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Weather Risk Insurance Provider Meteo Protect Approved as Lloyd’s Coverholder

Meteo Protect, the European leader in weather risk management, has been named a Coverholder at Lloyd’s, the specialist insurance market.  In this capacity, Meteo Protect holds the authority to underwrite and issue policies on behalf of Lloyd’s syndicates. Meteo Protect’s Coverholder status connects it with Lloyd’s worldwide specialist insurance and reinsurance market; Lloyd’s covers more than 200 territories globally.

“We are extremely proud of this expression of trust from Lloyd’s. Meteo Protect’s Coverholder relationship with Lloyd’s offers a wealth of new opportunities to provide weather index-based insurance to the market” said Gabriel Gross, CEO of Meteo Protect. “As the market has developed with a significant growth in weather sensitive businesses seeking customized hedging solutions, so has Meteo Protect evolved to have strong international distribution partnerships with leading risk takers, financial institutions and agricultural cooperatives and associations, now including the specialist classes of business underwritten at Lloyd’s.”

“The Lloyd’s market is always innovating and bringing insurance solutions to meet the needs of businesses and organisations across the world. We are delighted for Meteo Protect to deliver innovative climate change mitigation solutions to Lloyd’s syndicates”, says Guy-Antoine de La Rochefoucauld, Director for Lloyd’s France. “The Lloyd’s Coverholder structure allows innovation-driven providers like Meteo Protect to bring new ideas and expertise to businesses with the strong financial backing for which Lloyd’s is recognised.”

“The Lloyd’s Coverholder structure allows innovation-driven providers like Meteo Protect to bring new ideas and expertise to businesses with the strong financial backing for which Lloyd’s is recognised.”

Guy-Antoine de La Rochefoucauld, Director for Lloyd’s France

Meteo Protect is an underwriting and brokerage firm specializing in structuring, pricing, delivering and managing weather parametric insurance for weather-sensitive businesses with a focus on the agriculture and agri-food and the energy sector.  Meteo Protect’s proprietary white label underwriting and pricing platform, Vivaldi, allows insurance companies to provide full automated and customized weather risk financial solutions to their clients. It leverages the SAP HANA® platform to provide completely customized insurance for any weather-related risk.

With business across three continents, Meteo Protect currently works with several major global and local insurers, cooperatives and associations in the agriculture world to provide protection on weather risks to their clients or members, and with eight of the fifteen largest energy companies worldwide in helping them to reduce or even eliminate their exposure to volumetric and price risks.

The Paris climate agreement is ratified – What does this mean for businesses?

CEO in jail

On the heels of the entry into force of the historic Paris agreement on climate change, a legal opinion declares that directors who don’t properly consider the material impacts of climate change on their business risk personal liability for breach of duty. With this, business leaders are inexorably confronted with the need to consider climate change and sustainability risks for their companies, and to price, mitigate, and manage them accordingly. Is your business ready to bring climate change and sustainability to the board?

This past month the world celebrated the ratification of the historic Paris climate change agreement, years sooner than expected, particularly given that is the single largest piece of climate change legislation ever enacted. The agreement, signed by 196 attending parties, achieves a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels. It was the outcome of the 21st meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, held in Paris from 30 November to 12 December 2015.

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An Olympic Blunder in Risk Management?

Millions in revenue lost for delays, cancellations and rerouting of sports events

rio under the rain

It was the first day medals were to be awarded for the Olympic rowing regatta, and yet no racing was taking place. Rain and persistent strong winds lashed the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon in Rio de Janeiro leading to the postponing, and eventually, the cancellation, of racing, with organizers and team managers scrambling to prepare a revised schedule for the following day. Similarly, tennis competitions were delayed on outside courts.

In fact, the weather has been a hot topic for a number of sports this year. In June, it sparked outrage among players in the French Open, with the first complete cancellation of matches at the French Open since the year 2000 and other damp days resulting in delays and frustrations from players and organizers alike. Guy Forget, the Director of the Roland Garros Tournament, took the brunt of criticism for the controversial decision to play as long as possible, even in conditions considered difficult if not dangerous, by the competitors.

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How Businesses are Influencing the Relationship between the Weather and Consumer Demand

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When it comes to weather affecting consumer behaviour and purchase decisions, it has long been known that weather has an impact on consumer demand. The food we eat, clothes we wear, and how, where and how much we buy has all been scientifically proven to be influenced by the weather, it being second only to the economy in being the biggest single influencer on consumer behaviour.

Indeed, every day people make purchasing decisions based on the weather, from buying ice cream, sandals and swimsuits in the summer, hot soups and snow tyres in the winter, and less of beer and bottled water as autumn approaches. In turn, the seasonal cycle of weather purchases are accounted for by supply chain managers in stocking store rooms and giving discounts to clear out product before the seasonal event- or the season itself- leaves stockpiles of unsellable wares in their hands.

But what if everything we have known to be true about how the weather affects consumer behaviour and our ability to control this relationship was wrong? What if the seemingly uni-directional, unmanipulatable relationship between the weather and consumer behaviour was now being found to be being turned on its head? Specifically, what if a business could influence the relationship between the weather and consumers to its advantage?

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