OECD Guidelines on Insurer Governance

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The OECD Guidelines on Insurer Governance offer a comprehensive set of principles on the governance of insurers that are intended to provide guidance and serve as a reference point for insurers, governmental authorities, and other relevant stakeholders in OECD and non-OECD countries. As financial institutions whose business is the acceptance and management of insurable risk, insurers should have sound governance and risk management practices so that they will be in a position to provide promised benefits to policyholders and beneficiaries and thus fulfil their insurance function in the economy.

The Guidelines on Insurer Governance emphasise the following key elements of insurer governance: an expected prudent approach to business and financial strategies; a well developed risk culture and risk management and internal control systems, supported by effective and independent control functions and integrated firm-wide reporting; sound compensation arrangements; a high level of financial expertise among board members and within senior management; and policies and procedures that ensure proper treatment of customers and policyholders. The Guidelines complement the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance, one of the twelve key Financial Stability Board standards for sound financial systems.

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The following guidelines are applicable to any insurer licensed to underwrite life, non–life and reinsurance policies and take into account the specificities of the sector. They are designed in light of the overriding objective of an insurance undertaking, which is to provide benefits to the insured in accordance with the contracts concluded with them, and satisfy its shareholders (member–policyholders in the case of mutual insurers). Given the specificity of the reinsurance business, some guidelines relating to stakeholder protection may not be fully applicable.

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