Why banks matter

… for the planet


Smart investments create sustainable livelihoods for millions of people around the globe, for example by helping societies to mitigate the consequences of climate change.

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“My day isn’t over when the sun goes down.”


Thanks to solar energy, many households in East Africa can power their own lights, and many small businesses have taken off. Mobisol’s solar home systems have won over customers – and convinced banks that offer sustainable investment opportunities. A photo story from Kenya about an illuminating example of impact investment.

Photos: Kirsten Milhahn

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On the problem side or the solution side?


There is an enormous opportunity for banks to do the right thing and avoid “dodgy deals”, says Banktrack director Johan Frijns.

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Protecting the climate – protection from the climate


Climate change is real. Around the world policymakers, businesses and civil society are attempting to mitigate its impact. Here’s a selection of projects – both large and small – that are playing their part.

Photos: Rosa Merk

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Insights from Deutsche Bank


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“Big asset owners have the possibility to drive change.”

Economy ViewsMore and more investors are basing their decisions on environmental, social and governance (ESG) data. This may be a big step towards more sustainability, says Pieter Furnée, Head of Responsible Investing for the Global Client Group of DWS.

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Financing viable solutions for global problems

ExplainerDWS supports the Climate Finance Accelerator initiative to help provide money to sustainable agriculture and renewable energy projects in emerging economies. Here’s how it works.

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Getting physical (on climate risk)

InterviewCan a bank’s research team help prepare for climate change? We asked Michael Lewis, Head of ESG Thematic Research at DWS.

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A real business opportunity

Economy ViewsBanks should see investment in climate change solutions as “a chance to prove banks’ value to society”, says Gerald Podobnik, Head of Capital Solutions & Sustainable Financing at Deutsche Bank.

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Pieter Furnee photo

“Big asset owners have the possibility to drive change.”

Economy ViewsMore and more investors are basing their decisions on environmental, social and governance (ESG) data. This may be a big step towards more sustainability, says Pieter Furnée, Head of Responsible Investing for the Global Client Group of DWS.

Video thumbnail image

Financing viable solutions for global problems

ExplainerDWS supports the Climate Finance Accelerator initiative to help provide money to sustainable agriculture and renewable energy projects in emerging economies. Here’s how it works.

Michael Lewis photo

Getting physical (on climate risk)

InterviewCan a bank’s research team help prepare for climate change? We asked Michael Lewis, Head of ESG Thematic Research at DWS.

Gerald Podobnik image

A real business opportunity

Economy ViewsBanks should see investment in climate change solutions as “a chance to prove banks’ value to society”, says Gerald Podobnik, Head of Capital Solutions & Sustainable Financing at Deutsche Bank.

Profit.


Investors can benefit from sustainability themselves: companies that apply environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria to their operations have a strong basis to perform well in the long term.

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of banks have already started making impact investments; 39 % are still working on their strategy in this regard.

Source: Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), 2017 Annual Impact Investor Survey

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Conviction.


Clients that invest responsibly can play a significant role in forging a better future.

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of the largest companies align their social responsibility strategies to the United Nations’ own sustainability targets.

Source: KPMG

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Efficiency.


The platform economy and blockchain technology both have the potential to disrupt the entire economy. They can also help to make sustainable investments even more efficient.

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is the approximate number of blockchain-based crypto-currency bitcoins that can ever be generated. By the end of 2017, there were 16.8 million.

Source: Deutsche Bank, blockchain.info

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