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Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

The United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the heart of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. Swiss Life is transparent about which of these goals it is particularly contributing to.

In this report, Swiss Life focuses on those sustainable development goals where the company is currently having the biggest impact through its business activities, investments and social commitment. Swiss Life is thus restricting itself to eleven of the 17 SDGs. Compared with the previous year, two additional SDGs are listed.

SDG (target)

Our contribution

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Swiss Life is committed to raising society’s awareness of the issue of health care and protection against financial risks and actively addressing the attendant challenges. Swiss Life supports its customers in making all the necessary preparations early so that they can lead a self-determined life even in the event of illness. Swiss Life supports its employees, for example, by offering them flexible working models and a wide range of health and prevention services.

See also “Insurance Business” and “Sustainability as an Employer”, subsection “Health and Safety”.

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Swiss Life supports its employees in maintaining their employability and promotes their ongoing development. This includes continuous internal and external education for employees of all ages, training for apprentices and trainees and entry-level opportunities for university graduates.

In addition, Swiss Life uses its own foundations to support institutions that help people from a wide range of backgrounds educate and better themselves.

See also “Sustainability as an Employer”, subsection “Employee Development” and “Corporate Citizenship”.

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

In keeping with current national and international law, as well as the conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Swiss Life applies fair employment procedures that are free of discrimination with the aim of guaranteeing and promoting equal opportunities.

Fair and equal compensation for all employees is ensured by the Group Compensation Policy, which is applicable throughout the Group. For a number of years, Swiss Life has had processes and instruments for removing the gender-specific salary gap at all its national companies.

See also “Sustainability as an Employer” subsection “Collaboration and Diversity”.

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Swiss Life specifically uses some of its investments to support climate-friendly technologies, projects and initiatives. In this context, Swiss Life has set itself the goal of investing CHF 2 billion in green bonds by 2023.

The Swiss Life Group also includes a leading investment manager for clean energy and infrastructure funds in Switzerland. These infrastructure portfolios are focused on thermal, water, solar and wind power.

Swiss Life supplies its own office locations with electricity from renewable energy sources. In addition, it aims to continuously increase energy efficiency.

See also “Sustainability as an Asset Owner and Manager” .

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Swiss Life makes a major contribution to the economy and society, both as a provider of products and services and as an employer, taxpayer and investor. In addition, it cultivates a fair employee-employer relationship that is governed by social partnerships and collective and works agreements.

See also “Economic Responsibility” and “Social Partnership”.

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Swiss Life strengthens innovation and digitalisation along the entire value chain. The focus is on measures that create sustainable added value for customers and employees. Furthermore, Swiss Life invests through its own funds in the renewal of infrastructure and the development of innovative real estate projects.

See also “Digitalisation” and “Sustainability as an Asset Owner and Manager”.

Reduce inequality within and among countries

Swiss Life is committed to social and environmental standards in all spheres of influence and thus actively contributes to reducing social and ecological inequalities.

Swiss Life also cultivates an active dialogue with political leaders and is committed to promoting a competitive business location and appropriate regulation in all markets.

See also “Political Commitment” and “Respect for Human Rights”.

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Swiss Life is one of Europe’s leading real estate investors and has the biggest private real estate portfolio in Switzerland. The majority of its properties are in urban areas. As a builder, property owner and asset manager, Swiss Life aims to use ecological and economic resources with maximum efficiency and to make an active contribution to sustainable urban development.

See also “Real Estate Management”.

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

As a builder and in its own operations, Swiss Life supports the sparing use of resources. Swiss Life publishes annual figures on waste and paper consumption as well as the other key indicators for operational ecology. Furthermore, Swiss Life uses Group-wide targets to ensure that the company can make further progress in the realm of operational ecology.

When selecting suppliers and service providers, Swiss Life works with local contractors whenever possible and gives preference to products and services from companies that have implemented a certified environmental protection system.

See also “Real Estate Management”, “Procurement” and “Contribution to the Environment”.

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Swiss Life makes an active contribution to climate protection by reducing CO2 emissions and has set itself Group-wide targets for this purpose. In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in its own operations, Swiss Life systematically integrates environmental aspects into asset management and real estate management.

Following the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), Swiss Life publishes a report which, among other things, shows the opportunities and risks associated with climate change.

See also “Sustainability as an Asset Owner and Manager” and “Contribution to the Environment”.

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development

Swiss Life is a member of a wide variety of organisations and networks in the area of sustainability, as well as being a co-signatory of various initiatives. For example, Swiss Life is involved in working groups and networks, ensures the transfer of know-how and is in dialogue with key stakeholder groups to help shape sustainable development.

See also “Memberships”.