Global Entrepreneur Program
Our Global Entrepreneur Program (GEP) turns Swiss Re employees into entrepreneurs, encouraging them to push their boundaries as professionals and as people.
A joint initiative launched in 2015 with the social enterprise BOOKBRIDGE and Swiss Re Human Resources, GEP at first challenged employees to build up Learning Centers in Mongolia, Cambodia and Sri Lanka that complement local educational offerings and give community members of all ages a place to come together. Operated as social enterprises by locals for locals, Learning Centers offer quality education, access to books, space for children to play and other materials and services tailored to local needs.
Since 2018 GEP has evolved further into a programme where Swiss Re employees support social start-ups that have partnered with the Foundation. In 2018-2020, for example, selected Swiss Re talents helped MSABI, which maintains water points in rural Tanzania and partnered with CASSA to develop a new business plan for offering affordable house remodeling to low-income families in Guatemala. We also implement a regional version of the programme in Bangalore, India, where local Swiss Re employees coach and mentor Indian social entrepreneurs who are working to solve pressing challenges in Bangalore communities.
GEP participants, who collaborate with local entrepreneurs, describe the experience as life-changing. Thanks to the energy, brainpower and personal time that participants have invested in it from the start, GEP is one of our most successful corporate volunteering initiatives.