ESG CIO View - On water risks & opportunities

Water crises are among the top 10 risks for companies. DWS‘ CIO for Responsible Investments Petra Pflaum explains why the implications for investors can be material and why exposure to water could also offer opportunities.

ESG - Responsible investing

Are our investment decisions guided by our values? Responsible investing reflects the desire of a growing number of investors to actively influence where their money is invested.

One earth doesn't seem to be enough

Besides the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, an essential role on the path to net zero will be played by land, freshwater and the oceans, which constitute some of the components of natural capital. Natural capital solutions are essential to help society cut emissions and improve resilience.

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Water - the blue gold

Water is the basis of all life - but an increasingly scarce resource. Billions in investment might be needed to alleviate the global water shortage.

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Latest ESG Publications

Oct 15, 2021 Sustainability

Bringing natural capital in from the cold

Why a credible global climate policy must have carbon-emission reduction and higher carbon prices but also land and sea protection and restoration at its heart.
Oct 14, 2021 Sustainability

ECB: Climate protection to be given a BIG boost

A green presidency for Christine Lagarde
Oct 11, 2021 ESG

Oceans & Climate – Exploring the Nexus

The world's climate scientists and recent extreme weather have shown that even our current worst estimates of climate scenarios are proving too optimistic.
Sep 24, 2021 ESG

Waste not, want not

Much too much food is still being wasted globally. This is an unbearable situation for many reasons. Investors have plenty of incentives to address the problem.
Aug 06, 2021 ESG

From victims to ecological defenders

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is an opportunity to reflect on how to help indigenous communities become even stronger guardians of biodiversity, nature and the world’s climate.
Jul 23, 2021 ESG

Living beyond our means

There are several ways to express that humans are living way beyond Earth's means. The bill has arrived and will keep on coming.
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Latest ESG News

Mar 29, 2021

Focus on: Climate Tech

Part 1: Investing in the bicycle industry
Mar 19, 2021

Focus on: World Water Day

Why water scarcity now threatens our future technologies.
Jan 20, 2021 ESG

DWS and WWF research highlights why we can no longer afford to neglect water risk

DWS and WWF, the largest independent conservation organization in the world, have co-authored an article highlighting the importance of underpinning investments with a clearer approach to water risk and opportunities.
Nov 12, 2020 ESG

DWS establishes ESG Advisory Board to elevate its holistic ESG strategy

The new ESG Advisory Board consists of six highly recognized international sustainability experts from diverse disciplines who will actively advise the CEO and the Executive Board of DWS on the acceleration of its ESG strategy.
Aug 10, 2020

DWS strengthens and maintains A+ rating in annual PRI assessment

DWS continues to be recognized for its sustainability efforts, receiving an A+ rating for Strategy & Governance in the annual Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) assessment for the third year in a row.
May 26, 2020

DWS pioneers unique approach to ESG integration

DWS will strengthen its stewardship practices by introducing “Smart Integration”, a pioneering approach to ESG integration that goes beyond previous industry standards.
May 20, 2020

DWS expert appointed to German Government’s Sustainable Finance Advisory Council

Petra Pflaum, DWS CIO for Responsible Investment, will become a member of the German Government's Sustainable Finance Advisory Council effective from May 20, 2020.

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Our major commitments to responsible investing

As a fiduciary partner, we are fully committed to providing state-of-the-art ESG solutions and expertise to enable our clients to invest responsibly. Our goal is to allow them to invest in a way that contributes to a sustainable future.

DWS has long recognized the importance of ESG factors for investors and was among the early signatories of the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in 2008. We believe that our expertise and lengthy experience in sustainable investing provide us with valuable insights that assist us to further protect and grow our clients’ assets over the long term

The Principles in detail:

  1. We will incorporate ESG issues into investment analysis and decision making process.
  2. We will be active owners and incorporate ESG issues into our ownership policies and practices.
  3. We will seek appropriate disclosure on ESG issues by the entities in which we invest.
  4. We will promote acceptance and implementation of the Principles within the investment industry (Our memberships and affiliations).
  5. We will work together to enhance our effectiveness in implementing the Principles.
  6. We will each report on our activities and progress towards implementing the Principles (DWS Assessment Report 2019/2020). 

Click here if you would like to know more about the Principles.

 

Corporate Governance & Proxy Voting Policy

Active Ownership: Engagement & Proxy Voting Report 2020

ESG Capabilities

ESG Capabilities

Responsible Investing - Our contribution to a sustainable future
ESG

ESG Engine

The heart of the ESG investment process
ESG

Corporate Governance

Expressing our view

Investing ESG

Actively managed ESG mutual funds

 

Thanks to the flexibility of the ESG Engine, we have been able to formulate common “minimum ESG” rules for all of our ESG retail funds in Active: for corporates, for sovereigns, and for green bonds. We use these standards to ensure that funds are ESG-compliant and as a basis for our conversations with institutional clients seeking advice on customised ESG solutions.



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Passively indexed ESG funds

We are able to use a unique implementation in determining an ESG-oriented investment universe. We can rely on existing or customised ESG indices, closely cooperating with index providers, or we can use our proprietary ESG Engine to filter a standard market index.



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ESG in alternatives investments

 

ESG is central to our Alternatives division’s investment process. It helps us to identify and mitigate potential key risks and to harness opportunities across our real assets business, which includes real estate and infrastructure and listed securities in these asset classes.



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ESG Investments pay off

EU Action plan 2018 to meet the Paris Agreement goals

Keep the increase in global average temperature

to well below 2 °C by 2030

More investments in sustainable projects.

Institutional investors, asset managers, insurance companies

Investment decisions must consider

ESG criteria in the future.

Investment Advisor

Starting in 2020

investment advisors must ask their clients if they want to consider ESG for their investments.

180bn USD per year

needs to be invested by 2030 to achieve the Paris Agreement goals. [1]

Considering

ESG does not cost performance;

with successful active fund management there is a chance for better performance while volatility remains at the same or lower level. [2]

Interested in more details on ESG and the Paris Agreement goals? Get the full pdf here.

1. Source: United Nations Organisation, January 2019.

2. Source: Metastudy on ESG Performance by Friede, Busch and Bassen, University of Hamburg, December 2015.

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