Swiss Life produces the Corporate Responsibility Report to show how it understands the term corporate responsibility and implements the concept in practice. Corporate responsibility applies to business operations, the role of Swiss Life as an employer and its responsibility to society and the environment. The reporting corresponds to the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).
Ladies and gentlemen,
You would like to hear from us how we assume corporate responsibility, and just how sustainably we think and act. Perhaps you are considering investing in our company, or coming to work for us. Whether you are a customer, a shareholder or a potential employee, you have the same right to insist on transparency. In our field, sustainable corporate leadership is the sine qua non for long-term success.
The publication of our first Corporate Responsibility Report last year was the occasion for some crucial in-house discussions, which led to a more intensive debate about sustainability issues. And this gave rise in turn to practical measures. For example, we have created a steering committee on corporate responsibility at the Corporate Executive Board level. In addition, the report has been expanded in many places and we are now providing more detailed information on such things as responsible investing, our role as property owner and what matters to us when we select and cooperate with partners and suppliers.
We view our commitments under the aegis of our guiding theme, “longer self-determined life”, as part of our overall socio-political responsibility. This is the very heart of our business; it is the responsibility we necessarily bear to our children’s and grandchildren’s generations. As cofounder of the modern pension system, we have a duty to ensure that our descendants are also able to lead their longer lives in self-determination and with confidence. What’s needed for this to happen – in addition to the appropriate products and services – are functioning pension systems and, last but not least, a heightened awareness among citizens of the significance of private provisions. That is why we get actively involved in the public debate, make our position clear and attempt to communicate facts and know-how. It is a topic that is close to my heart, personally. It affects every one of us, and will concern us for a long time to come.