Objective of risk management

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Risk

Oversight over the risk management system of the entire PZU Group
Oversight over the risk management system of the entire PZU Group
Risk management through active and deliberate management of the extent of risk taken
Risk management through active and deliberate management of the extent of risk taken
Efficient management of capital in order to maximize the rate of return on equity for the parent company’s shareholders.
Efficient management of capital in order to maximize the rate of return on equity for the parent company’s shareholders.
Consistency of the key elements of the integrated management system for all PZU Group’s insurance undertakings
Consistency of the key elements of the integrated management system for all PZU Group’s insurance undertakings
Supervision of subsidiaries, in particular Alior Bank and Bank Pekao, through persons designated to Supervisory Boards
Supervision of subsidiaries, in particular Alior Bank and Bank Pekao, through persons designated to Supervisory Boards
Risk management as an integral part of the management process, based on risk analysis in all processes and units
Risk management as an integral part of the management process, based on risk analysis in all processes and units
Reference Areas:
Health
Investments
Banking
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Risk management in the PZU Group aims to do the following:

  • enhance the PZU Group’s value through active and deliberate management of the extent of risk taken;
  • prevent the acceptance of risk at a level that could pose a threat to the PZU Group’s financial stability.

Risk management in the PZU Group is based on analyzing risk in all processes and units and it is an integral part of the management process.

The main elements of the integrated risk management system are aligned to one another in all of the PZU Group’s insurance companies. They have been implemented to ensure the execution of the various companies’ strategic plans and the overall PZU Group’s business objectives. They include the following:

  • systems of limits and limitations on the acceptable level of risk, including the level of risk appetite;
  • processes involving the identification, measurement and assessment, monitoring and controlling, reporting and management measures pertaining to various risks;
  • risk management organizational structure in which the management boards and supervisory boards of the companies and dedicated committees play a crucial role.

Entities from other financial market sectors are required to apply the standards applicable to a given sector. The adopted internal regulations specify among others:

  • processes, methods and procedures facilitating risk measurement and management;
  • segregation of duties in the risk management process;
  • scope and conditions and the frequency of risk management reporting.

PZU exercises supervision over the PZU Group’s risk management system on the basis of cooperation agreements entered into with other Group entities and the information provided thereunder. It manages risk at the PZU Group level on an aggregate basis, especially with respect to capital requirements.

In addition, the PZU Group has processes to ensure the effectiveness of risk management at the PZU Group level. The risk management rules applicable to the PZU Group’s subsidiaries include a recommendation issued by PZU (the parent) regarding the organization of the risk management system in insurance sector and banking sector subsidiaries.

The management boards of PZU Group entities are responsible for fulfilling their own duties in accordance with the generally applicable provisions of national and international law. In particular, they are responsible for the implementation of an adequate and effective risk management system.

Supervision over the risk management systems in each regulated entity is exercised by supervisory boards. PZU designates its representatives to the Supervisory Boards of its subsidiaries, including in particular Alior Bank and Bank Pekao. 

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