by C:F Team on 4th October, 2011 at 11:34 AM CEST
Hey C:F fans!
Looking forward to finding out more about our Facing 21st Century Disasters challenge partner: Zavarovalnica Triglav? Being an insurance company, they could tell us about disasters prevention, youth preparation against future disasters or some interesting stories and claims for insurances.
Triglav Group is the leading insurance-financial group in Slovenia and is one of the leading groups in South East Europe. Today, the company employs over 5,200 people and has a network of subsidiaries and branches in eight countries in its key market, South Eastern Europe.
Being curious by nature, we asked them a few questions. Let’s see how it turned out:
1. Napolean Bonaparte once said "A leader has the right to fail, but never the right to be surprised". What would be you advice to youths worldwide about how to be the best prepared on possible failures/disasters?
We believe that in life you have to be prepared for good things as well as bad, because it is inevitable that there will be times in ones life where it will seem that everything is going in the wrong direction as well as times when you feel on top of the world. My advice would be never to despair as things are never as terrible as they may seem at first. If you are prepared to work hard, to always uphold high moral and ethical standards and to use each opportunity to grow, I see no reason to not overcome anything life may throw at you.
2. As an insurance company, you are currently providing insurances for various sectors of our society in very different regions. Which disasters/ accidents will be the most frequent in next 20 years from the perspective of ZT insurances?
We believe that we must be aware about the climate change. We expect the continuous occurrence of natural disasters in the upcoming years. Extreme weather conditions are becoming more common and affect us with an increasing intensity. Natural disasters in the world and also in Slovenia take the form of earthquakes, drought, hail and extreme rainfalls as well as powerful storms. Due to the increase in the population concentration and the value of their property in urban areas, the level of economic damage is increasing.
3. For those disasters (question No2) what is the most important for mankind to tackle: prevention, preparedness or adaptation?
We all play a significant role concerning the above mentioned disasters. We must adapt to this threat by paying attention to the way we build our properties and how we protect our belongings. From the stand point of natural disaster threats, insurance companies bear a significant role in terms of responsibility by providing adequate insurance options as well as quickly dealing with its consequences. We must be more socially responsible. In Zavarovalnica Triglav that is one of our three key values and we take it extremely seriously and act accordingly.
4. As an insurance company, you must be well- acquainted with many accidents & disasters one can face. Could you recall one inspiring anecdote, the most weird accident/disaster that anyone approached you to claimed the payment or to insure?
Every claim is a story in itself. And even though situations are sometime somewhat strange, or even funny, we must take into account, that the damage in itself is always uncomfortable or even tragic, because it affects someone personally. So when considering claims (disasters and accidents) we don't look at them from the viewpoint of their weirdness but from the type and magnitude of its consequences. We deal with every claim with the needed responsibility.