As a company that helps people and businesses protect themselves from risk, QBE has a focus on sustainability, and the identification of current and emerging environmental, social and governance (ESG) trends, is an integral part of achieving our purpose, understanding the needs of our customers and ensuring the sustainability of our own business.
ABOUT THE IMAGE: QBE aims to support the development of sustainable cities and communities around the world. Through an insurance intermediary, QBE provides insurance coverage to The Commons, a sustainable urban development. The Commons is a mixed‑use apartment building which creates a sense of community. Located in Melbourne, Australia, the building represents better quality housing which pays equal attention to sustainability, liveability and financial return.
About this Sustainability Report
This Sustainability Report covers the activities of QBE across its operations during the financial year ended 31 December 2018. All financial figures are quoted in US dollars unless otherwise stated. We engaged Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu to provide independent limited assurance over QBE’s global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data, selected workforce‑related metrics and the total number of Premiums4Good impact investments and associated financial value for the year ended 31 December 2018.
This limited assurance engagement has been undertaken in accordance with the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board’s Australian Standards on Assurance Engagements ASAE 3000 Assurance Engagements Other than Audits or Reviews of Historical Financial Information and ASAE 3410 Assurance Engagement on Greenhouse Gas Statements.
The purpose of this was to provide QBE management with limited assurance over the reported data, calculated in accordance with selected disclosure requirements outlined in the Global Reporting Initiative Standards and QBE’s Sustainability Reporting Framework, including its GHG Reporting Framework. The full limited assurance statement, which includes a summary of the specific reporting criteria used for each of the selected metrics, is available at the end of this Report.