As financial institutions whose business is the acceptance and management of risk,
insurers are expected to have sound governance practices and effective risk management
systems. The nature of their business activities requires insurers to be subject to
tailored guidance on their risks and responsibilities.
The OECD Guidelines on Insurer Governance provide guidance and serve as a reference
point for insurers, governmental authorities, and other relevant stakeholders in OECD
and non-OECD countries. The Guidelines have been revised and expanded for the second
time since they were first adopted in 2005 to reflect evolving market practices and
updates to international guidance following the financial crisis.