Zurich Insurance Celebrates 100 Years of Insuring America


Schaumburg, IL (WorkersCompensation.com) - When Zurich Insurance was first licensed in the United States on Dec. 17, 1912, becoming one of the first continental European casualty insurers in the United States, the company had a simple goal, to help a growing country, grow more. Over the last 100 years in the U.S., Zurich has kept that promise by supporting America in some of its largest endeavors, from insuring the construction of Chicago's Soldier Field in 1924, the first section of the Chicago subway in 1930 and Chicago's 1933 World's Fair to providing the largest portion of insurance for the construction of the Hoover Dam from 1931 to 1936.

In celebrating its rich history of giving back, this year Zurich challenged its employees across the nation to complete more than 100 community service projects during the company's centennial year as part of its 100 Ways program, which aims to make a sustainable difference in the communities Zurich serves.

Today, as Zurich celebrates 100 years of insuring America, the company is pleased to announce that its employees have not only met the goals outlined in the 100 Ways program but have far exceeded expectations. Working alongside organizations like the American Red Cross, HandsOn Network, Habitat for Humanity and the United Way, Zurich North America employees volunteered 30,000 hours to complete 531 projects and aid 259 charities, donating goods valued at more than $600,000.

“For 100 years in the U.S., Zurich has encouraged our people to give of their time and talent to benefit the communities in which we live and work. Our anniversary has given us the opportunity to celebrate these values, and further contribute through the 100 Ways program,” said Mike Foley, CEO North America Commercial division of Zurich Insurance Group and Regional Chairman of North America. “I'm very proud of what we've achieved this year and over the past 100 years.”

To view an interactive map with detailed information about the 100 Ways projects completed in Zurich's U.S. Centennial year, go to Zurich's 100 Ways Interactive Map at www.zurichna100.com/community/community-service-interactive-map.aspx

About Zurich
Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) is a leading multi-line insurance provider with a global network of subsidiaries and offices in Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East as well as other markets. It offers a wide range of general insurance and life insurance products and services for individuals, small businesses, mid-sized and large companies as well as multinational corporations. Zurich employs about 60,000 people serving customers in more than 170 countries. The Group, formerly known as Zurich Financial Services 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 program which is traded over-the-counter on OTCQX. Further information about Zurich is available at www.zurich.com.

In North America, Zurich is a leading commercial property-casualty insurance provider serving the global corporate, large corporate, middle market, specialties and programs sectors. Life insurance offered in the United States is issued by Zurich American Life Insurance Company, an Illinois domestic life insurance company. For more information about the products and services it offers and people Zurich employs around the world, go to http://www.zurichna.com/zna/aboutzurich/zna-home.htm. 2012 marks Zurich's 100 year anniversary of insuring America and the success of its customers, shareholders and employees. Further information about Zurich's 100 year anniversary of insuring America is available at http://www.zurichna.com/100.

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