Our commitments

… to the United Nations

Many of our recent efforts to expand insurance protection cover losses from natural catastrophes and weather volatility (eg drought or excessive rainfall). As climate change is predicted to increase these losses, such transactions also help communities to strengthen their climate resilience. Furthermore, we have found that partnering with public sector clients, especially national and regional governments, is an effective way to develop solutions.

Building on these experiences, we made a significant commitment to the United Nations at its Climate Summit in September 2014. Personally addressing the government leaders present at the summit, our then Group CEO Michel M. Liès made the following pledge: “By the year 2020, Swiss Re commits to having advised 50 sovereigns and sub-sovereigns on climate risk resilience and to have offered them USD 10 billion against this risk.”

We have agreed with the United Nations to report publicly on the progress we make on this commitment. By the end of 2017, we had advised 66 sovereigns and sub-sovereigns on climate risk resilience and offered them a total of USD 5.3 billion in re/insurance protection.

5.3 billion

Total amount of climate protection offered to sovereigns and sub-sovereigns since 2014

(USD 3.9 billion by 2016)


Smallholder farmers benefiting from the Grow Africa Partnership by 2017

(1 million by 2016)

… to the Grow Africa Partnership

In 2012, we made a commitment to the Grow Africa Partnership (www.growafrica.org), an initiative launched by a number of organisations to promote public-private collaboration and investment in African agriculture. As most smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa have had no access to insurance protection to date, addressing this problem is crucial to protect families’ livelihoods, facilitate economic development and reduce poverty.

Our commitment to to the Grow Africa Partnership has centred on the following three goals:

  • Give farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa access to tools such as weather and yield index insurance products;
  • Invest in resources equivalent to about USD 2 million per year to support the development of sustainable agricultural risk management markets;
  • Provide agricultural insurance for up to 1.4 million smallholder farmers.

Working together with different partners, we helped to bring weather insurance to 1.5 million smallholder farmers in 12 Sub-Saharan countries by the end of our commitment in 2017. While developing commercially viable schemes continues to face significant challenges, in particular regarding the creation of effective distribution networks and overcoming market fragmentation, we entered into some promising new programmes in 2017.