NEW YORK – Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE:) has launched a new initiative named Unity, in collaboration with the Ukrainian government and multiple banks, to facilitate the safe export of essential food supplies from Ukraine amidst ongoing conflict. The announcement made today highlights Unity’s role in providing affordable insurance solutions that will aid in the secure transportation of Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea ports.
Unity offers hull and protection & indemnity (P&I) war risk coverage up to $50 million, insured by Lloyd’s of London. The program’s innovative structure allows for an affordable assessment and pricing of risks. To support this endeavor, standby letters of credit have been provided by Ukreximbank and Ukrgasbank, with confirmation from DZ Bank.
The significance of this program lies in its potential to maintain stable global food supplies, a concern heightened by the conflict in Ukraine. Many developing nations rely heavily on Ukrainian grain exports, and Unity is poised to mitigate risks associated with its transport, thus contributing to global food security.
Additionally, Unity is seen as a step toward aiding Ukraine’s recovery and reconstruction post-conflict while streamlining supply chains affected by the war. This move could enhance Marsh & McLennan’s reputation as a leader in risk management, demonstrating its capability to navigate complex geopolitical challenges and contribute to building resilience.
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