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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 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Dr Günther Bräunig (CEO of KfW Group) explains KfW's SDG mapping. The Group publishes which positive SDG contributions can be expected from its annual new commitments.
(in German with English subtitles)

(20 September 2019)

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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.

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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 2020
in EUR million
Financial year 2019
in EUR million
SDG 1 No Poverty10,0576,789
SDG 2 Zero Hunger600696
SDG 3 Good Health and Well-Being3,0112,492
SDG 4 Quality Education5,0744,270
SDG 5 Gender Equality4,8943,443
SDG 6 Clean Water and Sanitation1,8332,407
SDG 7 Affordable and Clean Energy40,46526,378
SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth71,92228,123
SDG 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure14,87415,600
SDG 10 Reduced Inequalities8,5876,178
SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities45,98129,028
SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production246326
SDG 13 Climate Action43,16628,204
SDG 14 Life Below Water306145
SDG 15 Life on Land797589
SDG 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions6,8423,591
SDG 17 Partnerships for the Goals12,63510,949

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

The SDG mapping of KfW Group Background information and methodological notes  (PDF, 1 MB, non-accessible)

The contribution of KfW Group to the SDGs

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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