Corporate Responsibility

Deutsche Bank's units and foundations worldwide

Deutsche Bank’s corporate citizenship activities are brought to life in its regional units and endowed foundations. Their initiatives ensure that social capital is built in all regions in which the bank operates.


Deutsche Bank Foundation

Deutsche Bank Foundation focuses its support on educational, social and cultural projects. The main objective of the foundation is to encourage young people to realize and develop their full potential and to promote equality of opportunity for the disadvantaged. The foundation’s Alfred Herrhausen Fund supports initiatives aimed above all at improving the career prospects of disadvantaged young people.

Founded: 1986
Endowment funds: € 140.0 mn.
Commitments 2013: € 4.4 mn.
Over € 1 mn. were donated by Deutsche Bank Foundation, Deutsche Bank, its clients, and employees for victims of the floods in Germany


Deutsche Bank Foundation Report
PDF, 10.8 MB (in German)

Fondazione Deutsche Bank

The Fondazione Deutsche Bank mainly focuses on social and educational projects in Italy. Its main objective is to encourage young people to realize and develop their full potential and to promote equality of education for the disadvantaged. Furthermore, the foundation is committed to promote Italy’s traditions in the arts and crafts.

Founded: 2013
Commitments 2014: tba

Corporate Citizenship UK

2013 marked the launch of the bank's global youth engagement program, "Born to be", which in the UK focuses on breaking the cycle of youth unemployment through early intervention. It targets 11 to 18 year olds at risk of exclusion with education-led projects that aim to increase achievement, develop employability skills and raise aspirations. Corporate Citizenship UK exspects to reach 160,000 young people through "Born to Be" over the next four years. Volunteering and fundraising activities for charities are another focus of the commitment. 

Founded: 1989
Successor to the charity program of Morgan Grenfell, Ltd.
Commitments 2013: € 3.7 mn.
£1,8 mn. raised by employees and the bank for the "Charities of the Year 2013"


Deutsche Bank Corporate Citizenship update UK
PDF, 6.5 MB

Deutsche Bank Asia Foundation

The Deutsche Bank Asia foundation is committed to improving and sustaining the livelihoods of vulnerable communities in Asia. Working in partnership with non-government organizations and foundations, and in concert with community leaders, project facilitators, and staff volunteers, a variety of educational and innovative outreach programs have been successfully implemented across the region. 

Founded: 2003
Commitments 2013: € 2.7 mn.
"10 Years, 10,000 Hands" - more than 6,600 employees from 16 countries volunteered to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Deutsche Bank Asia Foundation.


Deutsche Bank Asia Foundation, Report 2008-2010
PDF, 5.1 MB

Deutsche Bank Middle East Foundation

Deutsche Bank’s Middle East Foundation celebrated its fifth anniversary in 2013. It focuses on funding investments in education, community development, sustainability, and volunteering in the Middle East and North Africa countries. The foundation also carries out cultural events and is a great supporter of the regional art scene.

Founded: 2008
Commitments 2013: € 0.3 mn.
4th consecutive award for Deutsche Bank as "Patron of the Arts"

Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP)

Transatlantic Outreach Program is a public private initiative of Germany’s Department of Foreign Affairs, the Goethe Institute, Deutsche Bank and other corporate partners, targeted at North American social studies educators and curriculum supervisors. TOP promotes education about Germany, encourages international dialog and offers study tours that enable participants to experience modern Germany in person.

Founded: 2001
Endowment funds: € 2,4 mn.
Förderungen 2013: € 0,15 mn.
Almost 30,000 teaching materials distributed in 2013

Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation

The Americas Foundation coordinates CR activities in the entire Americas region. Its program of loans, investments and philanthropic grants is designed to encourage sustainable community development, promote wider access to quality education, and provide steadfast support for the arts. The Foundation’s resources are complemented by the work of the Community Development Finance Group (CDFG) which makes loans and investments within low- and moderate-income communities. It is the center of competence for Deutsche Bank’s global social finance work. For over 20 years, the Federal Reserve Bank has consistently rated Deutsche Bank “outstanding” for its community reinvestment initiatives. 

Founded: 1999
Successor to the Bankers Trust Foundation
Commitments 2013: € 6.6 mn.
4,950 underprivileged students were supported by College Ready Communities since 2009.


Deutsche Bank Corporate Citizenship update Americas
PDF, 3.5 MB

Deutsche Bank South Africa Foundation

Deutsche Bank South Africa Foundation’s launch of the global youth engagement program Born to Be aims to enable young people to realize their full potential. Early education interventions, social investment projects and art and music programs deliver impact in two focus areas: Early Childhood Development (ECD)/teacher trainings and High School learner initiatives.  

Founded: 2001
Endowment funds: € 16.9 mn.
Commitments 2013: € 0.6 mn.
More than 6,800 people benefit from the education program Bulungula Incubator


Deutsche Bank South Africa Foundation, Report 2010
PDF, 4.3 MB


Historical Association of Deutsche Bank

The Historical Association of Deutsche Bank was founded as a non-profit organization dedicated to draw attention to the history of Deutsche Bank and the political, economic and cultural environment in which banks operate.Via publications, lecture series, and excursions it pinpoints the interrelation between banking and pioneering innovations that sustainably influenced economic and social changes.

Founded: 1991
Number of members (end of 2013): 2,041
100th anniversary of Deutsche Bank in Germany's Rhine-Ruhr area

Historical association_Publication_100 years of Rhine-Ruhr area

Special anniversary edition,
192 pages, more than 100 illustrations, German, € 10,
ordering per e-Mail

Deutsche Bank Donation Fund

The Deutsche Bank Donation Fund in the Donors’ Association for German Science (Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft e.V.) promotes scientific research and teaching at both the national and international level. The primary focus is on intensifying the dialog between the worlds of research and practice.

Founded: 1970
Endowment funds: € 10.6 mn.
Commitments 2013: € 4.3 mn.
€ 150 mn. invested in science and research since 1970

Alfred Herrhausen Society

The non-profit Alfred Herrhausen Society is the international forum of Deutsche Bank. In focus are new forms of governance as a response to the challenges of the 21st century. It works with international partners and future decision makers, including policy, academia and business, to organize forums for discussion worldwide that are also accessible to a wide public audience. The society is dedicated to the work of Alfred Herrhausen, former spokesman of the Deutsche Bank board of directors, who advocated the idea of corporate responsibility in an exemplary manner until his assassination by terrorists in 1989.

Founded: 1992
Budget 2013: € 3,2 mn.
4,500 attendees at Urban Age conference since 2005

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