• Safe water from the sky

    We’re helping families in Brazil’s semiarid region build roof cisterns to collect drinking water in this Habitat for Humanity initiative.

    © Habitat for Humanity
  • Water-free sanitation in Peru

    With the social business x-runner, we’re testing a dry-toilet solution that could help bring sustainable sanitation to Lima’s 3 million residents who lack sewage access.

    © x-runner Venture
  • Safety without borders

    We’re partnering with the Swiss Red Cross to help disaster-prone communities across the South Caucasus reduce disaster risk and boost preparedness.

    © Swiss Red Cross
  • A watershed approach to conservation

    We’re working with Fundación Natura Bolivia to make protecting the water supply a win-win proposition for Andean communities.

    © Fundación Natura Bolivia


Swiss Re has always had a tradition of responsible and effective contribution to society and the world we work in. The Swiss Re Foundation is making visible and tangible the social and humanitarian values of Swiss Re, co-ordinating and channelling effort and making sure its benefit reaches as far as it can.

Our goal is to address social and humanitarian problems worldwide and build local capacity to face them. The issues we address are social, economic and ecological imbalances with a range of causes, including natural disaster, climate change, water, population growth and pandemic. We collaborate long-term on projects and also provide emergency aid. Finally, we carry out work locally and in Swiss Re’s communities.

Why we are here

We work in climate, water, natural catastrophes, and society to alleviate suffering and help communities become more resilient.

What we do

Increasing resilience is just as important as finance, making the difference between surviving this time, and surviving every time.

Working with us

The Swiss Re Foundation works through funding, partnerships, and Swiss Re employee volunteering and secondment.


Educating children over the airwaves in Ebola-stricken Sierra Leone

The unprecedented outbreak of Ebola in West Africa calls for forceful action on multiple fronts. The number of infections could reach 300'000 by December. The Swiss Re Foundation has donated CHF 150,000 to increase children’s access to education in a province of Sierra Leone where the outbreak has forced schools to close.

High risk at high altitude

We’re helping HELVETAS discover and share good practices for managing weather risks to subsistence agriculture in the Peruvian Andes.

Improving nutrition in rural India

We’re partnering with Ashoka to provide women and children in undernourished communities with access to nutritious foods and encouraging their demand for these foods.

Borrowing for better health

With Water.org and local financial institution partners, we’re expanding access to safe water and sanitation in India and the Philippines.

Winner International ReSource Award for Sustainable Watershed Management 2014

On the occasion of World Water Day, Swiss Re Foundation is pleased to announce the winner of the ReSource Award 2014 (worth US$ 150,000): “Mobilizing local institutions for sustainable management of watershed services in Nepal”, a project submitted by Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development (LI-BIRD). The winner was selected from a total of 273 project proposals in a three-stage evaluation process.

The Swiss Re Foundation in 2013

We are happy to share with you our report "The Swiss Re Foundation in 2013 - Improving risk resilience". The report presents our strategic focus and activities in 2013.

UZH and Swiss Re Foundation to bridge gap between finance theory and insurance industry

The University of Zurich (UZH) is building a new Centre for Finance and Insurance. The Swiss Re Foundation has donated CHF 2 million to help establish this centre within the university's Department of Banking and Finance. The purpose of the centre is to advance research and education in the application of finance theory to insurance.