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Road to Rio+20: building a sustainable world

Ahead of Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, we reaffirm Swiss Re's commitment to sustainable value creation in our latest Corporate Responsibility Report.

At Swiss Re, we are committed to supporting innovation and economic progress, while doing what's right for the environment and society. This is reflected in our 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report - "Committed to sustainable value creation" (PDF, 22 MB), launched ahead of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).

Supporting sustainable value creation for over 20 years

Two decades after the first global conference on sustainability, Rio+20 represents a historic opportunity. It will bring together governments, international institutions and major groups with the objective of securing renewed political commitment for sustainable development and addressing new and emerging challenges so as to build a cleaner, greener and more prosperous world for all.

During this time Swiss Re has been playing its part in supporting sustainable value creation."The fact that we have been publishing such an account for more than ten years is a testament to our long-standing commitment to acting responsibly," said Swiss Re Group CEO Michel Liès.

Our sustainable approach

The 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report details our strategic approach to corporate responsibility and provides a comprehensive review of the actions we are taking to support sustainable development. These actions focus on sustainable solutions, risk management, risk dialogue, internal environmental management, corporate citizenship and employee relations.

As a new feature this year, we have included two sections providing background information on two sustainability topics high on Swiss Re's agenda: climate change and microinsurance. The Report also evaluates our progress in meeting the specific goals we set for 2011 and defines our targets for 2012.

Corporate responsibility in action

The 2011 Report highlights achievements such as how our innovative risk transfer solutions help those on low incomes build better lives by offering them affordable insurance protection. This enables them to recover more quickly after natural catastrophes and to become more resilient to climate change. Such solutions include the MiCRO initiative in Haiti, the R4 Rural Resilience Initiative in Ethiopia and Senegal, and our collaboration with the Global Index Insurance Facility. You can find out more about these and other projects in the "Creating solutions for sustainability" chapter of the Report.

To learn more about Swiss Re’s activities as a responsible company in 2011, download a copy of the Report.

Published 13 June 2012

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