Circular Economy: Squaring the circle

How moving towards a carbon-neutral and ecologically sustainable circular economy is not only natural but can also be profitable.

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Latest ESG Publications

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Mar 02, 2023 ESG

‘A-’ for DWS in the CDP SCORE 2022

Oct 13, 2022 Press

DWS scored above median in latest PRI Assessment

In the latest Annual PRI Assessment for the reporting year 2020, DWS reached 4 stars in 7 modules and 5 stars in 8 modules of all 15 PRI assessment modules relevant for DWS Group.
May 31, 2022 Press

Focus On | World Bicycle Day 2022

Apr 20, 2022 Press

Focus on: Earth Day 2022

Regulation and commodity prices make recycling an investment topic
Feb 25, 2022 Press Releases

Focus On: Plastic waste in the oceans

United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi
Dec 23, 2021

DWS achieved ‘B’ rating in the CDP SCORE 2021

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 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 commitments to responsible investing

As a fiduciary partner, we are committed to providing ESG solutions and expertise to enable our clients to invest responsibly.

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 can 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.
  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 PRI Assessment Report 2020/2021). 

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


Corporate Governance & Proxy Voting Policy 2023

Active Ownership: Engagement & Proxy Voting Report 2022

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ESG Capabilities

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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