Florence Bindelle

The last month was a difficult time for FERMA. We have all been very affected by the sudden loss of our Secretary General Edwin V Meyer. All the board and the risk community shared their sympathy in these sad moments. Edwin initiated and was leading major projects such as international programmes and the technical content of the FERMA Forum 2015, in addition to his prominent new role as secretary general. FERMA has moved forward with the reassignment of his major tasks. At the same time, in many meetings his presence and spirit still drive our actions and remind us of the direction we should take.

Our activities are continuing, and we address warm thanks to the 2015 Forum committee and the partners who are working hard to make the conference in Venice a unique professional event for you all. As an example, we have developed a joint communication and marketing plan with our partners and members to enlarge the scope of outreach to our target segments. On the technical side, during the Forum, manifestos will be presented on the four main issues that interest risk managers. Volunteers from our national associations are engaged in our working groups.

On cyber insurance, we welcomed two officials of the French Ministry on cyber security and insurance coverage. The EU-OSHA conference on combatting workplace stress took place in Brussels where we were one of the official partner organisations honoured by EU-OHSA as part of the event.

FERMA is preparing a guidance paper for organisations on risk management aspects of their duty of care for work-related international travel and assignments, and we will call for expert risk managers to be interviewed.

The first training session for risk managers on the Environmental Liability Directive (ELD) has been fixed for 17-19 June. It is open to 15 risk managers on a first come, first served basis.

Our main project of Certification is moving ahead and the steering committee organised a conference call with all the key actors to ensure we are aligned with our members on intended outcomes and the main components of the framework.

We are proud to have welcomed a young Russian student, Maxim, from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations this month.

Finally, I personally congratulate our President Julia Graham on her appointment as Technical Director of Airmic. I am convinced that her experience in the profession and with associations will contribute to the further development of the profession. We are delighted she is able to complete her terms as president and board member, and wish her great success.