Fostering an inclusive workplace
Motivation and creativity can be unleashed in an organisation only if employees feel included and free to be themselves. Our business success depends on our ability to create and sustain an inclusive culture – one that builds diverse teams, encourages fresh perspectives and brings innovative thinking to developing smarter solutions for our clients. A commitment to inclusiveness is therefore fundamental for our organisational performance and part of our Group Code of Conduct. Alongside the work driven by our global Talent & Diversity team or our regional / local D&I Councils, we have active Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) focusing on inclusion through a lens of gender diversity, LGBTI+, people of color and mental health.
Swiss Re is committed to provide an equal and safe work environment for LGBTI+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex) employees, and is a signatory to the United Nation’s Free & Equal Standards of Conduct to tackle discrimination against LGBTI+ people. In the last two years, we have equalised our leave (parental & bereavement), gift and insured (medical, death & critical illness) benefits for our employees and their partners: all of these benefits now extend to LGBTI+ partners as well as unmarried heterosexual partners across our locations globally – for the few locations where a significant cultural or legal barrier still exists, we continue to work on solutions.
Our global Together with Pride employee network comprises over 1 000 allies and LGBTI+ employees and has active local chapters in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, Slovakia, Switzerland, the UK and the US. To honour Pride Month, we decorate our buildings in different locations with rainbow colours to show our support for the LGBTI+ community.
Being a parent at Swiss Re
At Swiss Re, we understand that having children and bringing them up is a source of great joy and that one’s life takes on a new quality that shapes day-to-day routines. We want to help our employees balance their career and family responsibilities, allowing them to always put their families first. To this effect, we offer a range of programmes and support services. These benefits are tailored to the local needs of our workforce and therefore differ from region to region.
In Switzerland, for instance, we offer secondary carers the possibility to extend their leave up to a total of eight weeks, made possible by a 50/50 cost-sharing arrangement between employees and Swiss Re. In the US all new parents receive six weeks of paid parental leave and birth mothers receive an additional 10 weeks of paid time off.
In Bratislava – one of our high growth locations – we have honoured the concept of “maternity buddies” since 2015: Every mother on maternity leave has a maternity buddy who informs her about current activities in the team, news concerning the organisation as well as open positions to encourage their return. To enable parents to concentrate on challenges at work – knowing that their children are in good hands and being properly cared for – we started partnering with the TwinCity Kindergarten, a day care provider located in the same premises as Swiss Re.
Caring for the wellbeing of our employees
A healthy mind is as important as a healthy body. We set high standards in terms of caring for the physical and mental wellbeing of our employees and aim to provide a workplace that helps everyone improve and maintain both their wellbeing and their ability to perform. We offer free, locally available Employee Assistance Programmes, through which our employees can get confidential, impartial and professional assistance on issues of a personal or work-related nature. Our mental health network, Pathways, has active chapters in Switzerland and UK with the mission to raise awareness around mental health topics and to create a fully inclusive and accepting workplace where employees feel free and safe to share their stories.