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Risk management

A further pillar of Swiss Life’s responsible, sustainable business is its integrated, value-oriented risk management involving both quantitative and qualitative elements. The goal is to protect customers’ funds and ensure the best possible investment of risk capital, while complying with regulatory requirements and taking into account persistently challenging economic conditions.

Risk management is a key component of Swiss Life’s management process. The respective committees of the Corporate Executive Board and the Board of Directors continually monitor and take decisions in the area of risk management; these are then incorporated into the annual planning process. On the one hand, they comprise qualitative assessments from a strategic perspective, taking into consideration operational risks and the internal control system (ICS). On the other hand, quantitative elements for each insurance unit, such as risk budgeting and investment strategy, are included in Asset Liability Management. Based on overall risk capacity and risk appetite and taking account of regulatory provisions, limits are set in the individual units for the financial risks incurred, according to which the investment targets are set. The qualitative risk management elements mentioned above are presented and discussed below. Detailed information on the risk budgeting process and asset and liability management is provided in Note 5 (Risk Management Policies and Procedures) of the Consolidated Financial Statements.