Deutsche Bank

Corporate Responsibility
Report 2015

ESG products

  • €7.7 billion of ESG assets under management
  • Accredited implementing entity for the UN Green Climate Fund

Investors, clients and other stakeholders are requesting more transparency around corporate activities and are making decisions based on a broader variety of information. This includes identifying additional opportunities and risks from corporate behaviors related to the environment, society and governance.

How we do it

An important part of the Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management’s (AWM) strategy is to further develop our environmental, social and governance (ESG), sustainable and impact investing businesses. We offer a range of products responding to these different styles and expectations—from managing assets that encompass active and passive ESG screening to sustainable investment funds, green real estate assets, social finance innovations, and impact investments. For our actively managed products, we apply an integration and screening strategy. This relies on a proprietary ESG rating methodology and our ESG Engine software, which helps us to rank corporations and countries on ESG issues, while our new Center for Sustainable Finance aims to position Deutsche Asset Management as a thought leader and catalyst for sustainable finance.

Our real estate investment business focuses on implementing sustainability best practices across its portfolio. This includes core, core plus and value-add real estate investments across the globe.

Our Sustainable Investments team in Asset Management’s Alternative and Real Asset Division pursues an approach which is fully aligned with the SDG agenda. Sustainable Investment vehicles achieve a “triple bottom line”—in other words, market-based financial returns together with positive environmental and social outcomes.

Beyond our core business, we invest in projects that are not currently being served by conventional capital markets in order to tackle key environmental and social concerns and address global societal challenges. For example, we focus on microfinance as well as funds for deprived urban areas and clean, low-carbon technologies.