Corporate governance

Our Corporate Governance

Swiss Re's corporate governance aims to safeguard the sustainable interest of the Group. We are convinced that good corporate governance is in the interest of the Group, its shareholders, clients, employees and further stakeholders. It is increasingly important to measure a company's corporate governance based on environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria. 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 corporate regulations

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.  

The Group Code of Conduct outlines our compliance framework and sets out the basic ethical and legal principles and policies we apply globally. 

The Group Corporate Governance Guidelines set forth the Group's governance framework, principles, processes and requirements, ensuring consistent and fitted corporate governance across the Group. 

The Articles of Association define the legal and organisational framework of the Group's holding company Swiss Re Ltd and of the Business Unit top-level entities such as Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd.

The Corporate Bylaws define the governance framework of Swiss Re Ltd and the Group including the responsibilities and authorities of the Board of Directors, Chairman, Vice Chairman, Lead Independent Director, Board Committees, Group Executive Committee, Group CEO and other individual Group Executive Committee members including the Regional Presidents, as well as the relevant reporting procedures. Corporate Bylaws for the Business Unit top-level entities define their governance framework including responsibilities and authorities respectively. The Board Committee Charters outline the duties and responsibilities of the Board Committees.

Corporate Governance Report 2017

Organisational overview