As an asset manager
Swiss Life is an asset manager for its proprietary insurance companies and for third-party clients, such as pension funds, other insurers and private investors. The long-term protection of customer funds and the optimal allocation of risk capital are the main objectives. Invested assets must be secure, profitable and liquid in their entirety. Due to the long-term nature of its insurance liabilities, Swiss Life invests predominantly in fixed-income securities such as government and corporate bonds as well as in real estate, equities and infrastructure. Swiss Life systematically integrates ecological and social factors, including aspects of good corporate governance, into the investment process and risk management for all asset classes. This results in a broader information base and more balanced risk cover. Although Swiss Life is committed to account for all three dimensions of the ESG spectrum, for the TCFD disclosure, a special focus is placed on climate, and therefore on environmental considerations. As a large investor, analysing and understanding climate-related metrics are considered essential to assess the climate-related risks and opportunities within the investment portfolio.
Swiss Life regularly sources climate-related metrics from the independent provider of sustainability data MSCI ESG Research LLC. Additionally, Swiss Life works with calculations from the Paris Agreement Capital Transition Assessment (PACTA) tool developed by the 2 Degrees Investing Initiative with the backing of the United Nations’ Principles of Responsible Investing. The disclosed figures on greenhouse gas emissions conform to the international Greenhouse Gas Protocol standards (Scope 1, 2 and 3).