Our current corporate strategy encompasses ten guiding principles that safeguard the realisation of our vision “Creating value through reinsurance” across the various divisions. The following principles of the corporate strategy constitute the key strategic points of departure for our Group-wide risk management:
Our risk strategy is derived from the corporate strategy. It is the core element in our handling of opportunities and risks. The risk strategy specifies more closely the goals of risk management and documents our understanding of risk. We have defined eight overriding principles within the risk strategy:
The risk strategy, risk register and central system of limits and thresholds – as integral components of our Risk and Capital Management Guideline – are reviewed at least once a year. In this way we ensure that our risk management system is kept up-to-date.
We manage our total enterprise risk such that we can expect to generate positive IFRS Group net income with a probability of 90% p. a. and the likelihood of the complete loss of our economic capital and shareholders’ equity under IFRS does not exceed 0.03% p. a. Our solvency ratio must amount to at least 180%, although 200% is already considered to be a threshold; countermeasures would be triggered if the solvency ratio were to fall below this threshold. These indicators are monitored using our internal capital model and the Executive Board is informed quarterly about adherence to these key parameters as part of regular risk reporting. The necessary equity resources are determined according to the requirements of our economic capital model, regulatory parameters, the expectations of rating agencies with respect to our target rating and the expectations of our clients. Above and beyond that, we maintain a capital cushion in order to be able to act on new business opportunities at any time.