Building on the overarching compensation principles included in Swiss Re’s Articles of Association, the compensation framework is captured within the Swiss Re Group Compensation Policy (the Compensation Policy). The Compensation Policy governs the compensation structure and processes across all functions and locations at Swiss Re and is reviewed regularly.
The Compensation Committee has also approved an authority matrix that defines the limits to which each level of management can authorise compensation payments. The Group CEO or the Compensation Committee, as applicable, approves all compensation that exceeds the preset limits. The Group CEO is not involved in decision-making concerning his own compensation.
The Human Resources function conducts a regular self-assessment of Swiss Re’s compliance with the Compensation Policy. The Compensation Committee reviews this self-assessment and identifies potential areas for improvement. The Compensation Committee receives reports on compensation decisions as appropriate, including a comprehensive review of the effectiveness of the annual compensation review cycle.
Swiss Re is required to assess the Compensation Policy against the requirements of Group regulator FINMA. As part of this process, the Board’s Finance and Risk Committee is required to review risks related to the Compensation Policy. A comprehensive risk analysis of the Compensation Policy is therefore conducted on an annual basis.
To reflect best practices, the Compensation Policy prohibits the use of any personal hedging strategies or remuneration and liability-related insurance that could undermine the risk alignment effects and economic exposure embedded in compensation arrangements.