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FERMA general assembly elects four board members

The general assembly of the Federation of European Risk Management Associations (FERMA) has elected four directors to join the board for 2014-2017 and one new substitute.

Anna Korbut from the Russian risk management association RusRisk has joined the board for the first time. Three serving board members have been re-elected following the end of their previous terms. They are Helle Friberg from the Danish association DARIM; Carl Leeman of the Belgian association BELRIM and Cristina Martinez from the Spanish association IGREA. The board substitute is the president of Poland’s POLRISK, Slawomir Pijanowski. Continue reading


Attend the Seminar… be an influencer

Registration is now open for the 2014 FERMA Seminar. The event, taking place in Brussels on 20 and 21 October, is the highlight of FERMA’s calendar for 2014, especially because it will also celebrate FERMA’s 40th anniversary with a gala dinner. Both the Seminar and the dinner are free for members of FERMA associations. Continue reading


Ferma launches new risk and insurance online dictionary

New online tool to help debunk and clarify risk and insurance terms

Ferma has launched a new dictionary of industry acronyms in an easy-to-use, searchable format at its biannual conference. Continue reading


FERMA to publish a library of acronyms

Acronyms are those short forms made up of the initial letters of a word or phrase. Think of RIMS, ecoDA, ERM, BI and PD. Sometimes it’s easy to understand what they stand for, but sometimes it’s not. FERMA board member Helle Friberg has, therefore, launched the idea of creating a library of acronyms on the FERMA website. She hopes to announce it on the opening day of the Forum. Continue reading


Interview with Helle Friberg

Interview with Helle Friberg, FERMA board member on the ladies in risk management lunch at the FERMA Forum 2013 in Maastricht from 29th Septembre till 2 October 2013. Continue reading


Helle Friberg VIEWPOINTS

If you don’t challenge yourself sometimes, you don’t develop as a person! Continue reading


Looking back and looking forward

FERMA President Jorge Luzzi looked back at FERMA’s accomplishments over the past year and set out his objectives for FERMA this year in his address to the general assembly held on 3 June in Brussels. Continue reading


Insight may come from many angles

By Helle Friberg, FERMA board member and Group Risk & Insurance Manager, Hempel A/S 

Helle Friberg – Ferma Board Member / Group Risk and Insurance Manager at Hempel

To create an ERM strategy – or update an existing one – for your company might at first seem like a rather easy task. As a risk manager, you often have a very clear vision on how important your field of work is for the company, how advanced you think risk management should be in the near future and beyond, and how fast the implementation should be. It is, after all, your daily life and your work, and perhaps even your passion.

I am currently working on refreshing my company’s ERM strategy. In that process, I have experienced that the task is not necessarily as easy as that.

My starting point was all these good ideas about how “ERM matures” and where I believed the company should be in a few years from now. However, you might agree with me that it is an art to get our fellow decision makers (risk management committee, steering committee, top management or the like) to realise that our view on the company’s future ERM is as brilliant as we think ourselves. This is where I found that communication and lobbying skills are two essential tools in the process.

Why would these two skills come in so handy? Well, we all know that when something is communicated in an inexpedient way, we don’t jump up and down in joy and congratulate the messenger. On the contrary, in business life you might trigger all the wrong discussions and end up with no approval and no commitment.

Instead, once you know what you believe is the right thing to do for ERM and the company, it is essential that the message is delivered in a way that appeals to the audience/decision makers. Some get it; some don’t – I know now that I need to work harder on that one.

The level of risk management should at all times be adjusted to the company’s readiness to embrace the current stages of ERM – and this is where the lobbying comes in.

Now that you have these brilliant ideas about the future ERM in your company, a tool to assess the company’s readiness to rise to a higher maturity level could be called “inter-company lobbying”. By that I mean discussing your ideas with members of your decision-making group, getting a feel of what you can expect to achieve in terms of ERM in the busy working environment and the likely possibility of squeezed resources. Also, you get a feeling of how mature the company is in reality compared to the fantastic vision you have for ERM.  The ERM strategy should mirror what the company is prepared to put into the process. Too high goals might easily kill success and that does no good to anybody.

My work reviewing our ERM strategy has just started. However, I feel wiser already – and confident that my committee and I will agree on a good strategy for our company.


A request for views on managing natural catastrophes

FERMA national associations have until 31 May to comment on the European Commission report Natural catastrophes: Risk relevance and insurance coverage in the EU. The aim is to consider the most appropriate balance between preparation, insurance and post-event government intervention in dealing with disasters. This report is the result of an in-depth examination by the European Commission of national insurance schemes and contributions from stakeholders, insurance experts and academics to a conference organised by the Directorate of Internal Market and Services in November 2011. The present exercise covers flood, storm, earthquake and drought. Continue reading


FERMA Forum – Helle Friberg’s Interview (video)

Find an interview with Helle Friberg (by Florence Bindelle) – Board member of FERMA. Continue reading