What is director’s liability insurance?
Directors’ liability insurance is intended for board members, directors, supervisors, and supervisory directors of organisations, foundations, and associations. This insurance protects all officials against claims for damages following an administrative error. And allows them not to be personally liable.
Examples of administrative errors
You forgot to pay premiums. Or you did not provide enough information to a supervisory body. Or a company has financial damage through your fault. After an error, you can receive a claim for damages from, for example, the government, employees, or customers.
No protection with other liability insurance policies
Business liability insurance or personal liability insurance does not protect directors.
Is it mandatory?
It is not mandatory to take out directors' liability insurance.
What is usually insured?
- Liability due to poor performance of your duties. Which caused damage. This is also known as improper job performance.
- Liability for damage because you did something that is illegal . This is called an unlawful act (onrechtmatige daad).
- Internal liability: there is damage within your organisation, association, or foundation.
- External liability: people or organisations outside your organisation, association, or foundation suffer damage as a result of your error.
- Legal assistance, for example from a lawyer.
- A claim you receive after you take out the insurance. Even if you made the mistake before you took out the insurance (run-in risk).
- Have you cancelled the directors' liability insurance? And does someone hold you liable for a mistake you made before you cancelled the insurance? Then you can sometimes buy extra cover for this (run-off risk).
Read the policy conditions
What is covered and what is not depends on the insurance company and the policy conditions. Always read the policy conditions of your insurance carefully. An independent insurance adviser can advise you.
What is usually not insured?
- A penalty or fine.
- Damage that you caused on purpose.
- Damage due to theft, fraud, or forgery. For example, forging a signature. Or adjusting an invoice.
- Damage to persons or someone's property. You will need business liability insurance for this.
- Damage to the environment.
- Damage because you abused your position.