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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)



Representing a growing global network of leading insurance industry organisations, ClimateWise helps to align its members’ expertise to directly support society as it responds to the risks and opportunities of climate change.

ClimateWise, as part of the Centre for Sustainable Finance, is uniquely placed to bring together the insurance industry and related organisations with world class academic expertise and global sustainability leaders to collectively and innovatively tackle climate change. 

Decisions and positions of the group do not represent the policies or positions of CISL or of the wider University of Cambridge.

Areas of focus


ClimateWise members are required to annually disclose their firm’s response to climate change through the ClimateWise Principles framework. Member reports are independently assessed, scored and benchmarked as a means to track and incentivise progress year on year. A
collective public review is published each
year which serves to inform regulators and broader financial markets on the insurance industry’s response to climate change.


ClimateWise undertakes impact-orientated, collaborative research to help insurers and the wider financial sector proactively
respond to the risks and opportunities
posed by climate change. Three core
themes focus on the industry’s leadership, regulation and climate-risk.



ClimateWise membership is open to all (re)insurers, brokers and other insurance industry service providers globally who are leaders, or aspire to play a leadership role, in supporting the insurance industry respond to the risks and opportunities of climate change.

The Insurance Advisory Council is comprised of C-suite executives from across ClimateWise’s membership base. 


"ClimateWise is an important initiative, assisting the insurance industry in its important role to build societal resilience. Insurers have unique insights into the risks that the world is facing and the ClimateWise Principles provide guidance to share this knowledge more broadly; so informing public policy and supporting the identification, understanding and management of climate risk. Through decisive action, insurance companies can facilitate the transition a low-carbon economy that is resilient to a changing climate, while reducing the climate risk protection gap."

Anna Sweeney, Chair of the Sustainable Insurance Forum and Executive Director, Insurance, Bank of England


Meet the team

Sid Miller

Programme Director

Dr Nina Seega

Centre for Sustainable Finance





Resilient cities: A toolkit for insurers to identify the business case

15 November 2017

November 2017 – This toolkit is designed to help insurers identify commercial opportunities, through the development of new products and services that can support cities in their response to natural catastrophes. The toolkit, which is split across two workshops, contains all the material a facilitator needs in order to hold internal conversations on the future role of their organisation in managing the protection gap.

Insurable Cities: The ClimateWise Principles Independent Review 2017

15 November 2017

November 2017 – The ClimateWise Principles Independent Review 2017 of the six ClimateWise Principles finds a third year of improved scores for members of the insurance industry leadership group. On its 10th anniversary the report finds the industry has improved its investment activities but members should look to further integrate climate change related initiatives into their core business strategies and look to increase board-level oversight on climate change and sustainability.

How can the insurance industry support sustainable infrastructure in emerging economy cities?

16 May 2017

16 May 2017 – ClimateWise publishes new guide to multi-sector collaboration on infrastructure risk and resilience.

The City Innovation Platform: A guide to multi-sector collaboration on resilience

3 May 2017

May 2017 – This guide looks at the City Innovation Platform (CIP), a two-day workshop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 2016. The CIP explored how the public and private sectors can collaborate more effectively to deliver sustainable, financeable and insurable infrastructure projects. The workshop involved the active participation from a city network of senior Dar city officials, the insurance industry, asset managers and the private sector.

Press Release: ClimateWise CEOs call for more action in building resilience to climate change – 1 October 2015

7 March 2017

PRESS RELEASE ClimateWise CEOs call for more action in building resilience to climate change CEOs of ClimateWise welcome the Prudential Regulation Authority’s assessment of the impact of climate change on the insurance industry, yet warn that more needs to be done to improve resilience 1 October 2015 The leaders of 15...

ClimateWise CEOs call for more climate action with open letter

7 March 2017

1 October 2015 – ClimateWise members write open letter to the UK’s Prudential Regulation Authority.

Article: Action around adaptation

7 March 2017

1 September 2015 – RISKAFRICA, Africa’s leading business risk and insurance magazine, looks at the role of insurers and brokers in tackling climate change.

AXA Futures panel debate on climate change: ‘Can Business Save the Planet?'

7 March 2017

10 November 2015, Imperial College, London – The recent announcement that 1°C of global warming has already occurred, and sooner than predicted, is stark evidence that not enough is being done to tackle the issue of climate change. The AXA Futures panel debate sought to hear the expert opinions of leaders from business, government and NGOs to discuss whether business ‘Can Save the Planet’ – or perhaps not; not alone, in any case.

The Paris climate deal: did it change the world?

2 March 2017

16 December 2015 – Speech by Maurice Tulloch, Chief Executive Officer, Aviva UK General Insurance and Chairman of ClimateWise.

ClimateWise welcomes the TCFD’s draft disclosure recommendations

28 February 2017

28 February 2017 – ClimateWise also calls for closer alignment across both sides of insurers’ balance sheets.