Marsh’s initiative that will recognise US-based corporates with superior ESG frameworks; will be rolled out in London next

Marsh has launched of a new directors and officers liability (D&O) insurance initiative that will recognise US-based clients with superior environmental, social, and governance (ESG) frameworks.

Under the initiative, participating Marsh clients will engage with select international law firms including Norton Rose Fulbright and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP to independently review, evaluate, and, in some cases, bolster their ESG frameworks.

The businesses will then be considered for preferred D&O policy terms and conditions on ESG-related exposures – such as climate change disclosures and representations – from four participating D&O carriers: AIG; Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance; Sompo International; and Zurich North America. 

Amy Barnes, head of Climate & Sustainability Strategy at Marsh, added: “Marsh is proud to introduce D&O coverage enhancements that recognise organisations taking a proactive approach to managing the risks associated with ESG, including the transition to a low-carbon economy.”

”We look forward to replicating this initiative in London and in other parts of the world over the coming months.”

Rewarding ESG

The move comes amid an uptick in ESG-related stakeholder activism and litigation, as well as an evolving global regulatory environment.

It also demonstrates how investing in robust ESG initiatives can positively impact organisations’ bottom lines.

“Our clients have endured one of the most challenging D&O markets in decades, and the risk landscape is only intensifying, especially as it relates to ESG issues like climate change and diversity,” said Maureen Gorman, a managing director in Marsh’s US FINPRO Practice.

“As clients continue to invest in ESG initiatives, it is right that they be recognised as a better risk by underwriters. By working with these select law firms, we are ensuring clients have access to leading independent ESG expertise that can help validate and elevate their ESG efforts, becoming eligible for more favorable coverage.”