Only 11 of 88 insurers surveyed have formal policies in place to deal with mounting risks due to climate change, according to a report from The National Assn. of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). NAIC surveyed 88 leading insurers about climate change in public filings with state insurance commissioners and the extent to which they’re factoring it into their business models. Disclosures were filed in six states: New York, New Jersey, California, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington.
Larger organizations in the industry tend to invest in resources that could drive more climate-resilient underwriting practices. Smaller insurers—the ones that embody a large percentage of the industry—do little to protect themselves and are the most vulnerable.