Zurich Insurance Group

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Zurich Insurance Group. We are a leading multi-line insurer serving its customers in global and local market with ca. 55,000 employees. We offer a range of property and casualty, and life insurance products and services in more than 215 countries and territories. Zurich’s customers include individuals, small businesses, and mid-sized and large companies, as well as multinational corporations. We were founded in Zurich, Switzerland in 1872. Learn more about us here: https://www.zurich.com/en/about-us

News

  • Postgraduate studies in Sustainable Water Resources at ETH Zurich

    Applications are now being accepted for the Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Sustainable Water Resources, a one year full time study and research program at the Institute of Environmental Engineering, ETH Zurich. The MAS is designed to advance the knowledge of engineers, scientists, and water resources managers on sustainable water use in a changing [...]
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  • Looking Back at 2020 – SWP Youth

    The first year of SWP Youth can be described eventful despite Covid-19. Read more about the look back at 2020 here.
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  • Presentation New SWP Members 2020

    The new SWP members of 2020 presented their water projects and told us their motivation to become member of the Swiss Water Partnership. The following speakers introduced us to their projects: Michael Szönyi, Zurich Insurance Devi Bühler, Institute of Natural Resource Science, University of Applied Science Zürich (ZHAW) Tatenda Lemann, Centre for Development and Environment, [...]
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  • WWWeek at home 2020 – SWP Sessions

    On 27 August 2020 the World Water Week at home has successfully come to an end with the Swiss Water Partnership co-hosting three sessions: "Switzerland: Blessing or Curse for Water in the World?, "Water Data Scarcity - overcoming gaps for decision-making towards climate resilience" and "Solving the Water-Climate-Puzzle by connecting youth stories and decision-makers". All [...]
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  • WWWeek at home

    To help bridge the gap between the 2019 and 2021 World Water Weeks, SIWI is inviting you to join the WWWeek At Home between 24 and 28 August 2020. WWWeek At Home will bring together convenor-hosted, virtual adaptations of sessions on water and climate change originally destined for World Water Week 2020. Swiss Water Partnership is [...]
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  • Swiss investment in long-term water and sanitation solutions

    The COVID-19 pandemic is a health crisis but also has far-reaching social and economic consequences. The spread of the virus is closely related to water and sanitation as access to water, sanitation and hygiene is a fundamental determinant of health. Safely managed water, sanitation and hygiene services are an essential part of preventing disease and [...]
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Events

nanoTalk WaterThursday, 28. May 2020
Stockholm Junior Water Prize Award CeremonyTuesday, 25. August 2020
WWWeek at home: “Solving the Water-Climate-Puzzle by connecting youth stories and decision-makers”Wednesday, 26. August 2020
WWWeek at home: “Switzerland: Blessing or Curse for Water in the World?”Thursday, 27. August 2020
WWWeek at home: Water DATA scarcity– overcoming gaps for decision-making towards climate resilienceThursday, 27. August 2020
SWP General Assembly 2020Thursday, 17. September 2020 Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
Nestlé – Virtual Field trip: Nature and water conservation program at the source of Henniez (ECO-Broye)Friday, 30. October 2020
New SWP Members PresentationWednesday, 02. December 2020
Webinar “Water Governance in Asia-Pacific: lessons learnt from the AWDO 2020”Thursday, 21. January 2021
Virtual event “Water management put into practice by business leaders”Friday, 22. January 2021
Infrastructure Roadshow PeruTuesday, 26. January 2021
Blue Summit SwitzerlandWednesday, 27. January 2021
Danish Water Forum 2021Tuesday, 02. February 2021 to Thursday, 18. March 2021
SWP Webinar: Water quality in Switzerland and globally: Challenges, solutions and lessons learnedMonday, 22. March 2021
Webinar “The Future of Water Starts with us”Monday, 22. March 2021
Hands4health Kick-off WorkshopThursday, 22. April 2021
Swiss Water & Climate ForumTuesday, 07. September 2021 to Friday, 10. September 2021

Thematic expertise

Integrated Water Resources Management

Zurich is a signatory of the ‘United for disaster resilience’ statement, the insurance industry’s statement in support of disaster risk reduction. Zurich has also made a voluntary commitment to the ‘Insurance industry commitments to build disaster resilience and promote sustainable development’. This includes assessing how our underwriting activities take into account ESG aspects, also relating to the proper and sustainable management of water resources. Specifically, ESG underwriting looks at water-relevant aspects such as dam construction and mining.

Water for other uses

Dam construction

Dams help communities and economies manage water resources for food production, energy generation, flood alleviation and domestic and industrial use. But they can also displace communities, cause adverse environmental impacts and create the inequitable distribution of benefits.

Mining

Mining provides minerals and metals that underpin economic growth and social welfare. If not managed responsibly, mining operations can have adverse impacts on the environment, host communities and countries.

(https://www.zurich.com/en/sustainability/working-with-customers/esg-integration-in-insurance )

Water and climate change

The world is transforming at an unprecedented pace. At Zurich we believe we can have a positive impact in our role as insurer, investor, employer and in society. We have the knowledge, skills and capabilities and spirit to make a difference. Actively tackling climate change as a risk and opportunity is one of the three core elements of our Sustainability Strategy (https://www.zurich.com/en/sustainability).

Floods affect more people globally than any other type of natural hazard and cause some of the largest economic, social and humanitarian losses. There is a growing natural hazards protection gap between the total economic losses and the insured proportion of those losses that highlights this problem needs to be tackled both by traditional risk transfer mechanisms such as insurance, and by leveraging the insurance industry’s knowledge on risk management and risk reduction. By using Zurich’s risk expertise as a global insurer, we can help customers and communities reduce the devastating impacts of floods – even before a flood hits – and build community flood resilience in a more integrated way. This is why we launched the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance in 2013 and have entered in its second phase in 2018. The Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance, a multi-sector partnership focusing on finding practical ways to help communities strengthen their resilience to floods globally – and save lives was launched in 2013. In the first phase of the program, we have reached over 225,000 direct beneficiaries across our 13 programs in nine countries. In the second five-year phase of the program launched in July 2018, the Alliance aims to increase the investment going into pre-event resilience building by USD 1 billion and  commits to scaling up its work in climate action, to help make 2 million people more resilient to flooding, both by the end of 2023. We already know that every USD 1 invested in prevention saves on average USD 5 in future losses. We will do this by rolling out best-practice community programs that demonstrate the value of resilience-building; compiling best practices and success stories; and advocating for more investment in resilience with authorities and public and private funders. We share our knowledge on our own flood resilience portal.

https://www.zurich.com/sustainability/our-role-in-society/flood-resilience

Geographic expertise

Contact Person

Devi Bühler - Devi.buehler@zhaw.ch

Projects

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Documents

English

Peer Group Analysis: Water Investment Opportunity through Funds Solutions [pdf - 3.07 MB]
Presentation New SWP Members 2020 [pdf - 22.66 MB]Presentations by - Zurich Insurance, Michael Szönyi - Institute of Natural Resource Science, University of Applied Science Zürich (ZHAW), Devi Bühler - Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern, Tatenda Lemann - Evodrop, Fabio Hüther - Institute of Environmental and [...]
Report SWP Member Survey 2020 [pdf - 565.06 KB]
Swiss Junior Water Prize Winner 2020 Video [external file]A presentation of the Winner of the Swiss Junior Water Prize 2020, Anna Sidonia Marugg.
SWP Action Plan 2020-2021 [pdf - 425.87 KB]The SWP Action Plan 2020-2021 was approved by the General Assembly on 17 September 2020.
SWP Annual Report 2019 [pdf - 1.04 MB]The SWP Annual Report 2019 was approved by the General Assembly on 17 September 2020.
SWP Audit Report 2019 [pdf - 3.90 MB]The SWP Audit was conducted by Jean Frei Revisions- und Treuhand AG and the report was approved by the General Assembly on 17 September 2020.
SWP Budget 2021 [pdf - 93.69 KB]The SWP Budget 2021 was approved by the General Assembly on 17 September 2020.
SWP General Assembly 2019 – Minutes [pdf - 314.50 KB]The Minutes of the General Assembly 2019 were approved by the General Assembly on 17 September 2020.
SWP General Assembly 2020 – Minutes [pdf - 159.61 KB]
SWP Learning Event: The role of finance actors in the water sector [pdf - 3.58 MB]
SWP Youth Newsletter 2020 [pdf - 245.83 KB]
SWP Youth – Presentation SWP GA 2020 [pdf - 1.53 MB]
WWWeek at home 2020 – Presentation “Switzerland: Blessing or Curse for Water in the World?” [pdf - 41.27 MB]Presentation of the WWWeek at home Session "Switzerland: Blessing or Curse for Water in the World?"
WWWeek at home 2020 – SWP Report [pdf - 197.62 KB]
WWWeek at home 2020 – Presentation “Water Data Scarcity – overcoming gaps for decision-making towards climate resilience” [pdf - 1.58 MB]Presentation of the WWWeek at home Session "Water Data Scarcity - overcoming gaps for decision-making towards climate resilience"

German

Argumentarium “BLUE COMMUNITIES SCHWEIZ ZU DEN WASSERINITIATIVEN” [pdf - 606.91 KB]