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Impact & climate focus

Development impact as a yardstick

What we achieve in developing and emerging countries by providing long-term finance and advising businesses is DEG’s key yardstick. For many years we have supported sustainable development as defined by the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 2030 Agenda aims to improve living conditions for all humans 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 and climate

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

  • further enhancing the positive development impact of its customers on society and the environment;
  • reducing greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement’s 1.5° goal in order to make DEG’s portfolio climate neutral by 2040;
  • helping customers with their transformation in order to build their resilience and achieve greater development impact.

Our Impact/Climate Commitment sets out in detail how we are resolutely navigating this journey as an impact/climate finance provider.

DEG Impact Climate Commitment 2022

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Further reports

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.

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