Diversity and inclusion

One of the key aspirations of our People Strategy is to attract and engage talented employees from different generational and cultural backgrounds by living a flexible, inclusive and open culture where dialogue and different perspectives are valued. This aspiration is reflected in our diversity and inclusion (D&I) vision: “See, feel and live diversity – diversity of gender, race, ethnicity, generation, sexual orientation (LGBT), physical abilities, personalities and experiences – at all levels, functions and regions of Swiss Re”.

We are committed to this vision because it supports an environment in which our employees value each others’ differences and where they can all bring their authentic selves to the workplace – an environment in which high performance is then a natural consequence. A diverse workforce, driven by a culture of inclusivity and collaboration, will thus enable us to truly live our “smarter together” brand promise within and outside the company.

Our 2015 Employee Engagement Survey tells us that our employees are positive about Swiss Re’s open and inclusive culture, and see the value we place on diversity (favourable score of 76%, nine points above the industry average). But we have set our sights on reaching a top-quartile performance level and, to achieve this, we need to do more.