Compensation and benefits
Swiss Re is committed to maintaining a compensation framework that is balanced and performance-oriented, and which aligns the interests of both shareholders and employees. Our compensation framework is designed to attract, motivate and retain the qualified talent that the Group needs to succeed, while creating a tangible link between performance and pay. The aim is to provide compensation that is competitive in local labour markets, while ensuring that employees focus on delivering outstanding results in line with our business strategy, targets, risk awareness and corporate values.
For most employees, total compensation comprises the base salary and the Annual Performance Incentive (API), which is linked to both individual and business/company performance.
Swiss Re uses additional incentive programmes which reflect the longer-term nature of our business: Both the Value Alignment Incentive Plan (VAI), which is the deferred part of the API, and the Leadership Performance Plan (LPP) aim to reward sustained performance and long-term company success, rather than short-term results. This helps to align shareholder and employee interests more closely. The VAI applies to employees who have a total API in excess of a defined threshold, and the LPP is awarded to our senior executives and select key employees.
We also encourage our employees to own Swiss Re shares by providing the Global Share Participation Plan and the Incentive Share Plan. Our employees can get a comprehensive overview of all their incentive plans online whenever they wish.
The balanced compensation package is generally complemented by competitive pension plans and other employee benefits. Such benefits include, for example, the Continuous Contribution Award, which recognises the loyalty, commitment and continuous contribution of our employees by offering them opportunities at defined milestones to enjoy additional, paid time off. Health benefits and financial protection in case of ill-health are also an important part of our overall packages. We provide medical, life and disability insurance in excess of state provisions in many of our locations. Furthermore, we support employees in accumulating retirement benefits to supplement any state provisions.
In addition, the COyou2 Programme continues to offer our employees the opportunity to claim subsidies from the company for a range of emissions cutting investments they want to make in their private lives (see The COyou2 Programme).
Further information on Swiss Re’s approach to compensation and benefits can be found in our 2016 Financial Report.