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When implementing infrastructure projects, Swiss Life takes economic, ecological and social factors as well as corporate management aspects into account throughout the entire life cycle.
Swiss Life already incorporates ESG considerations, including a systematic ESG analysis, in the due diligence process of infrastructure investments. Each investment recommendation includes an ESG section that indicates the rating for 12 ESG topics and an aggregated ESG score. The rating is based on a systematic ESG questionnaire developed in-house to assess indicators in various areas and cover all ESG topics. Swiss Life also monitors ESG criteria and relevant developments on a quarterly basis as part of the regular monitoring processes of its underlying assets.
The infrastructure funds managed by Swiss Life Asset Managers hold several renewable energy infrastructure real assets as direct investments. At the end of the year under review, 18% of the infrastructure portfolio of Swiss Life Asset Managers was invested in renewable energy facilities. In total, these facilities produce renewable energy for the equivalent of approximately 500 000 households. Swiss Life’s infrastructure investments thus contribute to achieving the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.
During the reporting year, Swiss Life Asset Managers successfully had two more of its infrastructure funds and their portfolio companies assessed by GRESB. The positive assessment results of the core infrastructure funds reflect the commitment of Swiss Life Asset Managers to promote ESG integration and GRESB transparency within the portfolio companies.