Swiss Re believes in championing diversity of thought with all our talent and inclusiveness in the way we work together.
We’re a global and diverse workforce that understands our clients and markets, and we develop smarter solutions together and help the world to rebuild, renew and move forward. This is how we strive to make the world more resilient.
Our aim is to live visible and invisible diversity – diversity of age, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, physical abilities, personalities and experiences – at all levels and in all functions and regions at Swiss Re.
As a part of our goal to increase global resilience, our employees take an active role in both international and local initiatives and programmes in all of our offices around the world.
Our international team
We have operations across the world, at the end of 2019:
office locations in 31 countries
(2018: 80 office locations in 30 countries)
(2018: 14 943)
SHINE Program, India
Co-created by Swiss Re Foundation and Swiss Re Bangalore, the SHINE social entrepreneurship program is an example of the company’s commitment to realising the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. SHINE combines social innovation with entrepreneurial thinking to shape next-generation Swiss Re leaders and help early-stage entrepreneurs achieve wider social impact. 2019’s beneficiary start-up was Pure Paani, a Bangalore-based business dedicated to making drinking water available to all by providing access to affordable filtration and treatment solutions.
Generation Re, Slovakia
In Slovakia, Swiss Re initiated a programme called Generation Re, focused on recruiting and promoting junior talents that share the values of the company – that is, building a resilient world of tomorrow, and in particular, working to solve today’s myriad environmental problems. Generation Re has included a major digital outreach, as well as events like the Green Wave, where employees that arrived at work on a bicycle received a green bracelet, not only as a gesture of appreciation, but to create a visual, symbolic “green wave,” demonstrating the company’s commitment to global sustainability. The company also erected an Eco Wall of Fame, featuring the faces of people that promote the health of the planet in their everyday lives.
Hack n’ Lead, Switzerland
Swiss Re is an official sponsor of Hack n’Lead in Zurich, Switzerland’s first women-focussed hackathon that aims to increase diversity in the technology space. The hackathon is a sprint-like event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers, project managers, and others, often including domain experts, collaborate intensively on software projects in a time-restricted period.
Swiss Re employees have taken an active role in promoting this important yearly event, providing information to participants about career opportunities and, in particular, mentoring and coaching Hack n’Lead participants with their hackathon projects – whether by assisting in defining the problem statement or the product they are developing, pitching the product, or with respect to participants’ careers in the tech-related fields in general.
Demelza Hospice Care
Swiss Re in the United Kingdom named Demelza Hospice Care its 2018–2019 Charity of the Year, an annual charity-company partnership. Demelza Hospice Care runs facilities and raises money for terminally ill children and their families throughout the UK.
Employees participated in many activities throughout 2018–2019 to raise money for this important cause, and physically helped maintain the charity’s facilities. In what was a particularly enjoyable and challenging event in July, the Swiss Re Life & Health team in the UK participated in a 25 kilometre trek across London’s historic bridges to raise money for the charity. Over the past two years, Swiss Re raised over GBP 300 000 for Demelza Hospice Care.