Management system and certification
We operate an integrated global management system at our Corporate Real Estate & Services (CRES) division, which interlinks quality and environmental management, and ensures that similar processes are seamlessly managed. Through a systematic, Group-wide reporting process, we monitor our environmental performance and implement appropriate improvement measures.
Environmental objectives and targets are defined centrally at our headquarters, but responsibility for implementing improvement measures also lies with the CRES departments in our regions and individual locations. Some of them define additional environmental targets that reflect specific local conditions and challenges.
Since 2015, our entire CRES division has been certified according to the ISO 14001 environmental management standard (www.iso.org), replacing the location-based approach previously used. This means that all our operations and employees are covered by an ISO 14001-certified environmental management system (EMS).
Complementing the ISO 14001 certification of our Group-wide EMS, we have achieved ISO 50001 certification for the energy management system of our main locations in the EU.
For our recently completed office buildings in New York, Zurich (Swiss Re Next) and Bangalore we have also received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED, new.usgbc.org/leed) certification, the most widely used green building rating system worldwide to evaluate the overall environmental performance of a building. In addition, we are committed to the principles of the 2000-watt society for our Campus Mythenquai in Zurich.