Swiss Life and its employees support people in need and a large number of meaningful projects, be this with charitable foundations or voluntary work.
Wide range of projects in all countries
Swiss Life in Switzerland
In Switzerland the Perspectives Foundation funds domestic charitable initiatives in the fields of health, science, education, culture and sport, focusing on integration and education.The foundation was created on the occasion of Swiss Life’s 150th anniversary in 2005 and has donated to date slightly more than CHF 1 million a year. In 2012 it supported a total of 96 projects. From 2013 it is expected to provide financial support of around CHF 1.5 million in each of the coming years.
Swiss Life in France
Swiss Life in France has had its own foundation, the Fondation Swiss Life, since 2009. In 2010, this foundation supported the Institut Curie (a cancer research institute and hospital) and the Association France Alzheimer (providing training for Alzheimer patients). The Fondation Swiss Life provided funding for concerts and art exhibitions for people in nursing homes, sick children and patients with dementia. It also supported four charitable projects, run by Swiss Life employees, for disabled children and children with leukaemia.
Swiss Life in Germany
In Germany, Swiss Life has been providing support since 2007 for the Nicolaidis Foundation, a non-profit organisation for widows, widowers and their children.
Swiss Life Select (formerly AWD) has been helping children in need since it created the AWD-Stiftung Kinderhilfe foundation in Germany in 1991, which the local Swiss Life Select companies in Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic also support. The foundation is funded mainly by contributions from the salaries of Swiss Life Select employees. It runs two large-scale operational projects of its own. The Noma project run by the German AWD-Stiftung in Sokoto in West Africa is devoted to the surgical rehabilitation of victims of a disease caused by a mixed infection which results in severe facial disfigurement. In Bischkek in Kyrgyzstan, the Swiss AWD-Kinderstiftung is building a treatment centre for children with facial malformations in Bishkek (cleft lip and palate).
Support of personal engagement
Swiss Life is committed to the principle of voluntary public service. For Swiss Life, as a company operating in the social insurance sector, it is important that society should function smoothly and that its members should be well integrated. Voluntary public service means taking personal action in matters of public life and in effect constitutes unpaid work for the entire community. An unpaid commitment in society and the economy promotes a sense of community and public welfare and enhances social skills.
The staff regulations explicitly approve the involvement of employees in political and military functions. The company offers all reasonable support for such involvement such as a flexible approach to working hours. In Switzerland, for instance, around 40 employees are voluntarily active in a political or judiciary function, holding executive, legislative, or judiciary office at communal or cantonal level, on school boards, church councils and welfare authorities. Other employees sit on the central committees of political parties within their communes or cantons.