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

The United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) define social, economic and environmental milestones to be achieved worldwide by 2030. Swiss Life is transparent about which of these goals it is already making a contribution to.

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 lead a self-determined life. Swiss Life offers its employees flexible working models and a wide range of health and prevention services.

See also “Strategy & Brand” (pages 8–13) as well as “Responsibility for Employees”, the “Well-Being” and “Health and Security” sections (pages 122–125).

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

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 “Social and Cultural Engagement” (pages 111–115), “Responsibility for Employees” (pages 116–129) and “Products and Services” (pages 95–96).

Swiss Life has several facilities for the generation of renewable energy among the investments in its portfolio. These facilities are widely distributed across the world. For instance, Swiss Life invests in solar power plants in Italy, Spain, Canada, Chile and Japan (c. 100 MW) and wind power stations in the UK and US (c. 235 MW), allowing Swiss Life 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 80% of its properties are in urban areas. As a builder and property 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 also strategically supports infrastructure projects that benefit the general public. For instance, Swiss Life participates in a company that finances, builds and operates fibre optic networks and makes them available for use by internet providers.

See also “Sustainable Construction and Renovation” (pages 101–104).

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 greenhouse gas emissions and its use of paper and energy, its production of waste, and the other indicators on operational ecology on an annual basis. Furthermore, Swiss Life uses Group-wide targets to ensure that the company is able to continue developing in the realm of 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” (pages 101–104), “Sustainable Procurement” (pages 105–107) and “Environmental Responsibility” (pages 130–133).