Our activities

The Berne Union provides opportunities for its members to discuss professional matters and to exchange views and experiences.

Annual General Meeting and Committee Meetings
These two annual meetings provide a forum for members to discuss current industry topics, as well as valuable networking opportunities.

Discussions reflect broad aspects of international trade, international finance and developments in specific industry sectors. Business organisation, civil society matters, transparency and social and corporate responsibility have become more prominent topics in recent years.

The meetings take place over four or five days and are hosted by a Berne Union member on a rotating basis. Senior management of member companies usually attend.

Seminars and workshops
We have several workshops and seminars every year. These focus on specific topics (for example, project finance, claims & recoveries, country or corporate risk assessment, SMEs and reputation risk).

We invite speakers from both member and non-member companies and organisations.

Collaborations
We have long-standing relationships with the leading international and regional financial institutions and key partners in the credit and investment insurance industry.

We have always had strong links with globally significant organisations such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the IMF and the World Bank group. Speakers from these organisations regularly attend Berne Union meetings.

We are also in regular contact with the regional development banks, in particular with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

We also work closely with the other major credit insurance associations, including the International Credit Insurance & Surety Association (ICISA). Many Berne Union members belong to two or more trade associations.

Berne Union Intranet
In addition to meetings we provide an online meeting and information space for all Berne Union members.

The Berne Union Intranet allows all members’ employees, whatever role they play in their organisations, to benefit from the information shared within the Berne Union. It allows them to exchange views and experiences with colleagues worldwide. It gives them global access to real-time information and exchanges, enables networking and collaboration possibilities and provides key data relevant for decision making.