As part of our Group-wide “Swiss Life 2024” programme, we have set ourselves the goal of making sustainability an integral part of our business model. We integrate sustainability aspects in the way we conduct our business, in our role as an asset owner and manager, in the way we conduct our insurance and advisory business and, last but not least, in our role as an employer. This allows us as a company to assume responsibility in those areas in which we can exert a direct influence.
2022 was the first year of strategy implementation – and we have made a good start:
- Swiss Life’s business operations have been net zero since 2022: we have offset all measured, unavoidable CO₂ emissions from our operations with certified projects in our core markets of Switzerland, France and Germany.
- Swiss Life’s real estate portfolio is thus already well placed in terms of CO₂ intensity compared to the average real estate portfolio in the countries in which Swiss Life operates.
- We also offer our customers solutions incorporating sustainability factors as part of our broad product range. Furthermore, sustainability aspects are integrated into our advisory processes.
Moreover, part of our ambition is to embed sustainability in our organisation. Thanks to a cross-divisional and cross-function organisation, we are able to establish Group-wide standards while ensuring local implementation in our markets. This allows us to respond to the different requirements and customer needs in the best possible way.
Our approach to sustainability also means that it is an integral part of our governance: Both the Corporate Executive Board and the Board of Directors are significantly involved in strategy and decision-making and attach great importance to the issue. As a fundamental element of Swiss Life’s risk strategy and processes, sustainability issues are continuously addressed at the committees of the Board of Directors and by the Board as a whole. The responsible committees of the Corporate Executive Board and the Board of Directors monitor and manage risks on an ongoing basis and incorporate their considerations into the annual planning. In this way we can ensure that sustainability factors are taken into account in the strategy and management of Swiss Life along with all other relevant success factors.
With our sustainability strategy, we as a company take on responsibility: we contribute to sustainable development for the benefit of people, society and the environment.
Chairman of the Board of Directors