Risk management aims to build value for all PZU Group stakeholders by actively and deliberately managing the quantum of risk accepted. The essence of the process also involves preventing the acceptance of risk at a level that could pose a threat to the financial stability of the PZU Group, which is also a financial conglomerate.
Risk management in the PZU Group is based on risk analysis in all processes and units. Risk management is an integral part of the management system.
To ensure sectoral consistency and the execution of the strategic plans of individual companies as well as the business objectives of the entire PZU Group, the main elements of PZU Group’s risk management have been implemented. They include among others:
Entities from the other financial market sectors are additionally obligated to apply the appropriate standards for a given sector. The adopted internal regulations specify among others:
The risk management system in the PZU Group is based on the following:
PZU exercises supervision over the PZU Group’s risk management system on the basis of mutual cooperation agreements entered into with Group entities. PZU manages the PZU Group risk from an aggregated perspective and on the basis of the information provided thereunder. The agreements entered into and the scope of information to be provided take into consideration the specific legal nature of each entity, including limitations arising from banking secrecy rules.
In addition, PZU as the leading entity in the financial conglomerate manages risk concentration at the level of the overall conglomerate. The leading entity has established the risk concentration management standards, in particular through introduction of rules for identification, measurement and assessment, monitoring and reporting of significant risk concentration and making managerial decisions.
Additionally, the PZU Group has in place processes to ensure the effectiveness of risk management at the PZU Group level. The risk management rules applicable to the subsidiaries include a recommendation issued by PZU regarding the organization of the risk management system in those entities (both insurance and banking sector subsidiaries). Additionally, guidelines regulating the various risk management processes in the PZU Group entities are also issued from time to time.
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 implementation of an adequate and effective risk management system.
Supervision over the risk management systems in the various financial sector unites is exercised by the supervisory boards to which PZU appoints its representatives.