Sustainable Investments

2017: A milestone year

2017 marked the 20-year anniversary of the founding of DWS’s Sustainable Investments group, which moved to DWS's Alternatives platform in 2016. Beginning in 1997, the Bank recognized the transformative power of microfinance, a poverty alleviation tool developed to provide poor segments of society with affordable access to financial services. Through that launch of the DB Microcredit Development Fund (DB MDF), DWS was the first company globally to develop an impact investment fund to solve a societal challenge.

Over the past 20 years Deutsche Bank has lent ~USD400 million to 150+ microfinance institutions and alternative financial services companies, helping millions of entrepreneurs in 50+ developing countries.

We have also been an industry leader for knowledge building, convening key industry initiatives and promoting responsible investing accords and social performance measurement.

Those original investments led to a lasting commitment by DWS to use sustainable investments to improve low income communities globally across several sectors. Today, our funds are managed by DWS’s Sustainable Investments team, with global investments ranging from financial inclusion /microfinance to sustainable agriculture, renewable energy and clean urban transportation. Our mission remains steadfast to promote investing for a "triple-bottom line": people, planet and profits.

DWS's Sustainable Investments team creates solutions for institutional, private investors, development banks, and governments, who share common social and environmental investment objectives and seek attractive financial returns.

The business is organized around three components:

  • Financial Inclusion/Microfinance;
  • Social Enterprise Financing (agriculture, health, and energy); and
  • Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy.

The Sustainable Investments team represents experienced global investing capabilities that include several regionally-focused strategies in Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Alternatives

Hedge Funds

Our Hedge Funds team is responsible for advising and managing multi-manager and secondary hedge fund portfolios for both institutional and individual investors around the world, providing liquid and illiquid alternative products and solutions.

Alternatives

Liquid Real Assets

For investors interested in accessing alternatives through liquid strategies, we offer products that invest in publicly-traded real estate and infrastructure securities, and commodity investment strategies including commodities equities and direct commodities (futures).

Alternatives

Infrastructure

As one of the largest global infrastructure investment managers, DWS's infrastructure investment business has one of the longest track-records in the industry.

Alternatives

Real Estate

Real estate investing presents tremendous opportunity to diversify returns and cash flow generation with relatively low correlation to traditional investments. We give investors access to the entire equity spectrum including core, value-added and opportunistic real estate and real estate debt.

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