Zurich Insurance Group Helps Suppliers Transition to Net Zero

Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) is providing tools and resources to help its suppliers decarbonise their operations.

This engagement, the firm said, reflects Zurich’s overarching ambition to become a net zero emissions business and to integrate climate action across the supply chain.

The Group is providing climate training materials and teaming up with carbon accounting firm Normative to offer free access to the Business Carbon Calculator.

Together, these will help suppliers understand Zurich’s goals, calculate their carbon footprint, and obtain a blueprint of practical steps they can take on their own journeys to net zero operations.

“This initiative demonstrates Zurich’s commitment to emissions reduction throughout the value chain and illustrates how we use our expertise and resources to support others to transition to the net-zero economy,” said Linda Freiner, Group Head of Sustainability.

Zurich is one of only five insurance companies to be recognized with Supply Chain Engagement Leader status by CDP, the not-for-profit charity that runs the global disclosure system for individuals and organizations to manage their environmental impacts. CDP recognizes Zurich among the top 8 percent of companies for supplier engagement on climate change.

Zurich aims for 75% of its managed procurement spend to be with suppliers that have science-based emission reduction targets by 2025 and net zero targets by 2030.

“The first step to reducing emissions is calculating them. By providing access to the Business Carbon Calculator, Zurich is empowering its suppliers –especially SMEs – to accelerate the transition to more sustainable business practices,” said Normative CEO Kristian Rönn.

Zurich aims to become a net zero emissions business in line with the Paris Agreement’s goal to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. In March 2022, the Group brought forward the target date for achieving net zero emissions in its own operations by 20 years to 2030 and set additional goals for its climate engagement with suppliers.

Supply chain emissions are on average 11.4 times greater than a company’s own operational emissions. (CDP)

The Normative Business Carbon Calculator works best for small and medium-sized businesses operating in a single country. Larger companies can work with Normative paid carbon accounting and climate strategy services. Zurich has negotiated discounted fees for any of its suppliers who choose to work with Normative.

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