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CEO Foreword

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,

Our goal for 2018 was to accord greater importance to the issue of sustainability in our investing. We also wanted to further develop operational ecology, and continue on the path we embarked upon three years ago as an employer with our “Actively shaping your career” initiative. In all of these areas we have taken crucial first steps:

  • In our investing activities we have systematically integrated environmental, social and governance (ESG) topics into our risk and investment management. This allows us to strengthen the sustainability aspects of our risk management approach, including in our investment decisions. We also signed on to the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) supported by the United Nations, and are now evaluating our real estate management using the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB).

  • According environmental and social standards greater importance requires more than simply undertaking to observe them oneself, but also taking a public stand in favour of such values. For this reason we have adopted the world’s largest agreement on responsible corporate management and support the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact.

  • Furthermore, we have addressed the matter of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in our business premises and using a higher proportion of renewable energy. This has led to the setting of Group-wide goals for operational ecology, as published in this report.

  • In past years we have strengthened our role as employer with our “Actively shaping your career” initiative, as well as arming ourselves for present and future challenges, and have thus established new standards. During the past year, we also continued to pursue our successful change process with an eye to further strengthening our market position as a responsible and attractive employer.

Our fourth Corporate Responsibility Report shows that we are staying true to our course and assuming responsibility – in our everyday activities and within the company as well as with regard to both our employees and the environment.

Patrick Frost