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Swiss Life’s Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

In 2015, the UN member states adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), which constitute the centrepiece of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Swiss Life would like to set out its contribution to attaining individual goals.

SDG (target) Our contribution

The social and economic consequences of the fact that we are living longer are insufficiently accounted for in almost all areas of life. Swiss Life is committed to raising societal awareness of this topic and actively addressing the attendant challenges. Swiss Life supports its customers in preparing ahead of time so they can enjoy their longer self-determined life. Swiss Life offers its employees flexible working models and a wide range of health and prevention services.

See also “The Longer Self-Determined Life”, “Well-Being section” and “Health and Security”.

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

And with “Stage 50+” Swiss Life joins selected organisations in Switzerland in working towards increased labour-market integration and the promotion of qualified applicants in the midst of their career.

Mutual respect, equality of treatment and non-discrimination are all parts of Swiss Life’s corporate culture.

In addition, with its “Perspectives” Foundation and “Stiftung für Chancengleichheit” (Foundation for Equal Opportunity), Swiss Life supports institutions that help people from a wide range of backgrounds educate and better themselves.

See also “CEO Foreword”, “Social Engagement” and “Responsibility for Employees”.

Swiss Life is among the investors in several facilities for the generation of renewable energy. These facilities are widely distributed across the world. For instance, Swiss Life owns solar power plants in Italy, Spain, Canada, Chile and Japan (c. 100 MWh) and wind power stations in the UK and US (c. 235 MWh), allowing the company to contribute to supplying around 100 000 households with renewable electricity.

Swiss Life promotes projects from the worlds of research and science. Among other things, in the Swiss domestic market it lends its support to Technopark Zürich, which brings together actors from the realms of business, technology and science. In addition, Swiss Life is Member of the Foundation Board and of the Business Council of Swiss Innovation Park and supports the research and innovation platform “NEST”.

Swiss Life is one of Europe’s leading real estate investors and has the biggest private real estate portfolio in Switzerland. Around 81% of its properties are in urban areas. As a builder and owner, Swiss Life aims to use ecological and economic resources with maximum efficiency and to make an active contribution to sustainable urban development.

As an investor, Swiss Life strategically supports infrastructure projects. Thus for instance in London Swiss Life is participating in the financing of the Thames Tideway Tunnel project, which is intended to drastically reduce the amount of waste water flowing into the city’s river.

See also “Sustainable Construction and Renovation”.

As a builder and in its own operations, Swiss Life supports the sparing use of resources. This is also true of its business premises. Swiss Life publishes current developments in its use of paper and energy and in its production of waste on an annual basis, as well as the other indicators on operational ecology.

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

See also “Sustainable Construction and Renovation”, “Sustainable Procurement” and “Environmental Responsibility”.