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    Impact & climate Focus

    Development impact as a yardstick

    What we achieve in developing and emerging countries through our support of private enterprises by providing long-term financing and advisory services is DEG’s key yardstick. For many years we have been committed to sustainable development as outlined in the United Nations' 2030 Agenda with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 2030 Agenda aims to improve living conditions for all people and protect the planet. The principle of sustainable development is embedded in DEG’s business strategy, applying to dealings with customers and partners as well as the way we run our own business.

    Focus on impact & climate

    Since 2022, DEG has focused its work even more keenly on

    • further enhancing the positive development impact of its customers’ investments on society and the environment;
    • combatting climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement’s 1.5 degree goal following a science-based transformation pathway in order to make DEG’s portfolio net-zero in 2040;
    • actively supporting its customers with their transformation in order to build their resilience and achieve greater development impact.

    Our Impact Climate Commitment, created in 2022 and updated in 2024, sets out in detail how we are resolutely navigating and shaping this journey as an impact/climate finance provider. We regularly and transparently record progress on this journey in DEG’s annual Development Report

    DEG Impact Climate Commitment 2024

    Our development impact worldwide

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    A guide to our standards

    With our involvement, we are actively working to establish and disseminate international environmental, social and corporate governance standards. Here you will find information about our way of working and about the guidelines we adhere to.

    Sustainability in action

    We expect sustainable business practices from our business partners. To the same degree we set ourselves high standards in order to operate economically and under environmentally and socially responsible conditions.

    Comprehensive reporting

    For years, DEG’s actions have been guided by the principle of sustainability. We provide detailed information on the non-financial aspects of our activities and their sustainable impact.

    Additional information


    DEG has made a commitment to act responsibly and transparently according to the principles of good governance. Here you can find more information on this topic.

    Development impacts

    Our work benefits people, businesses and countries. We ensure our customers can maximise opportunities, open up new markets and compete successfully. Here you can find the latest studies on our impact.

    Business Support Services

    With our Business Support Services we can help businesses boost their performance, increase growth and enhance the developmental impact of their schemes. Corporate governance, further training of employees and suppliers, risk management, environmental and social management, and resource and energy efficiency are fields of application of BSS. Some of the costs can be met by DEG.