Year in review 2012

The Allianz year 2012 in keywords

Representatives from 16 countries join the debates at the Berlin Demography Forum
Representatives from 16 countries join the debates at the Berlin Demography Forum

At the second Berlin Demography Forum, which will take place in Berlin on January 9 and 10, 2013, the debate about demographic change will move from a purely German to an international level. Of the 40 speakers at the Forum, almost half will be coming from abroad. In this way, the Berlin Demography Forum responds to the international relevance of the topic, creates a platform for an exchange of best practices and distinguishes itself from other approaches to the topic.

Allianz strengthens its presence in Benelux region
Allianz strengthens its presence in Benelux region

Integration of Allianz Belgium and Allianz Netherlands / Combination of complementary strengths in local markets / Expansion of market position by joint investments in services for customers and distribution partners / Robert Franssen to lead integration and to become Regional CEO Allianz Benelux

Michael Diekmann, CEO
Europe 2022

In these months policy decisions are taken in Europe under the dark shadow of the sovereign debt crisis. The short-term policy decisions need to be compatible with long-term goals. They should be guided by a clear target picture for the EU and the euro in 2022.

Allianz presents seven pillars for the future of Europe
Allianz presents seven pillars for the future of Europe

Flaws in the present euro framework must be eliminated / European integration and unity must be elevated to a new level / Reforms and structural changes key to getting Europe back on track

Berlin Demography Forum promotes dialogue between the generations
Berlin Demography Forum promotes dialogue between the generations

Young experts engage in discussion prior to the forum and agree that starting a family is more difficult now than it was before / Prof. Lehr, retired German minister, called upon people to "not contribute to demographic change but have the courage to start a family!"

"Image crises can have a long term adverse effect on the value of a company"
"Image crises can have a long term adverse effect on the value of a company"

"It takes twenty years to establish a good reputation - and five minutes to destroy it." In the era of social media, this statement made by investment guru Warren Buffet is truer than ever. How can companies manage their reputations - and how can an insurance company contribute? Joachim Albers from the industrial insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty provides some answers. There he is responsible for Financial Lines product development, which has recently begun offering "Reputation Protection Insurance".

Reaching out to clients after Sandy
Reaching out to clients after Sandy

Hurricane Sandy created havoc along the American east coast this fall. William F. Dalton, Director of the Property Claims Service Center at Allianz’ US subsidiary Fireman’s Fund, and his colleague Mary Bergjans of Claims and Risk Services speak about their experiences over the last weeks.

Losses from natural catastrophes
When the government has to fix everything once again

Natural catastrophes like hurricane Sandy are enough of an existential peril as it is. But the public sector is increasing the risk even further by making the wrong insurance commitments.