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Climate protection

Swiss Life wishes to make an active contribution to climate protection. It is for this reason that in 2008 it set up the Swiss Climate Foundation together with other Swiss companies.

Goals of climate protection

  • To steadily reduce greenhouse gas emissions at all locations
  • To support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in enhancing their energy efficiency and cutting CO2 emissions

The Swiss Life Group jointly founded the Swiss Climate Foundation with eleven other companies in 2008. All partners of the Swiss Climate Foundation donate their net gains from redistributed CO2 levies (rebates) to the foundation.

With the contributions of all partner companies the Swiss Climate Foundation supports SME projects in the following areas:

  • A voluntary target agreement with the Energy Agency of the Economy (EnAW)
  • Operational energy savings
  • Innovative climate protection solutions

Together with its partner companies in the Swiss Climate Foundation a total of CHF 1.8 million was donated in 2012 to support 86 efficiency projects at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The CDP is an independent non-profit organisation with the world’s largest database of corporate information on climate change.

  • In 2011 Swiss Life once again took part in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and published its report for the first time, for which it was awarded 70 out of 100 index points for transparency.

  • Swiss Life has steadily improved its Climate Disclosure Score over recent years. From 74 points, this has now risen to 89 index points in the 2014 report. This places Swiss Life 9 points above the average score for the Swiss financial sector. Climate Disclosure Scoring denotes the completeness of environmental reporting and is therefore an indicator of the usefulness of the data. For the effectiveness of measures taken to combat climate change, Swiss Life was awarded a "C" in a scale from "A" (highest) to "E" (lowest).

Reducing CO2 emission:

  • Swiss Life has introduced measures to reduce CO2 emission by controlling transport and movement. Since May 2011, Swiss Life Roubaix has been developing the town’s first carsharing website. Carsharing is an inexpensive opportunity to exert a positive impact in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. Swiss Life is also developing video conferencing and teleworking. In addition, the CO2 emission of the fleet of commercial vehicles is being controlled.