Hannover Re has a long tradition of social commitment. The company has been active as a sponsor of culture and social projects since its establishment in 1966. Today, its activities for the community are concentrated on the arts and music as well as research and learning. In addition, Hannover Re supports voluntary social engagement on the part of its employees. Along with projects in Germany, these activities also extend to measures undertaken at locations abroad.

Responsibility for the company's involvement in the community is shared by the members of Hannover Re's Executive Board, who have assumed specific areas of responsibility with a regional or international focus. With its Donations Guideline, which is applicable Group-wide, the company has set itself rules for social engagement. Hannover Re attaches crucial importance to the common public interest of the social groups and projects supported by the company. Key areas of engagement are its support for science, environmental and climate protection, employee concerns such as the compatibility of family and career, the protection of young people and the advancement of humanitarian projects. Donations are not made to organisations or projects in the political domain, churches or faith-based communities or organisations / projects for the protection of historical monuments and animal welfare.