Suva

  • Suva provides compulsory insurance cover for employees and the unemployed against accidents and occupational diseases.
  • The Suva model combines prevention, insurance and rehabilitation.
  • Suva is self-supporting; it does not receive any public funding and returns any profits to its insurees in the form of lower premiums.

More than just an insurance company

Suva, the Swiss National Accident Insurance Fund, is an important part of Switzerland’s social security system. As an independent company under public law, Suva insures people at work and at leisure.
The Suva model combines prevention, insurance and rehabilitation.
Suva does not just help people after an accident or in case of an occupational disease. Its services go beyond compulsory insurance cover after an accident.
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Prevention
Its prevention programmes in the occupational and leisure-time safety sector prevent accidents and occupational diseases. At the same time, they promote safety culture within the company, raise risk awareness and encourage personal responsibility.
Insurance
About half of Switzerland’s workforce are insured with Suva. With risk-based premiums and its sustainable investment policy, Suva supports Switzerland as a workplace. Suva is self-supporting – it does not receive any public funding. Any profits return to its insurees in the form of lower premiums.
Rehabilitation
Following an accident, Suva offers comprehensive care. Suva does not just pay for treatment costs. It accompanies and assists insurees during the rehabilitation phase. It offers ideal conditions, with its own doctors and two rehabilitation clinics in Bellikon and Sion. Furthermore, it supports accident victims during their reintegration into the workplace. Suva’s holistic claims management contributes to people having better chances of healing and returning quickly to everyday life and daily work.
This film briefly explains why Suva is more than just an insurance company.
Suva is Switzerland’s largest accident insurer. Suva employs about 4,200 staff at the head office in Lucerne, in 18 agencies throughout Switzerland and at the two rehabilitation clinics in Bellikon and Sion.
Overview of Suva’s key figures

Suva is a healthy company. Have a look at the latest figures from the Annual Report.

Suva’s Annual Report

Suva employees are fair, competent, courteous and result-oriented when serving customers.

 

High customer benefit is of central importance. Therefore, Suva pursues the following five objectives:

  • Reduce the frequency and severity of accidents and occupational diseases
  • Be a role model in terms of safety and health at work and at leisure
  • Remain the national leader in personal injury management
  • Use core competencies for building new business areas
  • Help shape healthcare and get involved in solving social issues
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Agencies and addresses
1918
Suva commences operation. Its mission includes providing compulsory accident insurance and supervising occupational safety in companies. Over time, further services are constantly developed in the prevention, insurance and rehabilitation sectors.

1974
The rehabilitation clinic in Bellikon opens, followed in 1999 by the Clinique romande de réadaption in Sion.

1984
The new Federal Accident Insurance Act (AIA) goes into effect. Accident insurance becomes compulsory for all employees. Besides Suva, now other insurance carriers are also allowed to offer compulsory accident insurance. At the same time, Suva’s Occupational Safety Department is reorganised.

2005
Since 2005, Suva has managed military insurance on behalf of the Swiss Confederation.

2015
Swiss Parliament approves the revision of the Federal Accident Insurance Act (AIA). This completes a process that had begun in 2006. The approved proposal corresponds in most points to the compromise drawn up by the social partners and insurance carriers.
Suva’s head office in Lucerne

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Suva’s history

The Board of Management

Suva’s Board of Management
Suva’s Board of Management: Ernst Mäder, Edouard Currat, Daniel Roscher and Felix Weber
The Board of Management is the highest managing and executive operational body and represents Suva externally.

The members of the Board are responsible for the management of the company and for preparing business matters and implementing decisions taken by the Suva Council, its committees and commissions.

The Chairman of the Board of Management supervises the departments and bears the overall responsibility towards the Suva Council for the operational management of the company.
Felix Weber
Curriculum vitae

Felix Weber has been the Chairman of the Board of Management since January 2016. He is in charge of the Management and Support Department. He is also President of the Board of Trustees of the bfu (Swiss Council for Accident Prevention) and of the FCOS (Federal Coordination Commission for Occupational Safety). Weber has been a member of the Board of Management since 2009. During this time he was in charge of the Insurance Benefits and Rehabilitation Department. He was responsible for claims management at Suva, the two rehabilitation clinics in Bellikon (Canton Aargau) and Sion (Canton Valais), military insurance and part of the agency network.

Before joining Suva, Weber worked at Concordia, a health and accident insurance company in Lucerne. There, he was responsible for the Market business unit as a member of the Executive Board and for sales of the Private and corporate clients business and for marketing. Felix Weber joined Concordia after working in various management-level positions for Zurich Insurance for ten years. Felix Weber was born in 1965. He studied at the University of St. Gallen with a focus on risk management and insurance. In addition, he completed the Senior Executive Programme at the London Business School in 2014.

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Daniel Roscher
Curriculum vitae

Daniel Roscher has been a member of the Board of Management since 1 January 2016. He is in charge of the Insurance Benefits and Rehabilitation Department. In this capacity he is also responsible for military insurance, the two rehabilitation clinics in Bellikon (Canton Aargau) and Sion (Canton Valais) and part of the agency network. In addition, he is chair of the Medical Tariff Commission UVG (AIA) and a member of the SwissDRG AG Board of Directors. Daniel Roscher has worked for Suva since 1997 and was Director of the Zurich agency. Since 2011 he has also been Process Controller for claims management for the entire Suva company.

Daniel Roscher began his professional career in 1983 as a claims handler at Zurich Insurance. He acquired management experience in various management roles at Zurich Insurance and expanded his specialist knowledge. In 1993 he moved to Limmat Insurance Company and Swiss Mobiliar as Head of Claims. In 1995 he returned to Zurich Insurance and worked for two years in the Zurich City business unit as Head of Personal Insurance, Corporate Clients (claims and underwriting).

Daniel Roscher was born in 1962. He grew up in Opfikon in Canton Zurich. He completed a commercial apprenticeship at Zurich Insurance. He qualified as a business administrator at the AKAD University of Applied Sciences in Zurich and earned an Executive MBA from the University of Zurich. He has been a member of the Arbitration Court for Social Insurance of Canton Zurich since 2007 and since 2011 has been a lecturer in claims management at the HFV (College for Insurance). In addition he acts as Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the WFJB (Foundation for Living Space for Young People with Disabilities).

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Edouard Currat
Curriculum vitae

Edouard Currat was born in 1960 in Canton Vaud, where he also grew up. Today he lives in Lucerne. As Head of the Health Protection Department, he has been responsible for the following departments since 2003: Occupational Safety, Workplace Health Protection, Occupational Medicine and Prevention Services as well as Suva’s seven agencies in Western Switzerland and in Ticino. Prior to joining Suva’s Board of Management, he was in charge of Suva’s agency in Lausanne. Before coming to Suva, Edouard Currat was Director of Spitex in Canton Geneva (FSASD) and, before that, Deputy-Director of the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research (ISREC) in Epalinges (Canton Vaud).

 

He was also in charge of the Marketing Products Department for CAP Legal Protection Insurance and before that, he worked as a risk manager at ELVIA Insurance and was later Head of the Controlling and Sales Administration Department. After graduating with a chemical engineering degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL), Edouard Currat worked for Ciba-Geigy in Monthey (in the canton of Valais) as Head of Technical Development and then as Head of Production in the High-Grade Pigment Department. He also earned an MBA in business administration at the University of Lausanne.

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Ernst Mäder
Curriculum vitae

Born in 1954, Dr. Ernst Mäder grew up in Eastern Switzerland. As Head of Finance, he is responsible for the Financial Department as well as the Actuarial Practice Department with its actuarial theory, premium services, rating and statistics sectors as well as part of Suva’s agency network. Before his promotion to the Board of Management, Ernst Mäder was Head of Suva’s Financial Department.

Prior to joining Suva, he was in charge of the Investment Research Department of Credit Suisse Private Banking and Head of Fixed Income Research Switzerland/Europe at Credit Suisse First Boston. Ernst Mäder studied economics at the University of Zurich, where he also received his doctorate.

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Organisation chart

Suva’s organisation chart is subdivided into four departments.

Suva’s organisation chart   

Composition of the Board of Directors..

Employees’ and employers’ representatives as well as Federal representatives are members of the Suva Council.

Suva is a company under public law. It is responsible for its own administration.


The Suva Council is comprised of 16 employees’ representatives, 16 employers’ representatives and 8 people representing the Swiss Confederation. Since the revised AIA entered into force, the ordinary term of office for the Suva Council is four years, with the current term ending on 31 December 2019.


The social partner composition of the Suva Council   enables broad-based, sustainable solutions.

Portrait of Chairman of the Board of Directors, Markus Dürr
Markus Dürr has been the President of the Suva Council since 2014.
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