Being a responsible investor

We integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria across our investment portfolio. Our approach is based on the three strategic pillars Enhancement, Inclusion and Exclusion.

“We make the world more resilient” is Swiss Re’s vision. About ten years ago, our Asset Management unit embarked on a journey to not only invest the premiums we receive from our underwriting business to generate risk-adjusted, stable long-term returns, but to also consider environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects in our investment decisions. With this approach, our Asset Management has contributed to the Group’s vision.

In 2017, we reached a key milestone on this journey. As one of the first re/insurance companies, we integrated ESG benchmarks into our investment portfolio, which is a significant step forward from considering ESG as an “add-on” approach. We are convinced that taking ESG criteria into account has a positive impact on the performance of our investment portfolio in the long term.