ESG CIO View - Climate Change

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

Responsible Investing

Do we let our values guide our investment decisions? Responsible Investing reflects the desire of an ever-growing number of investors to actively decide how the money they are investing is put to use.

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.

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.

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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). 

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

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

01. Mrz 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.

31. Jul 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.

Deutsche Bank Non-Financial Report 2017

You can find further information in the Deutsche Bank Non-Financial Report 2017

17. Jul 2018

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").

ESG

Policy on Controversial Conventional Weapons

Non-Group Policy DWS Group

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Latest ESG Publications

18. Nov 2019 ESG

Integrating climate transition risk into investment portfolios

Climate change is a significant risk for investors, from the financial losses incurred from extreme weather events, the asset re-pricing in the transition to a low carbon economy to the use of law courts as a new instrument to enforce and accelerate climate change action.

29. Okt 2019 ESG

Why emerging markets are defined by ESG

ESG forces are moving deeper into emerging markets from the network of central banks sharing best practice, stock exchanges mandating ESG disclosure requirements, regulators acting in the area of fiduciary duty and the launch of new EM-focused investment products.

09. Okt 2019 ESG

Responsible investing - The world tour

How the U.S. is playing a leading role, why ESG is particularly relevant for Emerging Markets, and Europe’s ambitions to be a global rule setter

24. Jul 2019 ESG

German Corporates & Sustainability

German corporates are faced with significant risks and opportunities when it comes to sustainability and specifically climate change.

26. Apr 2019 ESG

The strategic benefits of microfinance funds

Creating returns while contributing to economic growth and the Sustainable Development Goals by reducing poverty and supporting female entrepreneurs, plus the potential to help improve resilience to physical climate impacts

28. Jan 2019 ESG

Ambitions of the EU Sustainable Finance Action Plan

The Why, The What and The How

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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

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 M 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  Passively indexed ESG funds.



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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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