On October 27, 80 participants from various organizations and a wide geographic scope gathered for the workshop Insurance for Safer Roads, co-hosted by AXA, Zurich, Nestlé and the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP).
This first-of-its-kind workshop sought to look at new levers to improve road safety from the perspective of the insurance industry, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries. Gaëlle Olivier (AXA), Margie Peden (WHO) and Soames Job (World Bank) opened the event with keynote speeches stressing the urgency of the topic and the critical role insurers can play in road safety worldwide. This was followed by an engaging panel discussion hosted by GRSP CEO, Dr Barry Watson, and 3 parallel workshops sharing best practice on: Innovation in road safety education; Embedding road safety in products and services; and Public-Private partnerships.
Opportunities coming from new technologies and responsible use of data were also explored to help insurers, public authorities and civil society contribute to safer roads.
This workshop is part of a long-term initiative undertaken by AXA, Zurich, Nestle and the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), with support from eDriving, which will result in the release of a research report “Defining the road safety business case; Guiding the insurance sector to impact road safety”. The report, which will integrate the workshop’s insights, will tackle the issue of data and build the business case for insurers to work towards safer roads through investigation of 4 primary themes:
- Detailing the scope and nature of the road safety problem worldwide and the role of the insurance sector in collision prevention.
- Defining the business case for why collision prevention is a smart objective for the insurance sector.
- Identifying how the insurance sector can help prevent collisions.
- Exploring the emerging technologies and trends in society which will help prevent collisions in the future.
The report will remain a “living document” through continuous updates within GRSP´s resource centre and will serve as a basis for future discussions about insurance and road safety at international public events. The report´s public launch in both print and digital versions is planned to coincide with the UN Global Road Safety Week, 8-14 May 2017.
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