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Our corporate responsibility governance

The Zurich Corporate Responsibility Council

The Corporate Responsibility Council acts as a steering group for all our CR activity. The council includes senior representatives from all areas of the business to ensure our objectives and activities are directly linked to the business strategy.

The council, which meets regularly, has the following objectives:

  • To deliver a best practice approach to CR, supporting the strategic aims of the UK business and the group global strategy 

  • To prioritise and implement CR priorities with the business through normal functional/business processes 

  • To support the embedding of CR targets into business plans through communication and regular monitoring of performance 

  • To measure the achievements of CR targets and re-evaluate priorities based on changes in best practice or performance.


 
 
Sophie Timms

    Sophie Timms

Head of CR for Zurich UK

The Zurich Group

The Zurich Group provides the overarching strategy for Zurich in the UK’s approach to corporate responsibility.

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Zurich Basics

Zurich Basics, our Group’s code of conduct, is fundamental to our success. It ensures that all we do – as a business and as individuals – meets the highest ethical, legal and professional standards. Each employee is required to do an annual refresher course on Zurich Basics. You can view it in full here.


Political donations

Zurich has a clear policy regarding political donations and publishes its guidelines for employees on our intranet site. This policy states that ‘a political contribution is defined as a donation or payment of any kind by or on behalf of the company that is not part of a normal, commercial transaction. This could be financial, or it could be a service or resource made to a political party, movement or candidate. In terms of political donations, our policy is not to get improperly involved in political activities at any level. As a result no political contribution of any kind should ever be given'.


The United Nations Global Compact and the Principles for Responsible Investment

Zurich became a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact in July 2011. By signing, we are committed to aligning our strategy, culture and day-to-day operations with the Global Compact’s ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Zurich became a signatory of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in July 2012. This global investor initiative, in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Finance Initiative and the UN Global Compact, is designed to provide a framework for better integration of environmental, social and governance factors into the investment practice. Managing Zurich Insurance Group’s more than USD 200 billion portfolio of Group investments, Zurich’s investment management is fully committed to responsible investment.

Contact us

If you would like to find out more about Zurich’s Corporate Responsibility Policy in the UK, please contact the Corporate Responsibility team.