Strategy

Our vision is to help societies develop their capacity to mitigate health, environmental and economic risks as well as to recover quickly from setbacks. In other words, we play a role in strengthening the resilience of communities their ability to survive and thrive in the face of resource stresses, societal adversity their capacity to survive and thrive in the face of resource stresses, societal adversity, natural disasters or a combination of all three.

The scope of our activities

We aim to make a measurable and sustainable difference. We support them not only through evidence-based grant funding, but also by giving them access to the broad expertise of Swiss Re’s employees and allowing them to learn, prototype and scale effective solutions. We do this where Swiss Re operates or intends to in the future and where the protection gap is widest, that is, in emerging and developing countries.

Our focus areas and priorities

To concentrate our efforts and increase our impact, we've defined priority themes that apply to our activities both at Swiss Re locations and in selected developing regions.

•         Natural hazards and climate risk management

•         Access to health and income opportunities

•         Innovation for societal resilience

To concentrate our efforts and increase our impact, we've defined priority themes that apply to our activities both in selected developing regions and at Swiss Re locations.

Focus area

Priority themes

Natural hazard and
climate risk management

  • Enhancing disaster risk reduction at the community level
  • Coastal resilience
  • Climate-smart agriculture

Access to health and income opportunities

  • Improving access to healthcare for underserved groups

Innovation for societal resilience

  • Partnerships with leading academic institutions and innovation hubs

Our strategic commitments

Our strategic commitments aim to help realise the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, foster resilient societies and complement Swiss Re's overall sustainability objectives. 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 corporate volunteering programmes

An 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 volunteering opportunities fall into three clusters:

Charitable commitments

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

 

"We’ll keep collaborating with public, private and academic partners to support risk management, favouring initiatives that have measurable impact, offer process and technology innovations and build versatile, durable risk knowledge."
Stefan Huber Fux, Director Swiss Re Foundation