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Bridging a critical gap in how mental well-being of youth is addressed

As part of our partnership with UNICEF, we are launching the Global Coalition for Youth Mental Well-being to get the world moving on youth mental well-being with a call for a massive scale-up in investment and action in mental health promotion and prevention. 

As part of the first action of this global platform, we are inviting individuals and like-minded organizations to join us to ensure that we can adequately respond to the mental well-being needs of millions of refugees in Europe. 

We are matching donations (up to CHF 1 million) made to UNICEF’s appeal to support the mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of young refugees who have fled the crisis in Ukraine.

Go to UNICEF's appeal page


The activist in all of us

As you read this, there’s a rice farmer in the lowlands of the western Terai in Nepal who knows that this much rain in this many hours can only mean one thing. In Galway, Ireland, a rising rugby star is gathering the courage to say out loud that the pressures of life are getting too much. And in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, there’s a First Nations 16-year-old looking right into camera, ready to tell her story for the very first time.

At the Z Zurich Foundation, we’re learning that what these three people have in common is a need for connection – because the challenges they’re facing are not isolated. And if we recognize these individuals as an essential part of our community, we can start talking about shared responsibility.

We are more than a select group in a room deciding what’s best for the world. We’re thinking outside the ticked box by equipping Zurich employees to become activists in their communities. We unite NGOs and governments, businesses and local heroes to work with those most in need. By championing the champions and together looking at the bigger picture – in all its complexity – we have a better chance of addressing our society’s most pressing issues.


Our mission

We want to create a brighter future for vulnerable people by empowering the activist in all of us.

We aspire for a more equal world where everyone has independence, choice and power over their own futures.

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Our focus areas

The Z Zurich Foundation’s pillars of adapting to climate change, improving mental wellbeing and enabling social equity aren’t causes we picked at random. We believe the key to creating a better future is connection – fostering relationships between those in the know and those most in need and together tackling society’s challenges from the ground up. 
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Our targets

By 2024, we want to create transformative change in the lives of more than 1 million vulnerable people, and positively impact the lives of 10 million others.

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In 2020, we increased our investments, enabling us to positively impact the lives of 3,200,000 people worldwide. This brings us on track to meet our 2024 aspiration of making a difference to 11 million people.

Gregory Renand, Head of the Z Zurich Foundation

Access our full report here

 

Z Zurich Foundation’s coronavirus (COVID-19) response

In 2020, to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we provided immediate assistance to hundreds of charitable organizations and funded local initiatives proposed by Zurich's business units that focus on providing food and medical emergency relief, supporting mental well-being and adapting to the “new normal” by giving people access to technology. 

Thanks to the commitment of local charities and Zurich Insurance Group’s people, we have been able to act rapidly and help over 1 million vulnerable people worldwide.

In April 2021, we committed to support UNICEF’s efforts to deliver COVID-19 vaccine doses to the most vulnerable through the COVAX Facility. Zurich Insurance Company Ltd’s offices, employees, customers and distributors joined us in the race to end the pandemic. Our global campaign raised enough funds for UNICEF to deliver two doses of COVID-19 vaccine to more than 1.7 million people. 

Please note, because we believe focus is essential for maximizing impact, we do not accept any unsolicited requests for funding. For any questions, please contact: z.zurich.foundation@zurich.com