As our members – and indeed the world – face the unique challenges posed by climate change, the IFoA recognises its unique responsibility to support members with the challenges of today and the future. Navigating this new world requires new thinking and, over the past year, you have told us what would make a positive difference for you. We have listened.
You’ve told us how important it is that we, as a body, demonstrate our investment in the public interest – and our refreshed thought leadership programme was born. We now move that thinking forward with ‘The Road to Glasgow: IFoA’s Sustainability Thought Leadership Series’. Launched in September, this series is designed to help influence the wider financial sector and society to drive greater ambition and progress against national and global sustainability targets.
You’ve told us that a premium qualification and career-long learning is a key part of your membership journey, and we’ve launched a Sustainability and Climate Risk ‘short course’ to provide you with a meaningful opportunity to enhance your skills in this regard.
And you’ve told us that in this ‘digital first’ world, your online member experience needs to be seamless and worthwhile. We’ve taken meaningful steps to improve this, including making all IFoA online events free to access for members, moving exams fully online, and preparing to launch a new IFoA website in the first half of 2022. Having events online gives us a much bigger audience reach, which is now at record levels. They’re better for the environment, too.
There is more to come in the months ahead; your needs continue to drive our change, and, as our members face challenges, in sustainability and beyond, we remain here to support you today and in the future.
Stephen Mann is the chief executive of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries