We are a member of numerous regional, national and global associations, advocacy groups and organisations. Our employees participate in working groups on various topics and contribute their specialist expertise to relevant discussions on a range of subjects, including sustainability issues.
On the international level our Chief Executive Officer added his signature to the Geneva Association's "Climate Risk Statement" in 2009. Together with the Chief Executives of a further 65 of the world's leading insurance undertakings, our CEO reaffirmed his support for this declaration – originally dating from 2009 – in May 2014. The guiding principles set out therein describe how the insurance industry intends to play its part in global efforts to tackle climate-related risks. These include activities in the areas of product innovation, climate research and investment. We are also represented on the "Extreme Events and Climate Risk Working Group" of the Geneva Association.
In addition, we are a member of the Reinsurance Advisory Board (RAB), which has been registered since July 2015 in the EU Transparency Register. Our CEO took over again as the RAB chair for a two-year term commencing in May 2017.
The design of our investment policy is guided primarily by the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact. We also work towards safeguarding decent working conditions in our supply chain. Our Code of Conduct for Suppliers requires respect for human rights and compliance with the core labour standards of the International Labour Organization (ILO).
The following list shows a selection of the most significant bodies to which our company belongs: