Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) – Our Public Disclosure of Progress

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Developed by the UN Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) in collaboration with leading re/insurance companies, the Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) provide a framework for the global insurance industry to address environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities.

Swiss Re and the PSI

We are keen to support the spread of sustainable business practices in the re/insurance industry. Not only are we one of the original signatories to the Principles of Sustainable Insurance, we have played an active role in their development and currently provide one of its board members.

We support the PSI’s call for transparency and disclose our progress on implementing its principles below.

Principle 1

We will embed in our decision-making ESG issues relevant to our insurance business.

  1. Developing innovative re/insurance solutions (eg index insurance products and cat bonds) and by working closely with partners both in the private and public sectors
  2. Using tailor-made tools in our risk management to address sustainability risks
  3. Integrating ESG criteria in our asset management
  • Key actions taken in 2019:
  1. For re/insurance solutions, see achievements described in Creating solutions for sustainability.
  2. For risk management, see achievements described in Extending our risk intelligence.
  3. For asset management, see achievements described in Being a responsible investor.

Principle 2

We will work together with our clients and business partners to raise awareness of ESG issues, manage risk and develop solutions.

  1. Interacting with clients and taking an active role in industry initiatives to advance sustainable business practices
  2. Sharing and advancing our risk expertise with a special focus on our "2030 Sustainability Ambitions", supported by Swiss Re Institute
  3. Applying overarching guidelines and specific minimum standards in our sourcing activities
  • Key actions taken in 2019:
  1. For client and industry cooperation, see achievements described in Sustainable Business Risk Framework.
  2. For general risk dialogue, see achievements described in Engaging in dialogue with our stakeholders.
  3. For sourcing guidelines, see achievements described in Sustainability in our supply chain.

Principle 3

We will work together with governments, regulators and other key stakeholders to promote widespread action across society on ESG issues.

Principle 4

We will demonstrate accountability and transparency in regularly disclosing publicly our progress in implementing the Principles.

  • Starting in 2012, we have been disclosing our progress in implementing the Principles on an annual basis, as an integrated part of our Sustainability Report (formerly Corporate Responsibility Report).