The Swiss Life Group is committed to implementing the recognised principles of responsible corporate conduct and continually adapts its corporate governance practices to current developments.
Swiss Life complies with internationally accepted standards of corporate governance and, in the interests of its shareholders, policyholders and staff, attaches great importance to the requirements entailed in terms of the management and organisation of the Swiss Life Group. The corporate governance of Swiss Life Holding Ltd (Swiss Life Holding) is based on the Directive on Information Relating to Corporate Governance issued by the SIX Swiss Exchange and the circulars 2008/32 on corporate governance, risk management and internal control systems for insurance companies and 2010/1 on minimum standards for remuneration schemes of financial institutions published by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA. It is also modelled on leading national and international corporate governance standards, in particular the Swiss Code of Best Practice for Corporate Governance issued by the Swiss Business Federation, economiesuisse, as well as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) principles on corporate governance.
The measures and mechanisms introduced by Swiss Life to ensure good corporate governance work well in practice; however, specific adjustments are examined on an ongoing basis in order to adapt the management and control tools and disclosure to current circumstances and to implement further improvements.
In the year under review, Swiss Life revised its Code of Conduct in the light of best practice. The Code offers guidance on the interaction of employees with each other and with persons outside Swiss Life. It lays down the values and principles of the Swiss Life Group and establishes binding guidelines. Specific rules are set out with relation to insider information for example. Management must obtain prior approval (pre-clearance) before carrying out transactions in Swiss Life Holding shares.
This report describes the essential features of corporate governance within the Swiss Life Group. The structure below largely follows the Directive on Information Relating to Corporate Governance issued by the SIX Swiss Exchange, which came into force on 1 July 2002, and was revised on 1 January 2007 and 1 July 2009, and also takes into consideration the regulations on transparency stipulated in the Swiss Code of Obligations with regard to the compensation of members of the Board of Directors and the Corporate Executive Board and FINMA circular 2010/1 on minimum standards for remuneration schemes of financial institutions. Further information on the Code of Conduct and the values of the Swiss Life Group can be found in the section “Values” in the Business Review.