As a European financial service provider, Helvetia wants to contribute to the sustainable development of business and society. As part of the Sustainability Strategy 20.25, the insurance group is pursuing the ambition of being committed to sustainability and being there when it matters, in line with its purpose. To do so, Helvetia is focussing on four areas that are relevant to its stakeholders and the insurance industry: its own business operations, customers and products, investments, and culture and governance. Examples of milestones that have already been achieved include CO2 neutrality for own operations since 2017, signing the UN Principles for Responsible Investment in 2020 and adopting the Responsible Investment Strategy 2021.
Improved sustainability rating
The recent rating increase to 'A' (previously 'BBB') by the independent rating agency MSCI shows that the various measures taken in the area of sustainability over the past few years are viewed very positively. Helvetia has therefore achieved the goal of an 'A' ESG rating from MSCI set as part of the Sustainability Strategy 20.25 and will continue to work hard on sustainability issues and push forward improvements.
Kaspar Hartmann becomes Chief Corporate Sustainability Officer
Philipp Gmür, Group CEO of Helvetia, emphasises: "Sustainability is a key success factor for our company. With our business model, we promote economic, social and environmental action, and thus deliver sustainable financial performance." That's why Helvetia is also strengthening its sustainability work on an organisational level: Kaspar Hartmann is now Helvetia's Chief Sustainability Officer. In this newly created role, he will be implementing and further developing the Group-wide sustainability strategy with even more drive. Kaspar Hartmann (46) has held various management positions at Helvetia in Switzerland and abroad for 17 years. Most recently, he has been successfully managing the non-life business at Helvetia Austria.