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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 those sustainable development goals where the company is currently having the biggest impact through its business activities, investments and social commitment. Swiss Life is thus restricting itself to nine of the 17 SDGs. Compared to the previous year, three additional sustainability goals are listed.

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 making all the necessary preparations early so that 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, subsection Health and Safety.

Swiss Life supports its employees in maintaining 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, subsection Training and development.

In keeping with current national and international law, as well as the conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Swiss Life applies fair employment procedures that are free of discrimination with the aim of guaranteeing and promoting equal opportunities. Recruitment and promotion are based exclusively on ability, skills and potential, in line with the requirements of the position in question.

Fair and equal compensation for all employees is ensured by the Group Compensation Policy, which is applicable throughout the Group. For a number of years, Swiss Life has had processes and instruments for removing the gender-specific salary gap at all its national companies.

See also Sustainability as an Employer, subsection Collaboration and diversity.

Swiss Life specifically uses some of its investments to support climatefriendly technologies, projects and initiatives. By doing so it also makes a direct contribution to the global climate targets. In this context, Swiss Life has set itself the goal of investing CHF 2 billion in green bonds by 2023.

As it owns Fontavis, the Swiss Life Group also includes a leading investment manager for clean energy and infrastructure funds in Switzerland. The Fontavis portfolios are focused on thermal, water, solar and wind power.

See also Responsible Investing.

Swiss Life invests through its own funds in the renewal of urban infrastructure, such as the Thames Tideway Tunnel in London. 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. Furthermore, Swiss Life is Member of the Foundation Board and of the Business Council of Swiss Innovation Park.

See also Corporate Citizenship and Responsible Investing.

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 annual figures on waste and paper consumption as well as the other key indicators for operational ecology. Furthermore, Swiss Life uses Group-wide targets to ensure that the company can make further progress in the realm of operational ecology.

When selecting suppliers and service providers, Swiss Life works with local contractors whenever possible and gives preference to 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.

Swiss Life makes an active contribution to climate protection by reducing CO2 emissions and has set itself Group-wide targets for this purpose. In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in its own operations, Swiss Life systematically integrates environmental aspects into asset management and real estate management.

Following the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), Swiss Life publishes a climate report which, among other things, shows the opportunities and risks associated with climate change.

See also Responsible Investing and Sustainability in the Environment.

Swiss Life is a member of a wide variety of organisations and networks in the area of sustainability, as well as being a co-signatory of various initiatives. For example, Swiss Life is involved in working groups and networks, ensures the transfer of know-how and is in dialogue with key stakeholder groups to help shape sustainable development.

See also Memberships.

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