Inter­national stan­dards and Initia­tives

Our approach to corporate governance conforms to general legal regulations as well stock exchange law. Its essential foundations are:

  • The German Stock Corporation Act [Aktiengesetz]
  • The German Corporate Governance Code
  • The U.S. capital market laws
  • The rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the New York Stock Exchange

Voluntary undertakings

The Deutsche Bank Code of Business Conduct and Ethics as well as our policies and guidelines support our commitment to a wide range of external standards, principles and initiatives, including:

UN Declaration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is generally agreed to be the foundation of international human rights law. Adopted in 1948, the UDHR has inspired a rich body of legally binding international human rights treaties.

UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights outline how states and enterprises can implement the UN "Protect, Respect and Remedy" Framework. Professor Ruggie worked to develop this framework since 2005. It defines a state’s duties and corporate responsibility for respecting human rights in the course of doing business.

UN Principles for Responsible Investment

The United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Initiative is an international network of investors working together to put the six Principles for Responsible Investment into practice. Its goal is to understand the implications of sustainability for investors and support signatories to incorporate these issues into their investment decision making and ownership practices. In implementing the Principles, signatories contribute to the development of a more sustainable global financial system.

UNEP-FI Declaration of Sustainable Developement

UNEP FI is a global partnership between UNEP (The United Nations Environmental Program) and the financial sector. Over 200 institutions, including banks, insurers and fund managers, work with UNEP to understand the impacts of environmental and social considerations on financial performance.

Principles of the UN Global Compact

The United Nations Global Compact, also known as the Compact or UNGC, is a United Nations initiative to encourage businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies, and to report on their implementation. The Global Compact is a principle-based framework for businesses, stating ten principles in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption. Under the Compact, companies are brought together with UN agencies, labor groups and civil society.

World Bank standards

World Bank standards on various environmental, social and governance topics are continuously developed and shape international activities.

IFC Performance Standards

The International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) Performance Standards are directed towards clients, providing guidance on how to identify risks and impacts, and are designed to help avoid, mitigate, and manage risks and impacts as a way of doing business in a sustainable way, including stakeholder engagement and disclosure obligations of the client in relation to project-level activities.

The Sustainability Code (Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitskodex)

In a database the German Sustainability Code visualizes the efforts of companies to achieve sustainability. It thus creates a greater commitment to do so in a transparent and comparable manner. The German Council for Sustainable Development broadens the basis for a green economy and raises relevance of sustainability issues. The aim is to re-orientate capital allocation in sustainably oriented business models. The Sustainability Code is suitable for companies of every size and legal form.

Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering

The Financial Action Task Force (on Money Laundering) (FATF) develops policies to combat money laundering and terrorism financing. The FATF Secretariat is housed at the headquarters of the OECD in Paris.

OFAC Standards

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is an agency of the United States Department of the Treasury under the auspices of the Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. OFAC administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions based on U.S. foreign policy and national security goals against targeted foreign states, organizations, and individuals.

OECD guidelines for multinational companies

OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises are annex to the OECD Declaration on International Investment and Multinational Enterprises. They are recommendations providing principles and standards for responsible business conduct for multinational corporations operating in or from countries adhered to the Declaration. The Guidelines are legally non-binding.

Oslo Convetion on Cluster Munition

The Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) is an international treaty that addresses the humanitarian consequences and unacceptable harm to civilians caused by cluster munitions, through a categorical prohibition and a framework for action. The Convention prohibits all use, production, transfer and stockpiling of cluster munitions.

ILO (International Labour Organization) Standards

The International Labour Organization has long maintained and developed a system of international labour standards aimed at promoting opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work, in conditions of freedom, equity, security and dignity.

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil criteria

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was established in 2004 with the objective of promoting the growth and use of sustainable palm oil products through credible global standards and engagement of stakeholders.

Wolfsberg Principles

Die Wolfsberg Gruppe ist ein Zusammenschluss von elf global tätigen Banken, die Finanzdienstleistungsstandards im Hinblick auf bestimmte Produkte, Know-Your-Customer-Prozesse, Anti-Geldwäsche und Terrorismusfinanzierung entwickelt.

Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index

Since the turn of the new millennium, Transparency International has published the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) annually ranking 180 countries by their perceived levels of corruption by officials and politicians, as determined by expert assessments and opinion surveys.

ISO 14001

ISO 14001 is a family of standards related to environmental management that exists to help organizations (a) minimize how their operations (processes etc.) negatively affect the environment (i.e. cause adverse changes to air, water, or land); (b) comply with applicable laws, regulations, and other environmentally oriented requirements, and (c) continually improve in the above.
This website uses cookies in order to improve user experience. If you close this box or continue browsing, we will assume you agree with this. For more information about the cookies we use or to find out how you can disable cookies, click here.