What we do
For 55 years DEG, a subsidiary of KfW, has been a reliable partner to private-sector companies operating in developing and emerging countries. We provide them with long-term financing and promotional programmes, and advise them as they implement their investments. They can thus develop successfully and sustainably, while generating local added value and creating qualified jobs. As a development finance institution, we deliberately enter difficult markets as well, and promote private sector expansion there.
We develop solutions for our customers
We provide companies with long-term investment capital in the form of loans or equity, which is often difficult to obtain in developing countries. We advise and accompany our customers continuously to help them design their investment and company professionally, efficiently and sustainably. Our “Business Support Services” and range of promotional programmes also contribute to lasting entrepreneurial success.
Our customers are
- companies from industry, agriculture and services;
- private infrastructure companies in the energy, transport, utilities and telecommunications sectors;
- financial institutions and funds that provide small and medium-sized enterprises, in particular, with reliable access to debt and equity financing.
Our customers are based in developing and emerging countries, Germany and other industrialised nations.
Our commitment has a lasting impact locally
We pay particular attention to ensuring that our investments generate positive development impacts in our partner countries. With our solutions, we ensure our customers can open up new markets and compete successfully. In doing so, they create qualified jobs and income, and contribute to local added value and economic development on the ground.
In addition, many of our customers take on wide-ranging responsibility (corporate social responsibility). They pay above-average wages, provide insurance coverage and set up nurseries and health centres. Their involvement often benefits their own staff and families, in addition to the people in the surrounding communities.
We establish international environmental, social and corporate governance standards
With our involvement, we are actively working to establish and disseminate international environmental, social and corporate governance standards. We carry out careful environmental and social audits and provide intensive support to companies in the implementation of contractually agreed action plans. This task is undertaken by a team of DEG’s own experienced specialists, supported by outside experts.
- the IFC Performance Standards – the standard for the private sector;
- the "Environmental, Health and Safety Guidelines" of the World Bank Group; and
- the conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO).
DEG works with its clients to promote good corporate governance. Key issues are the rights and equitable treatment of shareholders and other stakeholders, internal control environment and processes, disclosure and transparency, and the Board of Directors.
An exclusion list defines the areas in which we do not operate on principle.