The Swiss Life Group is committed to good corporate governance. Its principles and guidelines for responsible corporate management are constantly fine-tuned in accordance with recognised national and international standards.
Swiss Life complies with accepted standards of corporate governance and, in the interests of its shareholders, policyholders and staff, attaches great importance to the requirements entailed in terms of the management and organisation of the Swiss Life Group. The corporate governance of Swiss Life Holding Ltd (Swiss Life Holding) is based on the relevant directives issued by the SIX Swiss Exchange and the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA and is modelled on leading national and international corporate governance standards, in particular the Swiss Code of Best Practice for Corporate Governance issued by the Swiss Business Federation, “economiesuisse”, as well as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) principles on corporate governance.
The measures and mechanisms implemented by Swiss Life to ensure good corporate governance work well in practice. Specific adjustments are examined on an ongoing basis, however, in order to adapt the management and control tools and disclosure to current circumstances and to implement further improvements.
The Ordinance against Excessive Compensation in Listed Stock Companies (Compensation Ordinance, VegüV) came into force on 1 January 2014. In order to implement these provisions, the General Meeting of Shareholders of Swiss Life Holding resolved on 23 April 2014 to amend the Articles of Association as proposed by the Board of Directors. The amendments take into account the new requirements and powers of the General Meeting of Shareholders with respect to corporate governance and compensation.
This report describes the essential features of corporate governance within the Swiss Life Group. The structure below largely follows the Directive on Information Relating to Corporate Governance issued by the SIX Swiss Exchange, which came into force on 1 October 2014. The compensation report takes into consideration the regulations on transparency stipulated in the Compensation Ordinance and FINMA circular 2010/1 on minimum standards for remuneration schemes of financial institutions.