The Deka Group’s sustainability reports and ratings

We include issues of vital importance in our business strategy. At Deka, we have anchored sustainability in our business strategy – this can be seen in the chapter “Sustainable corporate management”. This means we do not have a separate sustainability strategy. The rating agencies have also confirmed our sustainable corporate management with good and steadily improving sustainability ratings.

The Deka sustainability reports

Sustainability is a high priority for the securities service provider for Sparkasse banks. In accordance with the business strategy, implementation is decentralised along the five areas of activity. The sustainability report is testimony to our sustainability performance.

The ratings also reflect our sustainability efforts with respect to our competitors.
  • Business strategy
    The Deka Group has adopted the guidelines from the sustainability strategy as part of its business strategy.
  • Implementation
    We implement the guidelines in five areas of activity: Sustainable corporate management, sustainable products, sustainable human resources management, sustainable banking operations and social commitment.
  • Reporting
    Since 2009, we have published a sustainability report every year in accordance with the GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) international reporting standard. Since 2017, this report has been externally audited in accordance with the CSR Directive
    Implementation Act (CSR-RUG). The separate non-financial report (nfB) of the Deka Group is published in German and English.
  • Ratings
    Rating agencies analyse and evaluate the sustainability performance of the Deka Group on the basis of the sustainability report.

The sustainability report also shows the progress we have made in implementing the principles of the UN Global Compact. We have been committed to its ten principles since 2011. We are committed to respecting human and labour rights, protecting the environment and fighting corruption.

In addition, the Deka Group reports on other goals and measures identified in the materiality analysis which are of great interest to stakeholders, in particular our customers, rating agencies, NGOs and the general public. These include in particular the impact of the Deka Group’s commitment to sustainability on environmental and social issues, respect for human rights and the fight against corruption and bribery.

The Deka Group’s ratings

Sustainability is vital when it comes to investments. National and international surveys show that today between 60 and 70 per cent of institutional investors take sustainability criteria into account when making investments. And this is a rising trend: Various regulatory requirements mean that this proportion will very probably continue to increase.

DekaBank is an issuer of public sector covered bonds, mortgage covered bonds and bearer bonds. We take great care to meet the requirements of the sustainability rating agencies so that we can successfully place our bonds on the market. In addition, the agencies’ criteria reflect the requirements of important Deka Group stakeholder groups – such as environmental associations, human rights organisations and trade unions. We use the sustainability ratings as the basis for the regular analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of our sustainability management – including in comparison with other banks.

Sustainability ratings


The rating scales of the rating agencies:
  • MSCI: AAA to CCC (Peer Group: Asset Management & Custody Banks)
  • ISS-ESG: A+ to D- (Peer Group: Financials/Public & Regional Banks)
  • Sustainalytics: 0 - 40+ (Peer Group: Asset Management & Custody Services)

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