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Sustainable business activities

Climate and environmental protection are a high priority for us. We are steadily reducing our operations-related CO2 emissions and are committed to purchasing electricity only from renewable sources. As a contribution to fighting climate change, we want to reduce CO2 emissions in our business activities to zero by 2040.
Climate change
Weather-related natural events that cause economic damage are increasing as a result of climate change. That is why we are committed to protecting the environment and climate. As a risk insurer and long-term investor, this is also in our economic interests. The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is an integral part of our sustainability management.

Reduction in CO2 emissions

We are participating in developing a low-emissions economy. We are taking structural actions, optimising our processes and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions.

As a contribution to fighting climate change, We want to reduce its CO2 emissions in its business activities to zero by 2040. To the extent of the remaining, currently unavoidable CO2 emissions, we invest in high-quality climate protection projects worldwide that fulfil the highest standards, thereby underlining our commitment to climate protection.

Most of our operation-related emissions are attributable to energy consumption in our offices and on business trips This is also where we are primarily focussing our efforts to reduce CO2 emissions to zero by 2040. We are cutting our energy consumption at all sites and invest in energy-saving technology and construction materials for new buildings and renovations. We use electricity only from renewable sources. The aim is for business traffic to be low-emission in future with the increased switch to electromobility.

CO2 emissions per employee (FTE),
kg CO2 equivalent
kg CO2 equivalent
*Values do not include emissions caused by commuting. See Sustainability Report 2023 for values including commuter traffic emissions.

Commuter and business traffic

Traffic causes over half of the carbon footprint at Helvetia. We therefore attach great importance to sustainable mobility management.

Business trips and trips to customers are part of our daily business. Our employees are encouraged to use public transport for business trips in principle and can also borrow e-bikes at the head offices for short business journeys. By using video conference technology, we were not only able to improve communication among employees but were also able to reduce the amount of travelling. Moreover, we have made it possible for employees to work flexibly independent of location, which includes the option of working from home. This reduces travel for our 3400 employees in Switzerland, who would otherwise drive or ride to the office and home again every day by bicycle, train, bus or car. At all large locations, we offer bicycle parking facilities, cloakrooms and showers for commuters. We also support the use of public transport for commuting thanks to discounted season tickets. The goal of such actions is to also reduce CO2 emissions from commuting and enable employees to travel in an economical, stress-free and environmentally friendly way.

Sustainable procurement

When buying goods and services, we take care to observe environmental, social and governance criteria. As an insurance company, We primarily provide services and processes data and information for this purpose. Purchases are made for ongoing office operations, building equipment and maintenance. In addition to office supplies and paper, we also purchase IT products, office furniture and promotional items. In addition, we purchase external services such as cleaning, translations, consulting, financial services or certifications. We apply principles for local, environmentally and socially responsible procurement to its purchasing. We have described these principles in our "Vendor Code of Conduct", which we require our partners to adhere to.

Our suppliers

We maintain a constructive, fair and cooperative relationship with our suppliers, many of whom are also our customers. In this way, we support a fair and competitive business policy with market prices.

Emissions 2023

As part of a targeted strategy we have committed to reducing CO2 emissions to net-zero by 2040. We report in detail on our progress in our annual sustainability report.

Share of total CO2 emissions in 2023,
Electricity 627
Heat 7,734
Business traffic 14,347
Commuter traffic 18,484
Paper 443
Water 243
Waste 1,187
Coolants and extinguishers 18
Share of business traffic in CO2 emissions 60%
Electricity 72
Heat 1,749
Business traffic 7,432
Commuter traffic 2,812
Paper 113
Water 23
Waste 77
Coolants and extinguishers 14
Share of business traffic in CO2 emissions 82%
Helvetia and Climate Partner
To emphasise our commitment to climate protection, we invest annually in high-quality, certified climate protection projects to the extent of our remaining emissions. Various projects and quantities are set out transparently under Helvetia’s climate partner ID 12937-1809-1001.