Honouring the significance of Juneteenth
Today, as part of Juneteenth, we are closing our US offices to recognise the abolishment of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865. This came more than two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. This important step forward – only a few generations ago – was a triumph not just for the US, but for humanity. However, issues persist as seen with recent events which sparked large scale protests in support of Black Lives Matter. It's all too clear neither social injustice nor racism have disappeared.
Our company was founded the same year as this milestone date in 1863. Since that time, we've grown, and our business model has expanded around the world. We are proud that people from 115 different nations, across 30 countries work in our organisation. Diversity is essential for us, but there is still a long way to go. Let there be no doubt that discrimination has no place at Swiss Re. We stand together in our commitment to promoting an inclusive culture. In support of equality, we honour the significance of Juneteenth.