Deutsche Bank

Annual Report 2017

Corporate Responsibility

Our approach to sustainability is grounded on the “triple bottom line” concept that encompasses the dimensions of people, planet and profit. For us, this means sustainable business performance, that balances economic success with environmental and social responsibility. It aims to foster business that enables sustainable economic growth and societal progress, by creating positive impact for our clients, our people, our investors and our communities.

We monitor global developments and evaluate their impact on our business. We value open dialogue with our stakeholders and respect their diverse expectations. Together, this helps us make informed decisions while continually shaping our sustainability approach.

The values and beliefs within Deutsche Bank’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics reflect our understanding of sustainability, which is also anchored in respective policies and processes. It is further informed by internationally recognized standards and principles and the formal commitments we have made in the area of sustainability. Examples include:

  • Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact
  • UN Principles for Responsible Investment
  • UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
  • G20/OECD principles of Corporate Governance
  • OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

To take forward its expired Millennium Development Goals the UN set the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which also provides guidance in how we think and act.

Deutsche Bank’s Management Board is responsible for the integration of sustainability across the bank. A centrally organized sustainability team within our Communications & CSR function acts as an interface between internal and external stakeholders.

In November 2017, our Management Board took the decision to strengthen governance by establishing a group-wide Sustainability Council, composed of senior managers from across the business and infrastructure functions. The Council will act as advisory body to the Management Board and will further develop and enforce the bank’s sustainability approach.

For more information on sustainability please visit the consolidated Non-Financial Report 2017 (NFRep 2017) for Deutsche Bank Group. The NFRep 2017 includes Deutsche Bank’s Non-financial Statement (which legally is referred to as separate non-financial group report). The content of the Non-Financial Statement is marked separately. The NFRep 2017 PDF, including the Non-Financial Statement, is published on our Investor Relations website Please visit our online NFRep 2017 on