Media Release June 8, 2020

Deutsche Bank and the Jane Goodall Institute launch "Oceans Are Us" education initiative in Taiwan

Deutsche Bank and the Jane Goodall Institute today announced their partnership for the launch of an innovative new environmental education program, “Oceans Are Us”, in Taiwan.

The “Oceans Are Us” initiative will focus on close engagement with identified partner schools along Taiwan’s northern coast to effectively combat the urgent issue of ocean pollution as every year, more than eight million tons of plastic is thrown into the ocean.

By raising awareness and inspiring action among school children, “Oceans Are Us” aims to nurture a new generation of environmentally conscious youths who understand and are motivated to address the challenges and consequences of marine pollution.

Jane and sea turtle - photo by Mafe Acosta

Jane and a sea turtle – photo by Mafe Acosta

As one of Deutsche Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, the bank and the Jane Goodall Institute will kick off their partnership with a program consisting of five participating pilot schools. Students at these schools will be educated and guided to effect practical, positive change with respect to the issue of ocean pollution.

Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, said: "We are very excited about this pilot initiative with Deutsche Bank in 2020. The World Oceans Day is a great reminder to us that the oceans need our help. The Roots & Shoots program “Oceans Are Us” is a timely initiative to help raise awareness, and to inspire actions.”

Cynthia Chan, Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Bank AG Taiwan, said: “As we celebrate our 40th anniversary in Taiwan, we are proud to partner with The Jane Goodall Institute on this critically important environmental issue. Deutsche Bank cares deeply about a sustainable future for Taiwan, and is committed to investing in the community here to support the institute for a better tomorrow.”

Deutsche Bank’s community outreach programs in Asia Pacific support a number of Sustainable Development Goals, including #2 Zero Hunger, #4 Quality Education, #5 Gender Equality, and #6 Clean Water and Sanitation. This new partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute extends our support for Sustainable Development Goal #14, which aims to conserve the ocean and support life below water sustainably.

Deutsche Bank has been a pioneer in the development of Taiwan’s capital markets and a proven partner bank of choice for sustainable business activities. For example, Deutsche Bank helped issue Taiwan’s first ever green bond in Taiwan dollars for a foreign corporate issuer. The bank has also led the way in supporting European investments into Taiwan’s wind energy sector with project financing.

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