The Z Zurich Foundation is a Swiss-based charitable foundation established by members of the Zurich Insurance Group and the main vehicle by which Zurich Insurance Group delivers on its global community investment strategy. It invests in global, regional and local community programs around the world, working alongside Zurich Insurance Group employees and other stakeholders as well as with governments and NGOs in pursuit of a future where people can thrive in the face of increasing climate hazards, where those of us feeling the stresses of life are empowered to speak up, and where the marginalized in our society can reach their full potential.
In 2020, the Z Zurich Foundation positivey impacted the lives of 3.2m globally. By 2024, it wants to make a difference to 11 million people.
With approximately 500 Zurich vitaparcours, Zurich promotes health and enables people to enjoy nature and popular sports. Almost all running tracks are located in forests. Everybody can create a custom training program from 15 stations with 43 exercises. Zurich has been supporting the Zurich vitaparcours since 1968. In its capacity as the exclusive sponsor, Zurich now provides the VITA Parcours Foundation, which is responsible for the strategic management and further development of the Zurich vitaparcours, with the funds for its services, signs and signposts.
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Based on the latest cantonal and national hazard and information maps, the Zurich natural hazard radar creates a detailed property analysis for every real-estate location in Switzerland – free of charge! In addition, specific tips are provided on how you can efficiently and affordably protect your property against natural hazards: Every franc invested in hazard protection saves six to ten francs in consequential costs.
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Every year, more than 100,000 children in Switzerland are affected by court proceedings in connection with family law, divorce proceedings, child protection and other areas. Their voices are often not heard, or they do not get the support they are entitled to. Thus, the Z Zurich Foundation and Zurich Switzerland support the Ombuds Office Children's Rights Switzerland, helping children and youths to better understand and assert their rights in court proceedings.
Many employees want to be able to enjoy their retirement without any financial worries. Occupational retirement provisions play an important part in the second pillar that employers and employees make contributions to every month. However, part of these funds – more specifically part of the returns – are being misappropriated and redistributed. Vita and Zurich endeavor to ensure fair play in occupational retirement provisions, providing transparent information about redistribution and promoting a sustainable Swiss pension system.