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KfW and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Global challenges such as increasing global warming, the coronavirus pandemic, social crisis and international conflicts shape social and political discourse. They highlight the urgent need to drive the transition to a sustainable society. Against this background, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Agenda 2030 with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the UN Summit on Sustainable Development in September 2015.

As one of the world's leading promotional banks, KfW supports these 17 goals for environmentally, economically and socially sustainable development. These efforts reinforce the bank's claim to be a pioneer in shaping the transformation towards a better, more climate-friendly and more sustainable world. Based on its mandate as a promotional bank of the German Federal Government and the German federal states, KfW has been supporting the sustainable improvement of living and economic conditions for more than seventy years.

KfW manages its business on the basis of key megatrends: climate and environmental protection (SDG 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 15 and others), digitalization and innovation (SDG 9 and others), social change (SDG 4, 10 and others) and globalization (SDG 7, 8, 9 and others). As a “responsible bank”, KfW Group contributes to meeting all SDGs by promoting and financing countries, municipalities, companies and private individuals in Germany, Europe and around the world. Since no international standards have been established to date with view to reporting SDG-contributions in the financial sector, KfW has developed its own group-wide SDG mapping. KfW is thus transparent about which positive SDG contributions can be expected from its new commitments every year.

Information on the current SDG mapping of KfW Group can be found here.

The contribution of KfW Group to the SDGs*

SDG Mapping
As of 31 December 2020

KfW Group contributes to all 17 SDGs. Our focus on promotion and financing is reflected in the SDG mapping. KfW makes the biggest contributions to

  • SDG 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8: – Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 – Climate Action

KfW is a pioneer in the banking sector with its volume-based SDG mapping. KfW largely updates its annual SDG mapping automatically on the basis of the new commitments made the previous financial year.

SDG mapping of KfW Group

UN SDG - Sustainable Development GoalsFinancial year 2021
in EUR million
Financial year 2020
in EUR million
SDG 1 No Poverty3,56510,057
SDG 2 Zero Hunger795600
SDG 3 Good Health and Well-Being3,5713,011
SDG 4 Quality Education4,8285,074
SDG 5 Gender Equality6504,894
SDG 6 Clean Water and Sanitation1,6801,833
SDG 7 Affordable and Clean Energy51,43540,465
SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth35,21771,922
SDG 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure12,73614,874
SDG 10 Reduced Inequalities4,2338,587
SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities55,10045,981
SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production552246
SDG 13 Climate Action53,25143,166
SDG 14 Life Below Water288306
SDG 15 Life on Land1,430797
SDG 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions8976,842
SDG 17 Partnerships for the Goals1,85412,635

* KfW's financing generally contributes to several SDGs at the same time.

The SDG mapping of KfW Group Background information and methodological notes (PDF, 985 KB, non-accessible)

The contribution of KfW Group to the SDGs

Blick auf die Grünanlagen hinter dem HAupthaus un dem IPEX Hochhaus der KfW Niederlassung Frankfurt im Juli 2014

17 sustainable development goals on the façade of KfW

KfW is also committed to the UN sustainability goals on the façade of its headquarters in Frankfurt

(20 September 2019)

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