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Zurich Insurance celebrates significant reduction in carbon footprint at 1-year anniversary of North American Headquarters

Schaumburg, IL, October 2, 2017

Reduces water and electricity consumption by more than 30 percent

On the one-year anniversary of its LEED Platinum® certified North America headquarters, Zurich Insurance reports a more than 30 percent decrease in energy and water consumption compared to its previous location. These reductions are mainly attributed to the use of higher efficiency systems, contributing to operational costs savings of more than ,000 in the first year. Zurich also continues to source 100 percent renewable electricity for the HQ.

“Celebrating our first anniversary in our North American headquarters is extra special because we know we are making a difference by reducing our carbon footprint,” said Mike Foley, CEO, Zurich North America. “I'm proud our initial focus on sustainability has made a measurable impact in our first year.”

The sustainability of Zurich’s North American headquarters was an important factor in the building being recognized by several organizations. The building’s design and positive impact on the community also contributed to Zurich’s North American headquarters winning twelve awards:

  • 2017 International Architecture Award – The Chicago Athenaeum
  • 2017 Best Green Project – Engineering News Record Midwest
  • 2017 Build to Suit Project of the Year – Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards
  • 2017 National Award of Merit, Office Buildings – Design-Build Institute of America
  • 2017 Building Team Silver Award – Building Design & Construction Magazine
  • 2017 Finalist, Excellence in Design (Architecture) – Design-Build Institute of America
  • 2017 Outstanding Economic Development Project – Illinois Chamber of Commerce
  • 2017 Finalist, Merit Award for New Construction Suburbs – Chicago Building Congress
  • 2017 Merit Award for Interior Build-Out – Chicago Building Congress
  • 2016 Intelligent Buildings Conference, 2016 Digie Award – Corporate HQ or Campus
  • 2016 Award of Merit – Structural Engineers Association of Illinois
  • 2014 Office Development of the Year – NAIOP Chicago Chapter

Zurich officially opened the doors to its 783,800-square-foot North American headquarters in Schaumburg, Ill., on Oct. 3, 2016.

In addition to being environmentally friendly – both inside and out – the facility was designed to enhance employee collaboration and productivity for years to come. For more information about Zurich’s North American headquarters, go to

Zurich Insurance Group recently announced it has reached a great milestone in its ambition to limit its global operational environmental footprint. To learn more about its environmental targets, go to


About Zurich

Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) is a leading multi-line insurer that serves its customers in global and local markets. With about 54,000 employees, it provides a wide range of property and casualty, and life insurance products and services in more than 210 countries and territories. Zurich’s customers include individuals, small businesses, and mid-sized and large companies, as well as multinational corporations. The Group is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, where it was founded in 1872. The holding company, Zurich Insurance Group Ltd (ZURN), is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and has a level I American Depositary Receipt (ZURVY) program, which is traded over-the-counter on OTCQX. Further information about Zurich is available at

In North America, Zurich is a leading commercial property-casualty insurance provider serving the global corporate, large corporate, middle market, specialties and programs sectors through the individual member companies of Zurich in North America, including Zurich American Insurance Company. Life insurance and disability coverage issued in the United States in all states except New York is issued by Zurich American Life Insurance Company, an Illinois domestic life insurance company. In New York, life insurance and disability coverage is issued by Zurich American Life Insurance Company of New York, a New York domestic life insurance company. For more information about the products and services it offers and people Zurich employs around the world go to 2012 marked Zurich's 100 year anniversary of insuring America and the success of its customers, shareholders and employees.