Key risk management principles

Swiss Re’s risk management is based on four fundamental principles. These apply consistently across all risk categories at Group and legal entity level:

  • Controlled risk-taking – Financial strength and sustainable value creation are central to Swiss Re’s value proposition. The Group thus operates within a clearly defined risk policy and risk control framework.
  • Clear accountability – Swiss Re’s operations are based on the principle of delegated and clearly defined authority. Individuals are accountable for the risks they take on, and their incentives are aligned with Swiss Re’s overall business objectives.
  • Independent risk controlling – Dedicated units within Risk Management control all risk-taking activities. These are supported by Compliance and Group Internal Audit functions.
  • Transparency – Risk transparency, knowledge sharing and responsiveness to change are integral to the risk control process. The central goal of risk transparency is to create a culture of mutual trust, and reduce the likelihood of surprises in the source and potential magnitude of losses.