• Thought Leadership & Stakeholder Engagement

We are seeking to be a leading voice in sustainability

In line with our ambition to be a leading voice, we contribute our expertise to advance sustainability issues in political and social discussions and actively participate in a broad sustainability network.

  • One Deutsche Bank employee is member of the Sustainable Finance Committee inaugurated by the German federal government in June 2019 to support the development of a national sustainable finance strategy.
  • As a member of the Banking Environment Initiative, in 2019, we collaborated in Bank 2030, a project that set out to understand how banks can accelerate the financing of a low-carbon economy and develop a vision for climate progressive banks.
  • We launched dbSustainability, a dedicated sustainability research platform providing thought-provoking, value-added and aligned content spanning thematic, macro, quantitative and individual company analysis.
  • We are contributing to the discussions on developments in sustainable finance with trade associations, and responding to consultations, including those from the European Banking Association, the Network for Greening the Financial System and the Technical Expert Group set up by the European Commission.
  • We take part in a number of innovative initiatives at a global, EU and national level.

UNEP FI Positive Impact Initiative

The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is a partnership between the United Nations and the financial sector to support sustainable development. UNEP FI is a collaborative effort – the initiative works with more than 300 members including banks, insurers and investors – to create a financial sector that serves people and the planet while delivering positive impacts.

We are a member of a working group set up by the UNEP FI Positive Impact Initiative to focus on mainstreaming impact analysis in the financing of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The working group made up of representatives from banks, investors and advisors is developing and testing the methodology for impact analysis in corporate finance with unspecified use of proceeds.

The working group developed a Corporate Impact Analysis Tool intended as a resource for banks and investors seeking to develop, or redevelop, their own proprietary methodologies for impact identification, and to identify potential areas of impact target setting.

Furthermore, we are a member of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) working group supported by the UNEP Secretariat and external consultants with the aim of further developing risk management practices and ultimately moving towards implementation of the TCFD recommendations.

The working groups support banks in fulfilling their commitment to the UN Principles for Responsible Banking.

Value Balancing Alliance

In August 2019, Deutsche Bank became one of the founding members of the Value Balancing Alliance (VBA).

Together with seven other corporations and the support of the four global accounting firms, we have committed ourselves to working collaboratively on the development of a standardized Impact Measurement and Valuation (IMV) model. It is intended to increase transparency of the value companies generate for society.

The external effects are to be measured and reported as costs or social value contributions. Experts from the bank are in regular contact with the VBA and contribute their experience to the development of the model. This should also ensure that the results of the VBA are applicable in practice.

Additionally, Deutsche Bank is conducting an internal pilot project to identify its main areas of impact and to test approaches to evaluate them.