SDGs at DWS

Learn more about how DWS includes the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

"It is time to really push responsible investing forward. No global asset manager can afford to neglect this trend.

Petra Pflaum
EMEA Co-Head of Equities & CIO for Responsible Investments

Responsible Investing

Do we let our values guide our investment decisions? Responsible Investing reflects the desire of an ever-growing number of investors to actively decide how the money they are investing is put to use.

ESG Engine

Those who invest according to ESG criteria have to take several factors into account when choosing suitable investments. The ESG Engine can provide a solution.

Relevance of Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance in numbers

Investors with EUR 21 tr in assets issued a global call for action on climate change[1]

ESG AuM grew 72% from 2012-16, representing 26% of global AuM[2]

Worldwide new investments into clean energy have grown by 278 % between 2005 and 2017[3]

2,000 Signatories of the UN-backed PRI represent over EUR 70 tr of assets[4]

End 2016 almost 26 % of ESG assets come from retail investors (up from 13% in 2014)[2]

European green funds’ assets grew by 49% from 2016 to 2017[5]

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Our major commitments to responsible investing

As a fiduciary partner, we are fully committed to providing state-of-the-art ESG solutions and expertise to enable our clients to invest responsibly. Our goal is to allow them to invest in a way that contributes to a sustainable future.

DWS has long recognized the importance of ESG factors for investors and was among the early signatories of the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in 2008. We believe that our expertise and lengthy experience in sustainable investing provide us with valuable insights that assist us to further protect and grow our clients’ assets over the long term

The Principles in detail:

  1. We will incorporate ESG issues into investment analysis and decision making process.
  2. We will be active owners and incorporate ESG issues into our ownership policies and practices.
  3. We will seek appropriate disclosure on ESG issues by the entities in which we invest.
  4. We will promote acceptance and implementation of the Principles within the investment industry (Our memberships and affiliations).
  5. We will work together to enhance our effectiveness in implementing the Principles.
  6. We will each report on our activities and progress towards implementing the Principles (DWS Assessment Report 2018)[6] .
 

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Corporate Governance & Voting Policy

Proxy Voting and Governance Engagement Report

How we live ESG

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Policy on Controversial Conventional Weapons

Non-Group Policy DWS Group

25. Jan 2018

Corporate Governance & Proxy Voting Policy

We at DWS take our fiduciary duty to our client investors very seriously and act in the sole interest of our clients.

31. Jul 2018 DWS

Responsible Investment Statement

This document frames DWS's approach to Responsible Investing. It introduces our philosophy and principles that guide our investments in this area.

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Deutsche Bank Non-Financial Report 2017

You can find further information in the Deutsche Bank Non-Financial Report 2017

17. Jul 2018

Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

This Statement is made by Deutsche Bank AG and its relevant subsidiary undertakings pursuant to Section 54 of the United Kingdom's Modern Slavery Act 2015 (The "Act").

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Latest ESG Publications

28. Nov 2018 ESG

Green bonds explained

Green bonds are an important part of a portfolio that is aligned with the low-carbon transition.

23. Nov 2018 ESG

Experts on climate change

Everything you need to know about climate change from a scientific, legal, actuarial, accounting, investment consultant, and portfolio management perspective.

07. Nov 2018 ESG

Greening the financial system and the role of central banks

Central banks are increasing their efforts to promote the transition to a more sustainable financial system

05. Okt 2018 ESG

The quant road to ESG integration

Applying a quantitative approach to ESG integration offers big benefits to clients.

27. Sep 2018 DWS

ESG and Corporate Financial Performance - Study 2018

Digging deeper into the ESG-Corporate Financial Performance Relationship

05. Sep 2018 ESG

Brace for impact

Sustainable and impact investing is the best way to generate returns while addressing the world's most critical problems.

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Sustainable Finance Report #2

Sustainable Finance Report #2

The gathering forces of ESG investing explored

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ESG Capabilities

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ESG Capabilities

Responsible Investing - Our contribution to a sustainable future

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ESG Engine

The heart of the ESG investment process

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Corporate Governance

Expressing our view

Investing ESG

Actively managed ESG mutual funds

 

Thanks to the flexibility of the ESG Engine, we have been able to formulate common “minimum ESG” rules for all of our ESG retail funds in Active: for corporates, for sovereigns, and M for green bonds. We use these standards to ensure that funds are ESG-compliant and as a basis for our conversations with institutional clients seeking advice on customised ESG solutions.



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Passively indexed ESG funds

 

we are able to use a unique implementation in determining an ESG-oriented investment universe. We can rely on existing or customised ESG indices, closely cooperating with index providers, or we can use our proprietary ESG Engine to filter a standard market index  Passively indexed ESG funds.



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ESG in alternatives investments

 

ESG is central to our Alternatives division’s investment process. It helps us to identify and mitigate potential key risks and to harness opportunities across our real assets business, which includes real estate and infrastructure and listed securities in these asset classes.



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1. IIGCC

2. GSIA 2017

3. Bloomberg New Energy Finance, 2Q 2018 Trends Report

4. PRI, June 2018 (PRI = principles of responsible investing)

5. UNCTAD World Investment Report 2014

6. The report features DWS as its pre-decessor brand Deutsche Asset Management since report has been made for 2017

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