Established in 2008, the Swiss Climate Foundation is a voluntary initiative by business for business. As a partner of the Swiss Climate Foundation, Baloise joins more than 20 corporate partners in a group that promotes climate protection and supports small and medium-sized businesses in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Michael Müller, CEO of Baloise in Switzerland, explains the company’s reasons for joining: “I am delighted about this partnership, especially as it is an initiative by business for business. By pooling the resources of its corporate partners, the Swiss Climate Foundation is able to promote specific climate protection measures in a way that is efficient, focused and forward-looking. This approach is perfectly suited to our own sustainability strategy, and above all to our commitment to combating climate change.”
31 million francs of funding provided in twelve years
Since it was established, the foundation has awarded a total of 31 million francs to climate protection projects by more than 2,100 Swiss and Liechtenstein SMEs. A large part of the funding flows into the development of innovative technologies, in areas such as buildings, agriculture and the circular economy. Further, by supporting energy-saving measures, 550,000 tons of CO2 have been saved directly.
“In Baloise, we have gained a strong new partner to help us further boost our efforts over the coming years,” says Thomas Hügli, the Swiss Climate Foundation’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “The referendum on the revised CO2 law showed that a majority of the population would like to see voluntary efforts by business and more research included as part of the fight to mitigate climate change. This is where Baloise is setting an important signal through its partnership with the Swiss Climate Foundation. Baloise is not only contributing to achieving the national climate goals, it is also strengthening the competitiveness of our SMEs at international level,” Thomas Hügli explains.
The Baloise Group is more than just a traditional insurance company. The changing security, safety and service needs of society in the digital age lie at the heart of its business activities. The 7,700 or so employees of Baloise therefore focus on the wishes of their customers. The best possible customer service, combined with innovative products and services, makes Baloise the first choice for people who want to feel ‘simply safe’. Located at the heart of Europe, with its head office in Basel, the Baloise Group is a provider of prevention, pension, assistance and insurance solutions. Its core markets are Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg. In Switzerland, with Baloise Bank SoBa, the Group also operates as a specialised financial services provider, offering a combination of insurance and banking services. The Group offers innovative pension products to retail customers throughout Europe from its competence centre in Luxembourg. Bâloise Holding Ltd shares are listed in the main segment of the SIX Swiss Exchange.