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Swiss Re Becomes Fourth Insurer to Leave Net Zero Group

(Bloomberg) -- Swiss Re is quitting the world’s main climate alliance for insurers, joining a growing exodus from the coalition of some of the industry’s biggest companies.

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The world’s second-largest reinsurer is now the fourth major company to walk away from the Net Zero Insurance Alliance, a sub-unit of the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero that was formed in 2021.

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Swiss Re said its withdrawal doesn’t reflect a lesser commitment to climate policies, and said its sustainability strategy “remains unchanged,” according to an emailed statement sent Monday.

The departure follows that of fellow Swiss firm Zurich Insurance Group AG, as well as Germany’s Munich Re and Hannover Re.

NZIA has no US members, and with the departure of Swiss Re, it has roughly 27 left, including Allianz SE, Aviva Plc and Axa SA, according to the group’s website. The climate alliance said in a statement released last month that it’s taken steps to “advance the net zero insurance agenda globally and to provide its members with a framework they can use to make independent decisions to establish their own individual net zero pathways.”

Officials from NZIA declined to comment Monday after Swiss Re announced its decision.

Swiss Re remains part of the Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance, which is another sub-unit of GFANZ.

(Adds that NZIA declined to comment in fifth paragraph.)

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