I invite our members and colleagues to have a look at the FERMA Annual Report 2014. Available on the FERMA website, it is the first that we have published. The report presents our achievements during 2014 and our plans for 2015. As you will see, in 2015 we are focusing our efforts on technical, event and education developments.

Certification and our Risk Management Forum on 4-7 October are our two biggest projects, but far from the only ones. An example is the organisation of training for our members on the Environmental Liability Directive (ELD) which will take place in June. We also held an ELD meeting with other European stakeholders in Brussels in May.

Our call for risk managers to support our initiative with ecoDa, the directors’ organisation, and AIG on risk committees has met with great success. Most of the positive responses came from the UK, and we have still room for further interviews, especially from other countries. We will be participating in a joint conference on risk governance and emerging risks with our partners in July.

Our paper on duty of care for international business travelers is progressing. We have received more than 80 responses to our one-minute survey on travel risks and it is still open for more replies.

The FERMA team of President Julia Graham, Deputy President Jo Willaert and I attended the annual RIMS conference in April, held this year in New Orleans. It was a useful conference where we meet an amazing number of colleagues and suppliers. The highlight of FERMA’s presence was the meeting of the board of the International Federation of Risk and Insurance Management Associations (IFRIMA) where the international risk management core competency framework and code of conduct was was adopted. A group composed of FERMA, Airmic, AMRAE and PARIMA was established to discuss the strategy and protocol for how this will operate. The next meeting will take place at the FERMA Forum.

You will not be surprised to hear that in the coming months we will concentrate our efforts on the Forum. October will arrive surprisingly quickly. Registration is now open and all the market is expecting your presence. In the meantime, we will hold our General Assembly in Brussels on 25 June and we will have more FERMA news for you soon afterwards.