We are aware of our responsibility to society. For us, this means not only sharing knowledge with various research institutes and universities but also showing cultural, environmental and social engagement and supporting relevant institutions and projects. In so doing, we generate positive effects for society that go beyond our own business operations.
Our activities encompass not only the Hannover location but also our subsidiaries and branches, which engage in their own individual projects in response to social and environmental issues in the various countries. Through regular donations and by enabling corporate volunteering, i.e. releasing employees for charitable activities during working hours, we support social projects all around the world. In so doing, we contribute our expertise in the area of reinsurance, whenever possible.
Donations to political parties and churches or other political and religious organisations are expressly prohibited.
Our commitment to the fight against Covid-19
The 2020 reporting year was dominated by the Covid-19 pandemic, which influenced every aspect of life in society and the global economy. With this in mind, we wanted to make our contribution – above and beyond reinsurance – in support of measures to stop the spread of Covid-19.
Against this backdrop, donations relating to the Covid-19 pandemic were made at various locations around the world in the year under review. In India, for example, we lent our support to the Covid-19 relief fund launched by the Concern India Foundation. Concern India is a registered non-profit, public charitable trust that extends financial and non-financial support to grassroots NGOs working in the areas of education, health and community development. Through the Covid-19 relief fund, the Foundation sponsors state and private hospitals with medical equipment for treating underprivileged Covid-19 patients.
Our Canadian branch supported the CanadaHelps COVID-19 Healthcare & Hospital Fund and the Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation (UHN), which assist Canadian hospitals and healthcare providers on the pandemic frontline. We also provide support to the Canadian Women's Foundation in order to help at-risk women and girls who are facing increased domestic violence and economic difficulties as a consequence of the pandemic.
As a member of the General Insurance Association of Malaysia, Persatuan Insurans Am Malaysia (PIAM), we donated to a Covid-19 relief fund and a Covid-19 testing fund in order to support the Ministry of Health's efforts to arrange Covid-19 tests for Malaysians.
In addition, at our Hannover location we are supporting a working group of Hannover Medical School (MHH) that is conducting a study of the long-term damaging effects experienced by Covid-19 patients.
For further information we would refer to the section „social commitment“ in our Sustainability Report 2020.