Univé

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an Univé outlet in Nijmegen

Univé is a cooperative insurance company in the Netherlands. Univé presents itself as a nonprofit insurer, to express that making profit is not important and therefore has cheaper products.

Organization[edit]

There is no one single Univé. Univé is a cooperative association of 26 member cooperatives. These regional cooperatives have about 150 outlets in the Netherlands.

The central Univé organization consists of two large insurance companies, namely a life insurer, based in Assen and a health insurer in Alkmaar. The headquarters of the central organization is in Arnhem.

The regional cooperatives are themselves mutual insurance, which operate regionally. Each of these mutuals is in itself a provider of fire and storm insurances, and acts as an intermediary for the central insurance. The regional offices also sell other financial products such as life insurance and mortgages. Because the stated goal of the association is to provide the best possible services for the members (policyholders), the mutuals also offer other financial services products.

Both the central organization as the mutuals have each their own separate executive boards.

There are several affiliated organizations and companies.

  • Compander is an expertise company that performs expert reports, in particular for fire and car damage. This company is 100% owned by Univé.
  • The Stichting Univé Rechtshulp (Univé juridical assistance foundation) was established as an implementing agency for legal expenses insurance. It is owned by Univé.

Univé has about 3,100 employees, about half of them employed by the mutuals.

In May 2006, a collaboration with health insurer VGZ-IZA-Triassic was announced. The merger has been approved by the NMa and De Nederlandsche Bank and is effective as of January 1, 2007. The name of the insurance is for now Univé-VGZ-IZA-Trias.

History[edit]

Univé is the result of many mergers. The present company was founded in 1991 by the merger of DLG (Assen) and Novo (Zwolle). A year later health insurer Ziekenfonds Noord-Holland Noord from Alkmaar joined Unive, which has since dissolved again[when?]

The affiliated mutuals have a much longer history. The oldest existing mutual (mutual insurance Unive North Groningen BA) was founded in 1794.

Since 1996, Univé has had a website presence on the Internet. In 1997 the first online insurance (a moped policy) was sold.

Criticism[edit]

The television program Zembla [1] and TROS Radar [2] paid attention the way Univé uses the agency's own damages expert Compander, which would not operate independently. Because of this insured would be disadvantaged.
On July 25 2012 the ICT magazine Webwereld published information, in which Univé confirmed that they tried to delete negative information on Wikipedia and included their company's slogan, although this is strictly against Wikipedia guidelines which prohibit using Wikipedia for commercial purposes. However, an Univé spokesperson declared that it was their task to maintain their Wikipedia page.[3] It is unknown if Univé's statement was made out of ignorance of the Wikipedia guidelines, or if they believe that they are not bound by these guidelines which have to be accepted when using Wikipedia.

Community Involvement[edit]

In their capacity as damages insurer's Unive is involved in various initiatives aimed at limiting damages and their consequences as a sponsor, for example Veilig Verkeer Nederland and Slachtofferhulp Nederland.

Sponsorships[edit]

Univé is nationally known as a sponsor of

Univé also sponsors the Unive Gym Gala and was involved in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship organized in the Netherlands.

The name of Univé is attached to the Univé Stadium of first division football club FC Emmen.

The regional mutuals also occur independently as sponsors of sporting and cultural events in their own region.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zembla, "Verzekerd van ellende", broadcast on February 8, 2009
  2. ^ TROS Radar, "Schadebureaus niet onafhankelijk", broadcast October 31, 2011
  3. ^ "Univé poetst kritiek uit Wikipedia-lemm" (in Dutch). Webwereld. 2012-07-25. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 

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