Swiss Re in short

We're one of the world's leading providers of reinsurance, insurance and other forms of insurance-based risk transfer. We anticipate and manage risk – from natural catastrophes to climate change, from ageing populations to cybercrime. Together with our clients we develop smarter solutions and help the world to rebuild, renew and move forward. This is how we live our vision of making the world more resilient. 

The Swiss Re Group is organised into three Business Units, each with a distinct strategy and set of objectives contributing to the Group's overall mission:

  • Reinsurance provides clients and brokers with reinsurance products, insurance-based capital market instruments and risk management services. Reinsurance operates globally through two segments – Property & Casualty and Life & Health. 
  • Corporate Solutions provides risk transfer solutions to large and mid-sized corporations around the world. Its innovative, highly-customised products and standard insurance covers help make businesses more resilient, while its industry-leading claims service provides additional peace of mind.
  • Life Capital manages closed and open life insurance books. It provides alternative access to the life and health risk pool, helping to generate stable returns and seize attractive new opportunities. For our clients and partners, it provides a primary insurance balance sheet, efficient policy administration services, and life and health expertise – along with knowledge for reaching more markets and offering new products.

How does reinsurance work?

How does reinsurance work? In essence, reinsurance is coverage for insurance companies. Only by sharing some of their risk with reinsurers is it possible for primary insurers to offer cover against the key risks we face today and to keep premiums at affordable levels. Reinsurers provide coverage against all kinds of risks, all over the world – from earthquake risks in Chile to hurricane risks in the Gulf of Mexico, from the effects of drought on Brazilian farmers to mortality risks for a European life insurer, and from a car insurance portfolio in the US to aviation liabilities in Asia. Risks are transferred from individuals and companies to primary insurers and from there to the reinsurer. Reinsurance allows insurers to reduce their risk exposure and own capital requirements. And freeing up capital allows them to write more business, thus enabling economic growth and helping create stability.