Member roundtables

Here is an opportunity for risk managers to talk with their colleagues about key issues in a setting of confidentiality.

Resilience and business continuity

This discussion will consider what resilience means, how to contribute to the organisation’s resilience, where business continuity comes into play and how to integrate it into governance arrangements.

Risk management and SMEs

After the successful session on SMEs at the Forum in Venice in 2015, we received requests for more on the same subject. It is an important topic not just for SMEs themselves but also for large companies with SME suppliers.

ERM and leadership

Leadership is one of FERMA President Jo Willaert’s themes and he will lead this discussion of topics such as: practical approaches for getting started with ERM, strengthening ERM for strategic advantages and using ERM to support leadership and recognition of the risk manager.

Digital risks

As our operations become more sophisticated in their use of technology, so too our vulnerabilities increase. This round table will discuss threats, roles, mitigation, preparedness, insurance and regulation of digital risks.

Financial transparency initiatives

This roundtable will discuss the impact on risk management of financial transparency initiatives such as the OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) measures and EU Country-by-Country Reporting.


Be the first: take the Rimap® examination

Participants at the Seminar will have the opportunity to be the first to take the examination leading to FERMA’s rimap certification. More details to come…

Knowledge Corner

FERMA’s selection of recently published useful reports for risk managers.

Airmic Guide to Members (English)
What comes next for insurers (English)

DLA Piper
Implications following the vote to leave (English)


Duty of Care
Reworking the duty of care – pan-European research (English)
ACE Chubb

UK Insurance Act BELRIM (English)

Risk maturity
Risk Maturity Models
Book by Domenic Antonucci (English),
Kogan Page
£49.99 less 20% discount for FERMA members and use discount code FERMA20 at checkout.

Global Risk Dialogue (English, French, German)
AGCS Allianz

New Emerging Risk Insights
Swiss Re Sonar (English)

 Natural resources risk index 2016
WillisTowersWatson (English)

Airmic news (English)

Observatorio (Spanish)

Risk management news (Italian)

Die Versicherungspraxis (German)
Title theme: D&O

Expert View: A Report on Risk Management Issues from South-Eastern Europe

Zhetcho Kalitchin and Ivo Miltchanski from FERMA’s most recent member, the Bulgarian risk management association BRiMA, describe how risk management is developing in South-Eastern Europe.

In Bulgaria and most Balkan countries, the economic environment is varied and competitive. Costs for risk management are generally considered too high, and therefore possible economic losses and scenarios are not examined by a professional risk manager. Enterprises rarely rely on risk management when it comes to getting a competitive advantage or ensuring the company’s goals, business continuity and development. A risk manager is only employed in rare situations, at very large industrial enterprises and not within small and medium size enterprises.

Usually companies feel reluctant to use risk management as a tool in the process of implementing innovation in their production/service schemes or range of products. Most often, boards and other decision makers are not convinced that implementation of risk management methodologies and strategies will increase the productivity and security of the enterprise.

Currently, the widely adopted understanding of risk management is narrow mindedly connected only with financial risk analysis and not physical exposures and emerging risks. In many cases, the possible causes of disruptions for a given company are commonly neglected or not even identified. For example, supply chain analysis is widely considered solely an obligation of the marketing department and not a risk management matter.

Bearing in mind the necessity for regulatory changes coming to the European Union in the near future, there is a need to update strategies on a government level in the region as well. To cope with emerging risks and mitigate large scale economic disasters, these updates will need the states’ attention, and we are in discussion with risk managers and members of the academic community in order to prepare a functional framework for analysis, risk identification, implementation of risk mitigation measures and constant updating according to the changing environment.

BRIMA is only the second risk management association in the Balkans. Our main goal is to gather a critical mass of forward-thinking professionals in the field of risk management and combine their efforts in our mission to develop the profession in the Balkans.

Considering the current demand for risk management and the challenges which stand before us, BRiMA fully supports the need to implement FERMA’s slogan – ‘Education, Communication, Leadership’, and we will work towards the creation of a rimap® education center in the Balkan region.

Zhetcho Kalitchin is the President of BRiMA and Ivo Miltchanski is a member of the board of BRiMA.

New UK Insurance Act comes into force soon

The new UK Insurance Act will come into effect from 12 August.

The law will apply to any new insurance contract governed by UK law, whatever the location of the buyer or the risk, so it will affect many non-UK companies who use the London market. This will not change whatever happens to the UK’s relationship with the EU.

According to FERMA President, Jo Willaert, there is an increasing awareness of the new law by European companies which have interests in the UK or place insurance in the London market. “We could see that, for example, in the successful exchange that BELRIM organised in Brussels about the law. There are certainly companies who are not fully aware about the implications, but the number of them is decreasing rapidly.”

FERMA’s advice to risk managers:

Make sure that you are aware of the implications of the UK Insurance Act for your programmes, even if you do not have interests in the UK. If you work with brokers, discuss the issues with them and ensure that they deal with any necessary changes to your programmes on renewal.

The document issued in 2015 by FERMA and Mactavish can be helpful: Changes in UK Insurance Law – An Introduction for European Businesses at

Letter from Brussels: Business plan to follow our new strategic vision and mission statement

At our general assembly in June, we unveiled a new strategic vision and mission statement for FERMA. They provide the basis for the development of a business plan which will lay down the direction of FERMA over the next three years.

Typhaine Beaupérin

We are currently developing this business plan to move towards our vision of “a world where risk management is embedded in the business model and culture of organisations”.

In practical terms, this means that the business plan will set out how we can best represent the interests of our member associations and their members to European institutions. We will also strengthen and widen understanding of the value of risk management and the role of the risk manager.

We have, of course, been doing just this, but we want to connect our activities more closely with the needs of our members. From our Brussels base, we can both present their views to European institutions and communicate with them on European developments with important implications for risk management. This two-way communication is essential.

Another important aspect of the business plan is education. Bringing the certification project rimap® to implementation remains a top priority for FERMA. Having certified professional status will assist the risk manager in proving his or her value to the organisation.

FERMA has developed the necessary tools for rimap to take off. The associations now need to take ownership of this certification programme. This is why we will work on a new cooperation model and a new governance for rimap.

Education takes place through the sharing and exchange of information, expertise and ideas. FERMA, therefore, wants to act as a platform for cooperation among member associations and their collaboration with other stakeholders. We are reviewing the positioning of the FERMA Seminar with a stronger focus on the purpose of education with the aim of providing better insight into a limited number of subjects. The Forum, with which the Seminar alternates, is intended to be high level, on the cutting-edge of progress in risk management practices. Obviously, it is the only European event of this kind.

The business plan will be ready by the end of the year. By this time next year, you will see a FERMA with a business plan that supports the achievement of our strategic vision and mission making use of the key drivers.

Typhaine Beaupérin, CEO


For more information, see the new FERMA vision and mission here.

rimap® developments: bridging the gap between education and the profession in Europe

FERMA’s professional certification programme rimap® took an important step forward on 23 June, as FERMA disclosed the names of the first six education programmes in risk management to receive rimap accreditation.

Accreditation is one of the three building blocks of rimap, along with certification and CPD (continuous professional development). It is designed to acknowledge that an education provider’s programme meets the risk management education requirements set by FERMA based on the rimap ‘Body of Knowledge’.


Rimap accreditation confirms that the education body is willing to deliver a risk management education programme that is in line with the first European criteria agreed by FERMA associations.

“It is important for the students to know they are following an education programme that is in line with what the profession is expecting. This is best achieved by the professional associations in each country that represent the risk practitioners in Europe,” says Isabel Martinez Torre-Enciso, FERMA Vice President and the person responsible for the accreditation process within the rimap steering committee.

Bridge between academia and profession

Accreditation is also a bridge between the world of risk management education and the professional associations. In 2016, the choice was made to work with a closed list of education bodies that volunteered their interest in the process to FERMA and which were supported by their national risk management associations. For an academic’s view of this process, see the expert view by Marcus Feldt of the Stockholm School of Economics Executive Education here.

“We are pleased to see that the accredited education bodies reflect the diversity of FERMA membership with universities, business schools and professional institutes operated by national associations themselves. The geographical spread also shows that risk management education is developing across Europe, from Finland to Malta.” adds Isabel.

The criteria for accreditation are based on a certain number of hours of teaching, and an 80% match between the rimap Body of Knowledge and the programme. These elements, including the list of teachers and a description of the selection process, were documented by an online submission process through the rimap website.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

Finally, we are building the CPD element. We have received a number of requests for licensing for events, and we have so far confirmed to Lloyd’s a CPD license for the FERMA/Lloyd’s Professional Development Programme.

The CPD process is also about to be tested full scale at the FERMA Seminar in Malta on 3-4 October. The details are still to be confirmed, but various Seminar activities should entitle all participants to at least 25 CPD points. These points will be stored electronically on individual rimap accounts for further use when Seminar participants register for the rimap examination:

First rimap accredited risk management education programmes

  • Belgium: ICHEC Formation Continue – Diplôme en Risk Management (BELRIM)
  • Finland: University of Tampere – “Master’s Degree Programme in Business Studies – Specialization in Insurance and Risk Management” (FINNRIMA)
  • Italy: ANRA – ALP (ANRA Learning Path)
  • Malta: University of Malta – “Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Insurance and Risk Management” (MARM)
  • Poland: POLRISK – “Certyfikowany zawodowy menedżer ryzyka”
  • Sweden: Stockholm School of Economics Executive Education – “Risk Management Diploma” (SWERMA)