As an internationally operating company, Hannover Re bears responsibility in various senses. This is true of compliance with relevant laws and regulations, but also applies to the relationship with staff, shareholders, the public at large and the cultures within which the company operates. As a listed European company (SE) based in Germany, the formal framework that shapes Hannover Re’s corporate governance is determined by national law. The fundamental hallmarks of this corporate governance structure are a two-tier system with its transparent and effective split into management (Executive Board) and its oversight (Supervisory Board), the appointment of shareholder and employee representatives to the Supervisory Board and the rights of co-administration and supervision exercised by shareholders at the General Meeting. The interplay between these bodies is regulated by German stock corporation law and by the company’s Articles of Association. Furthermore, our Group Strategy, the Corporate Governance principles and our Code of Conduct form the basis of our enterprise management.
In addition to our continuous engagement with the changing general legal framework, since 2003 we have provided an annual Declaration of Conformity with the German Corporate Governance Code (DCGK) which is published on our company’s website and reproduced on page 106 of the Group management report. The Corporate Governance principles of Hannover Rück SE are also subject to regular review and fulfil the recommendations of the currently valid version of the German Corporate Governance Code as amended.
Given that the trust of our various stakeholder groups and an immaculate reputation advance the success of our company, we also make every effort to continuously maintain an active dialogue with our stakeholders.
In our annually published Sustainability Report we provide regular updates on our achievements as a responsible enterprise. In so doing, we follow the currently applicable and internationally recognised guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). In our sustainability communication we also fulfil the transparency requirements of environmental, social and governance (ESG) rating agencies, as reflected in the favourable evaluations of our company. Hannover Re participates in the following sustainability ratings: FTSE4Good, Robeco SAM, Oekom Research, Sustainalytics, VigeoEiris, CDP and MSCI. In addition, we are included in the FTSE4Good Index, the Global Challenges Index initiated by the Hannover stock exchange parent company BÖAG Börsen AG as well as in major STOXX indices.
|Goal to be achieved by 2017:|
Value creation for our shareholders
|Our goals and performance indicators for value-based enterprise management are set out as part of our Group strategy.||Further information in this regard is provided in the “Value-based management” section of the Annual Report.|
|Goal to be achieved by 2017:|
Attractive investment for sustainability-minded investor groups
|Active dialogue with rating agencies for sustainability with a view to ongoing inclusion in at least one recognised sustainability index as well as maintaining the Oekom “Prime” rating||A regular, active dialogue is conducted with rating agencies. In 2017 we were again listed in the FTSE4Good Index and achieved the “Prime” rating from Oekom Research.|
|Enlarge on rating-specific sustainability topics||In the context of the annual online Sustainability Report we have been increasingly responsive to the information requirements of rating agencies and enlarged on various topics, including for example reinsurance solutions.|