Mutual respect is the precondition for a work environment based on trust, in which employees are comfortable.

Personal well-being, which includes the aspects of diversity and inclusion, work-life balance, mutual respect, workload and workplace atmosphere, was also a topic of the last Employee Survey, carried out in 2017. 83% of employees gave these factors an overall positive rating. This value is 11 percentage points over the “Financial industry in Europe” external benchmark. Equal opportunities and non-discrimination are also observed on a daily basis at Swiss Life, with 89% of employees saying they feel very respected in their team (+3 percentage points over 2015). This value is 12 percentage points over the “Financial industry in Europe” external benchmark*.

Swiss Life employs a number of specialists with great sector-specific knowledge and ability. Both managers and specialists are of prime importance to the corporate success of Swiss Life. The fostering of both female and male employees as part of diversity activities is thus reflected not only in the careers of managers, but also in those of specialists.

* Source: Global Employee Engagement Survey, IPSOS (Suisse) SA 2017

Compliant behaviour

The principles by which we work together at the Swiss Life Group are set down in the Code of Conduct, valid Group-wide. Swiss Life offers its employees a work environment characterised by respect and esteem. Among these is our zero-tolerance policy regarding mobbing and discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, confession, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental handicap, marital status, political views or other attributes.

The Swiss Life competency model valid for all employees is applied to the Group-wide management processes. It was comprehensively revised and updated in 2018. The competency model sets out among other things responsible behaviour, particularly as regards compliance standards, laws and risks. Employees are regularly informed about the legal framework in which they operate, backed up by training courses to ensure they behave with integrity and in conformity with the law. Swiss Life has established management processes and informal channels (e.g. an Ombudsman managed by a third party) for reporting and dealing with cases of discrimination or complaints.

Employees by contract type

Total 9 298 as at 31.12.2018
Men in % Women in % Total in %
Employees full-time
4 596 59 3174 41 84
Employees part-time
345 22 1183 78 16
Permanent employment contracts
4 171 46 4832 54 97
Temporary employment contracts
103 35 192 65 3

Fair employment procedures free of discrimination

In accordance with valid national and international law, the Swiss  Life Group follows fair employment procedures free of discrimination. Recruitment or promotion is based exclusively on ability, competence and potential in view of the requirements of the position in question. Fair and equal compensation for all employees is ensured by the Group-wide Group Compensation Policy. Swiss Life has used processes and instruments for a number of years in all its national companies to review and ensure equal pay for men and women. In Switzerland, for example, Logib software from the Federal Office for Gender Equality is used to review equal treatment. This year’s review, with the involvement of the staff committee, indicates no significant devia-tions among the functional groups under analysis.