KfW is one of the most active, high-volume issuers of bonds and notes in the world. Since 1987, KfW has been active in the U.S. capital market and has debt securities registered with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) under Schedule B of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 applicable to foreign governments and political subdivisions thereof.
KfW is the promotional bank of the Federal Republic of Germany. This promotional mandate is set out in the . The transformation of the economy and society to improve economic, ecological and social living conditions worldwide is KfW's primary objective.
KfW's sustainability strategy is based on a holistic approach. KfW aims to align its business and financing activities measurably with the and compatibly with the . The project launched at the end of 2020 sets the course for a harmonised understanding of impact across the Group and improved measurability and reporting on the sustainability impact of projects financed or co-financed by KfW.
In line with these promotional principles, KfW puts a focus on financing projects in the areas of Climate Change & Environment, Globalisation, Social Change and Digitalisation & Innovation. Within its annual promotional volume, KfW has set itself the goal of a Group environmental ratio of 38%.
With the "Green Bonds - Made by KfW", KfW has established a suitable instrument to help achieve these goals and further enhance the bank's sustainability profile. KfW issued its first Green Bond back in 2014. It has since established itself as one of the largest issuers of Green Bonds worldwide. Since 2015, it has also acted as an investor in Green Bonds.
KfW has been issuing green bonds since 2014, including USD-denominated issuances registered with the SEC under its global debt programme. This offers US investors the chance to combine the security and liquidity typical for AAA-rated KfW bonds with the opportunity to promote investments in sustainable and climate-friendly projects.