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KfW – Responsible banking

KfW is one of the world’s leading promotional banks. KfW has been committed to improving economic, social and environmental living conditions across the globe on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany and the federal states since 1948.

To do this, it provided funds totalling EUR 77.3 billion in 2019 alone. Of this amount, 38% was used for climate and environmental protection. Its financing and promotional services are aligned with the United Nations’ Agenda 2030 and contribute to the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

A mandate to promote global development

KfW does not have any branches and does not hold customer deposits. It funds its promotional business in a responsible manner and almost entirely via the international capital markets. In 2019, KfW raised EUR 80.6 billion for this purpose.

At its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, at its two branches in Berlin and Bonn, at its subsidiaries KfW IPEX-Bank, DEG and KfW Capital, it employs over 6,300 members of staff. It is represented at around 80 locations worldwide.

As a bank committed to responsibility, KfW supports people, countries and institutions who think ahead, driving our society towards the future. This profile is what clearly sets KfW apart from other commercial banks.

KfW at a glance   (PDF, 2 MB, accessible)

Promotional mandate and history

Since 1948 we have been promoting and financing projects on behalf of the public sector. Our task in detail and how we implement it.

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Approach and corporate governance

We are a special bank. How we work, how we define governance and what role sustainability plays in our business.

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Reporting portal with facts and figures

We concentrate on topics with special future relevance. An overview of our business and funding figures and our financial reporting.

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Quick start

Sustainability
Responsibility for social issues and the environment
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KfW Research
Economic analyses relating to research on progress and development
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Investor Relations
Capital market activities, bonds and financial standing
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Newsroom
Latest news from KfW's business areas and subsidiaries
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KfW Stiftung
KfW's social commitment
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Further topics on the organisation of KfW

Locations and branches
EU Liaison Office