Swiss reinsurer integrates ESG in investment process

Zurich-headquartered reinsurance giant Swiss Re has integrated ESG criteria into its investment process and this, since the beginning of 2017, the company announced.

The firm has selected the equity MSCI ESG Index family and the fixed income Bloomberg Barclays MSCI Corporate Sustainability Index family as ESG benchmarks in its respective equity and fixed income portfolios.

“Enhancing our investment portfolio by adopting broad-based ESG benchmarks has been the most meaningful and strategic step in our journey to integrate ESG considerations into the investment process”, said Guido Fürer, Group chief investment officer at Swiss Re.

“These benchmarks represent a suitable tool to achieve the desired investment behavior and set the right measurement both from a performance and ESG perspective,” he added.

Adrien Paredes-Vanheule
Adrien Paredes-Vanheule is deputy editor and French-Speaking Europe Correspondent for InvestmentEurope, covering France, Belgium, Geneva and Monaco. Prior to joining InvestmentEurope, he spent almost five years writing for various publications in Monaco, primarily as a criminal and financial court reporter. Before that, he worked for newspapers and radio stations in France, in particular in Lyon.

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