Sourcing principles

In our sourcing operations, we follow a set of Group-wide principles to select goods and services that meet sustainability criteria and adhere to the UN Global Compact. In addition, Minimum Standards further specify our requirements for certain product groups.

A global sourcing policy

For our purchasing operations, we apply an overarching Group Sourcing Policy. It defines criteria to select goods and services that offer best value for money, meet high quality standards, and adhere to the ten principles of the UN Global Compact. Amongst other things, these principles prohibit any sort of discrimination and the use of child or forced labour, and require that the freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining be upheld.

Specific product standards

Environmental criteria must be included in our purchasing decisions with regard to materials and ingredients, production methods, recycling and waste. For the following product groups, we use Minimum Standards that specify our requirements: power, paper, office supplies, cleaning services and agents, furniture and building materials. Each standard lists objectives, ecological aspects, ecological minimum standards, exceptions, controlling and labels.


Corporate responsibility

Corporate responsibility

We have a long-standing commitment to corporate responsibility and strive to implement this across our business. Our performance has received high ratings from independent third-party organisations.

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A leader in sustainability

Swiss Re was insurance industry sector leader in the 2016 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for the third consecutive year and the tenth time since 2004.

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