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Who we are

The Swiss Re Foundation reflects the social and humanitarian values of Swiss Re. Our mission is to build societies that are able to withstand and recover from health, environmental and economic risks. We do this where Swiss Re operates or intends to do so in future, as well as in developing countries outside its footprint.

With our new strategy for 2019-2021, we’ve strengthened our focus on three areas where we can leverage Swiss Re’s expertise the most: natural hazards and climate risk management, access to health and income opportunities and innovation to build resilience. To focus our efforts and increase our impact, we’re phasing out water as a focus area and with it the ReSource Award programme, which will end in 2020.

Our strategic commitments aim to help realise the Sustainable Development Goals and contribute to Swiss Re’s mission to make the world more resilient. We strive to share expertise and encourage out-of-the-box thinking to solve problems. Knowing we can multiply impact by teaming up with the right experts, we collaborate with diverse partners – from research universities and think tanks through social enterprises to aid organisations and development-focused NGOs.

Our most important partner is Swiss Re itself, which not only funds the Foundation but also gives us access to the knowledge and networks of Swiss Re employees and clients. Our growing set of employee engagement opportunities reflect the long-term strategy set when the Foundation was established in 2012.

Our charitable commitments focus on the locations where Swiss Re has offices, at most of which we run the Charity of the Year programme. Globally, our charitable commitments consist mainly of financial grants for emergency relief measures after severe catastrophes, often supplemented by donations from Swiss Re employees.

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