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Swiss Life’s materiality matrix shows which topics are relevant for Swiss Life and its stakeholders. The matrix forms a basis for the sustainability strategy and sustainability reporting.
Swiss Life has reported on the basis of the Global Reporting Initiative’s standards since 2016. In 2015 it produced the first version of its materiality matrix in a multi-step materiality process involving internal and external stakeholders. Since then, the matrix has been regularly reviewed and further developed. In 2019, Swiss Life performed an extensive re-evaluation of the key topics to reflect the various stakeholders’ changing expectations, developments in its business environment and the latest standards (see Annual Report 2019, pages 84–85; GRI 102-46).
In 2021, Swiss Life re-evaluated the key topics as part of its new sustainability strategy. The strategic work has shown that the sustainability matrix defined in 2019 can continue to be used as the basis for the 2021 sustainability reporting (GRI 102-49).
The four topics rated as having the greatest impact on sustainable development are:
- Responsible investing
- Responsible real estate management
- Risk management
- Data protection and information security