Swiss Life and its employees support people in need and a large number of meaningful projects, be this with charitable foundations or voluntary work.
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 to date has donated CHF 1.3 to 1.5 million a year. In 2015, it supported a total of 128 projects. It is expected that a similar number of organisations will be supported in 2016 too, with grants amounting to approximately CHF 1.5 million.
Swiss Life France created its own foundation in 2009. The “Fondation Swiss Life” supports projects or organizations promoting the creation of promising perspectives in life and focuses its activities on the three pillars of sustainable health, art and music for all, and charitable projects.
The focus of sustainable health is on people suffering from cancer or Alzheimer's disease.
With art & music for all, Swiss Life France has set itself the goal of facilitating better access to the arts for employees and customers from sections of the population that are deprived of this. The Foundation helps to provide training and art workshops for Alzheimer patients and their families. In 2014 Swiss Life France launched the “Prix Swiss Life à 4 mains” award which brings together a composer and a photographer who then create a joint work of art. The work produced by composer Arthur Lavandier and photographer Julien Taylor that won first prize was inspired by Marc Chagall and his musical constraints. Further impressions can be found at https://www.facebook.com/#!/Prix.Swiss.Life.4mains/
The Fondation Swiss Life comprises more than 50 volunteer projects launched since its foundation that are supported by Swiss Life employees in various regions of France.
Swiss Life has been helping children in need since 1991 through its charitable foundation "Stiftung Zuversicht für Kinder" in Germany, which is also supported by the regional Swiss Life Select companies in Austria and the Czech Republic. A sister foundation exists in Switzerland. The foundation is funded mainly by donations from financial advisors and employees. The foundation "Zuversicht für Kinder" is primarily a funding organisation. The two foundations in Germany and Switzerland jointly run a large-scale project building a treatment centre for children with facial disfigurements in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia.
Swiss Life Germany has also been supporting the "Nicolaidis Stiftung" since 2007, which is a charitable organisation for widowed mothers, fathers and their children.
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.