Michelle Worvell reports from the launch of the CII's strategic manifesto for the next five years, held up in the clouds at London's Gherkin building.
On a foggy morning in London at the top of The Gherkin building, 100 industry leaders gathered at the launch event of the Chartered Insurance Institute's (CII) new strategic manifesto.
Sian Fisher, chief executive officer of the CII, was joined on stage by members of her executive management team to announce the professional body's five-year plan, at an event hosted by well known financial journalist Adam Shaw.
The manifesto outlines an internal change programme designed to ensure the professional body is more relevant, modern and diverse, following an extensive consultation with members and a strategic review supported by PwC.
During the event, Ms Fisher called for the wider profession's support for the programme of change. "We all know insurance is a force for social good. Along with education and medical care, it is one of the three great empowerers of all our lives. The public believes two of these are provided by professionals -- but it does not believe the same about insurance. This is a challenge but also an amazing opportunity for all of us. Join with the CII on a shared journey to build a proud profession. And together we will build public trust."
The event concluded with Ms Fisher calling upon the profession to work together with the CII to build public trust in order to ensure competence, integrity and care for the customers. She stated: "It's about behaviour, not words. This is why we can be one profession. It doesn't matter which insurance tribe we belong to -- a professional is the same. The power of professional standards is the same. The public doesn't see the tribe -- it sees the profession."
â To find out more about the CII's plans and to see a video of the event go to: www.cii.co.uk/manifesto
"A key aim outlined in the manifesto was a focus on attracting young people into the industry as they leave school and university. The CII said it would work with employers to encourage job-seekers to see insurance as a
"Industry veteran [Sian] Fisher, who took up her post as CEO in February 2016, spoke passionately of the need for the insurance profession to avoid fragmenting and compartmentalising itself into different insurance 'tribes' of life general, commercial, wholesale insurance and reinsurance, but rather unite around a core commonality of industry professionalism."
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Branko Bjelobaba of Branko Ltd said:
"I was pleased to be invited to the launch of the 2021 manifesto and to support Sian and her team in their vision for our professional body going forward. In particular I am looking forward to the day when all firms giving advice are Chartered"
Tweets from the event»
Sian Fisher finishes @CIIGroup strategic manifesto launch, reminding us insurance can be a huge cause for common good #ChooseToCare #Trust
David Williams: @CIIGroup Very inspiring messaging! Demystifies the CII strategy! Congratulations!
Praveen Gupta: @CIIGroup Manifesto launch this morning outlining plans to tackle lack of trust in industry. Shame about fog marring view from the Gherkin!
Rebecca Hancock: With the @CIIGroup this morning at the launch of its new strategic manifesto www.cii.co.uk/manifesto #2021Roadmap #insuranceEC3/Legal LLP
Looking forward to learning about @CIIGroup's new public trust index for insurance, especially how it works and how it will be marketed