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

The United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the heart of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.
Swiss Life is transparent about which of these goals it is already making a contribution to.

In this report, Swiss Life focuses on the sustainable development goals where the company is currently having the biggest impact through its business activities, investments and social commitment. In keeping with this, the reporting is restricted to six of the 17 SDGs.

SDG (target) Our contribution

The social and economic consequences of increased life expectancy are insufficiently accounted for in almost all areas of life. Swiss Life is committed to raising society’s awareness of this topic and actively addressing the attendant challenges. Swiss Life supports its customers in preparing early so they can lead a self-determined life. Swiss Life supports its employees, for example, by offering them flexible working models and a wide range of health and prevention services.

See also Strategy & Brand and Sustainability as an Employer, sections Collaboration and Diversity and Health and Safety.

Swiss Life supports its employees maintain 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 entry-level opportunities for university graduates. In addition, Swiss Life uses its own foundations to support institutions that help people from a wide range of backgrounds educate and better themselves.

See also Products, Services and Advice, Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability as an Employer.

Swiss Life specifically uses some of its investments to support climate- friendly technologies, projects and initiatives. In this way, it also makes a direct contribution to the global climate targets.

In 2019, Swiss Life acquired Fontavis AG, a leading investment manager for clean energy and infrastructure funds in Switzerland. The Fontavis portfolios are focused on thermal, water, solar and wind power.

Swiss Life promotes projects from the worlds of research and science. In Switzerland, Swiss Life has supported medical research projects through its own foundation, the “Anniversary Foundation for Public Health and Medical Research”, since 1957. In addition, Swiss Life supports Technopark Zurich, which brings together representatives of science, technology and business, and the NEST research and innovation platform, which tests and develops new materials, technologies, products, energy concepts and usage concepts for the construction sector. In addition, Swiss Life is Member of the Foundation Board and of the Business Council of Swiss Innovation Park.

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

See also Responsible Real Estate Management.

As a builder and in its own operations, Swiss Life supports the sparing use of resources. Swiss Life publishes current developments in greenhouse gas emissions and its use of paper and energy, its production of waste, and 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 Responsible Real Estate Management, Sustainable Procurement and Sustainability in the Environment.