Corporate governance

Our Corporate Governance

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues have grown in importance and become key focus areas in Europe, the US and other key jurisdictions. Corporate actions do not take place in a vacuum, but within a dynamic landscape of evolving ESG issues and risks. ESG issues are linked to a variety of areas, for which the Board of Directors already have oversight, meaning those issues cannot be viewed in isolation. Swiss Re's corporate governance ensures sustainability, fosters transparency and facilitates a quality assessment of the Swiss Re Group's organisation and business. The Board of Directors regularly assesses Swiss Re's corporate governance against regulatory developments, relevant best practice standards and new stakeholder demands. It closely monitors Swiss and global corporate governance developments, considers relevant studies and surveys and ensures that Swiss Re's corporate governance is ready to respond to upcoming needs.

Our governance structure

The Board of Directors is responsible for oversight, while the Group Executive Committee is responsible for managing operations. The Board of Directors has established Board Committees, which support the Board in fulfilling its duties.

Our governance documents

Swiss Re's corporate governance principles and procedures are defined in several documents governing the oversight, organisation and management of Swiss Re Ltd and the Swiss Re Group and of Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Ltd and Swiss Re Life Capital Ltd and the respective Business Unit.

Our Code of Conduct provides key principles that guide Swiss Re in making responsible decisions and achieving results using the highest ethical standards.

Our Corporate Governance Guidelines set out Swiss Re's harmonised governance principles and standards, ensuring a consistent and tailored corporate governance approach across the Group.  

The Articles of Association define the legal and organisational framework of Swiss Re Ltd as the Group's holding company.

Organisational overview

Corporate Governance Report

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