Sector and issue policies

Our Sustainability Risk Framework comprises policies on particularly sensitive sectors and issues. Each of these policies lists what we consider to be the key concerns in the respective area.

Sensitive sectors and issues

At present, our Sustainability Risk Framework comprises two umbrella policies on human rights and environmental protection and specific guidelines for seven sectors and issues which we consider to carry particular environmental and social risks:

  • Two umbrella policies on human rights and environmental protection policy
  • Animal testing
  • Dams
  • Defence industry
  • Forestry, pulp & paper and oil palm
  • Mining
  • Nuclear weapons proliferation
  • Oil and gas (including oil sands)

Applying ethical principles

Each of the framework's eight policies lists what we consider to be the key concerns in the respective area. In determining these concerns, we take guidance from internationally recognised ethical principles. Swiss Re is a signatory to the UN Global Compact, which derives its human rights principles from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, its labour principles from the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, its environment principles from the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development and its anti-corruption principles from the United Nations Convention against Corruption.


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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