• Entrepreneurs for Resilience Award

    The Swiss Re Foundation Resilience Award recognises entrepreneurial initiatives that contribute to building resilient societies. The 2016 Award focuses on innovative solutions that enable the elderly to live independently at home. Application period ends 22 May 2016.

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  • Farming smarter

    In collaboration with Kennemer Foods International, we are helping smallholder farmers escape poverty by growing high-quality cacao for sale to international chocolate manufacturers.

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  • Caring close to home

    We encourage Swiss Re employees to volunteer for projects concerned with social welfare, children and youth and the environment in communities where Swiss Re has offices.



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.


ReSource Award Winner 2016

The Award will support the social business "Pump for Life" to scale up its subscription-based system for water point maintenance. The ReSource Award Winner will receive financial and expert support for the next 3 years.

The Swiss Re Foundation 2015 Activity Report

We are happy to share with you our report "The Swiss Re Foundation in 2015 - seeds of resilience". The report presents our strategic focus and activities in 2015.

Emergency Aid for children in Syria

Swiss Re Foundation donates CHF 100'000 to Save the Children for the support of critical education and child protection interventions in Syria.

Nepal Earthquake

Swiss Re Foundation donates CHF 250,000 for instant disaster relief measures in Nepal.

ReSource Award 2015

To protect and restore watersheds and biodiversity in Brazil’s Pantanal region, the Wildlife Conservation Society is scaling up its proven approaches to promoting sustainable land use on individual properties to whole rural municipalities.

The Swiss Re Foundation in 2014 - Heading for resilience

We are happy to share with you our report "The Swiss Re Foundation in 2014 - Heading for resilience". The report presents our strategic focus and activities in 2014.

United against natural hazards

In collaboration with the Swiss Red Cross and Swiss Re, we are closing gaps in the disaster risk preparedness of rural communities in Central America and the Caribbean.

Neighbourhood improvement in Cape Town

With ETH Zurich, we are testing ways to improve economic opportunities and quality of life for the 7.5 million South Africans who live in informal settlements.

Virtual weather vanes in Kenya

With the social business M-KOPA Solar, we are exploring how to use solar energy systems to collect weather data that could benefit local farmers, insurance providers and public authorities.

Higher yields in the Philippines

We are helping the social business SUGRUVI reach more low-income cassava farmers who stand to increase their income by upgrading agricultural and business practices.

Staying above water in Nairobi

We are partnering with Kounkuey Design Initiative to reduce flood risk in Nairobi’s largest slum by developing and sharing best practices within the community and beyond.

Educating children after the Ebola virus hit Sierra Leone

The unprecedented outbreak of Ebola in West Africa calls for forceful action on multiple fronts. 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.