15 Related Parties

The Group defines the following as related parties to the Group: subsidiaries of Swiss Re Ltd, entities in which the group has significant influence, pension plans, members of the Board of Directors (BoD) and the Group Executive Committee (EC) and their close family members, and entities which are directly and indirectly controlled by members of governing bodies of Swiss Re Ltd and their close family members.

As part of the consolidation process, transactions between Swiss Re Ltd and subsidiaries are eliminated in consolidation and are not disclosed in the notes.

As of 31 December 2012 and 2013, the Group’s investment in mortgages and other loans included USD 279 million and USD 304 million, respectively, of loans due from employees, and USD 215 million and USD 233 million, respectively, due from officers. These loans generally consist of mortgages offered at variable and fixed interest rates.

Contributions made to defined benefit pension plans and post-retirement benefit plans are disclosed in Note 12 Benefit Plans. Plan assets of the defined benefit pension plans include Swiss Re common stock of USD 5 million (0.1% of total plan assets) and USD 7 million (0.1% of total plan assets) as of 31 December 2012 and 2013, respectively.

Share ownership and loans extended to members of BoD and Group EC are disclosed in Note 14 Compensation, participations and loans of members of governing bodies in the financial statements of Swiss Re Ltd. The total number of shares, options and related instruments held by members of the BoD and the Group EC and persons closely related to, amounts to less than 1% of the shares issued by Swiss Re Ltd. None of the members of BoD and the Group EC has any significant business connection with Swiss Re Ltd or any of its Group companies.

Share in earnings and dividends received from equity-accounted investees for the years ended 31 December, were as follows:


USD millions



Share in earnings of equity-accounted investees



Dividends received from equity-accounted investees