Swiss Re recognised as the world’s most sustainable insurance company for the fifth year in a row

Swiss Re tops the list of the world’s most sustainable companies in the insurance industry, and has been named the insurance "Supersector Leader" by RobecoSAM in their 2012 annual review for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes.

For the fifth year in a row, Swiss Re has been named the most sustainable company in the insurance sector by RobecoSAM, one of the world’s leading corporate sustainability benchmarks. This puts Swiss Re ahead of over 120 sector competitors in the 2012 Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) review.

According to RobecoSAM, Swiss Re’s long-standing commitment to sustainability secured its top position among insurance companies.

Swiss Re is particularly recognised for its Sustainability Risk Framework, its capabilities in detecting and assessing business risks and for developing sustainability-oriented products such as its pioneering work on the Economics of Climate Adaptation.

The company has established a successful track record of providing insurance to low-income communities in the developing world by working together with various public-sector organisations and governments. Recent initiatives include ground-breaking microinsurance projects in Haiti and Ethiopia.

To foster a skilled and motivated workforce, Swiss Re offers a wide range of development and training opportunities and promotes a culture of diversity and inclusion.

Investors and asset managers are increasingly considering environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria when making investment decisions, and many are building up their own research capabilities. For ESG-oriented investors and rating agencies, the latest DJSI listings reaffirm Swiss Re as a “best in class” company that demonstrates its corporate leadership on sustainability.

About DJSI

The Dow Jones Sustainability indexes (DJSI) track the financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide.  The DJSI serve as benchmarks for investors who integrate sustainability considerations into their portfolios. The indexes follow a best-in-class approach, thus including companies across all industries that outperform their peers in numerous sustainability metrics. Companies undergo an in-depth analysis of economic, environmental and social criteria, such as corporate governance, climate-related risks and stakeholder relations, with a special focus on industry-specific risks and opportunities. To be included or remain in the index, companies need to continually strengthen their sustainability initiatives.

RobecoSAM annually identifies the top company in each of 19 Supersectors derived from a total of 58 sectors.

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