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.

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ESG CIO View - Climate Change

Extreme weather events, carbon pricing or shifts in consumer preferences may have a material financial impact on companies.

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.

ESG Engine

Those who invest according to ESG criteria have to take several factors into account when choosing suitable investments. The ESG Engine can provide a solution.

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]


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.

Latest ESG News

"We are at the precipice of the era of sustainability."

DWS only German asset manager joining founding signatory group on “Net Zero Emissions Goal” initiative.
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.
Jun 18, 2020

DWS appoints Desiree Fixler as Group Sustainability Officer

DWS has appointed Desiree Fixler as Group Sustainability Officer (GSO), marking another significant milestone in our path towards sustainability.
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.


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 & Voting Policy

Proxy Voting and Governance Engagement Report

How we live ESG

Operating Principles for Impact Management

In 2019, DWS Sustainable Investments joined more than 80 asset managers in signing on to the Operating Principles for Impact Management, which provide best practices for managing assets for impact; investors increasingly expect to see a commitment to these principles.

Sustainability report

"ESG, and sustainability in its broadest sense, is of the utmost importance to DWS. This springs from the fiduciary obligations central to us as an asset manager. And sustainability is one of our four core values at DWS. We will always strive to act in a responsible manner while seeking opportunities to develop our business." Dr Asoka Woehrmann, Chief Executive Officer
Mar 01, 2019

Corporate Governance & Proxy Voting Policy

We at DWS take our fiduciary duty to our client investors very seriously and act in the sole interest of our clients.

Engagement Policy

This document frames DWS approach to engaging with their investee companies on matters including environmental, social & governance issues. This is a key factor for an organization to create value over time.
Jul 31, 2018 ESG

Responsible Investment Statement

This document frames DWS's approach to Responsible Investing. It introduces our philosophy and principles that guide our investments in this area.

ESG Integration Policy

DWS shows how their investment professionals incorporate ESG factors into investment process, analysis and decisions.
Oct 09, 2020

Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

This Statement is made by Deutsche Bank AG and its relevant subsidiary undertakings pursuant to Section 54 of the United Kingdom's Modern Slavery Act 2015 (The "Act").

Policy on Controversial Conventional Weapons

Non-Group Policy DWS Group

Global Real Estate ESG & Sustainability policy

DWS’ real estate business adheres to a number of DWS-wide policies including the Responsible Investment Statement you find here
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Latest ESG Publications

Jan 05, 2021 Sustainability

ESG investments: The four most important questions investors need answered

Sustainable investment products are booming. However, investors should be able to answer a few essential questions before investing in funds that promise long-term relevance for society and the environment.
Dec 15, 2020 ESG

ESG in Strategic Asset Allocation (SAA): A practical implementation framework

Dec 06, 2020 Sustainability

Climate change: turning it into an investment opportunity

Climate change poses many risks - but for companies and investors working to counter it, it could also offer a number of opportunities.
Nov 30, 2020 ESG

A transformational framework for Water Risk

An institutional framework on addressing water risk across asset classes
Nov 13, 2020 Sustainability

Water - investing in "blue gold"

H2O is now a global business. More and more companies are active in the water sector, which is awash with defensive characteristics and offers the chance of stable returns.
Nov 10, 2020 ESG

Sustainable Energy Trends: Small is Beautiful

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Sustainable Finance Report #2

Sustainable Finance Report #2

The gathering forces of ESG investing explored
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ESG Capabilities

ESG Capabilities

Responsible Investing - Our contribution to a sustainable future

ESG Engine

The heart of the ESG investment process

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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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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