Deutsche Bank

Non-Financial Report 2017

Topics Covered in this Report

To inform our approach to sustainability and our non-financial reporting, we identify topics deemed material by our internal and external stakeholders. In doing so, we are guided by the international sustainability standard of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). We consider the opinions of our stakeholders, and we analyze relevant sources—for example, topics discussed at our Annual General Meeting (AGM), the thematic components in sustainability ratings, internal and external media reports, and insight from competitor analyses. The topics in this Non-Financial Report reflect the results of the GRI materiality analysis, which has already been carried out in recent years. In 2017, we reviewed the list of material topics and re-categorized certain topics to make them more visible and understandable, and to give due consideration to what is required by the new requirements of the German Commercial Code (Handelsgesetzbuch, HGB) on the disclosure of non-financial information. In addition, we bundled ESG-related products, namely "social investments" and "impact investments", under "products and services" and we also clarified titles.

All topics that are relevant to understand the impacts of Deutsche Bank’s activities on the non-financial aspects are covered in this Non-Financial Report and are managed accordingly.

In accordance with § 315b (3) sentence 1 HGB, the Non-Financial Statement (which legally is referred to as separate Non-Financial Group Report) is part of the Non-Financial Report and is marked by a bracket in the margins throughout this Non-Financial Report. To identify the topics to be marked as part of the Non-Financial Statement, we have adapted our approach to materiality. According to §§ 315c in connection with 289c (3) HGB, for a topic to be marked as part of the Non-Financial Statement, it is additionally required that the information about the topic is necessary for understanding Deutsche Bank's situation (profit situation, net asset and funding position) and development. In order to assess this additional materiality criterion, we conducted interviews with the respective business divisions and infrastructure functions. On the basis of the assessment of non-financial risks, which includes an impact assessment on Deutsche Bank’s profit situation, net asset and funding position, an initial classification was made. This was supplemented by discussions with the internal subject matter experts for the non-financial topics who have confirmed this assessment or added new arguments to rethink the results.

As the assessment approach is not fully comparable to the one in the previous year, we are not presenting the topics in a materiality matrix this year (table below).

According to §§ 315c in connection with 289c (3) no. 3 and 4 HGB, Deutsche Bank is required to report on all known significant risks in connection with its own business activities and business relations, as well as its products and services that are very likely and have or will have a severely negative impact on material non-financial topics. No such risks were identified.

A description of the business model of Deutsche Bank Group according to §§ 315 (1) in connection with 289c (1) HGB can be found in the Group Management Report. The description of the business model is part of Deutsche Bank’s separate Non-Financial Statement.

As matters related to the environment and human rights at Deutsche Bank do not fulfil the materiality criteria of §§ 315c in connection with 289c HGB, we disclose relevant information such as our management approach, as well as results on matters related to environment and human rights, in our Non-Financial Report outside of the Non-Financial Statement.

We monitor all non-financial topics and their impacts on Deutsche Bank’s situation and development closely in order to be able to identify changes of materiality and disclose them accordingly in future reports.

Environmental matters

Social matters

Human-rights-related matters

Employee-related matters

Anti-corruption and bribery issues

Board diversity

Further Deutsche Bank-related material topics

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*See Corporate Governance Report.

Materiality assessment for 2017

 

 

 

 

Matters according to the EU CSR Directive

 

Relevant areas of activity

Non-Financial Statement

Environmental matters

In-house ecology

 

Boundary: internal and external
(clients, shareholders, society)

Environmental and social matters

Climate risks

 

Boundary: internal and external
(clients, shareholders, society)

 

Environmental and social issues

 

 

Sustainable products and services

 

Social matters

Client satisfaction

Client satisfaction

Boundary: internal and external
(clients, society)

 

Product suitability and appropriateness

Product suitability and appropriateness

 

Complaint management

 

 

Data protection and data privacy

Data protection

 

Corporate citizenship

 

Human-rights-related matters

Human rights

 

Boundary: external
(clients and society)

Employee-related matters

Talent management

Talent acquisition and development

Boundary: internal

 

Employee commitment

 

 

Compensation and benefits

 

Board diversity* and employee-related matters

Diversity

Gender diversity

Boundary: internal

Anti-corruption and bribery issues

Anti-financial crime


Bribery and corruption

sanctions and embargoes

Anti-money laundering / Know your customer (KYC)
 

Boundary: internal and external
(clients, shareholders, society)

Further DB related material topics

Digitalization and innovation

Digitization and innovation

Boundary: internal and external
(clients, shareholders, society)

 

Culture and conduct

Culture and Conduct

 

Information security

Information security

 

Public policy and regulation

Regulatory change