Principles for Responsible Investment

The United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) are in essence a set of global best practices for responsible investment. They reflect the view that environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues increasingly affect the performance of investment portfolios. Following the launch of the Principles in 2006, currently more than 4,000 institutional investors have joined this initiative.

We signed the PRI in 2006. We thus take into account the particular importance of sustainability not only in KfW's core lending business, but also for our financial investments. We are convinced that companies that adopt strategic approaches to dealing with ESG issues in future will enjoy competitive advantages in global markets and will outperform in the long term. By implementing PRI in our sustainable investment approach, we want to drive forward sustainable business practices actively and transparently, while encouraging other market participants to do the same.

1.We will incorporate ESG issues into investment analysis and decision-making processes.
2.We will be active owners and incorporate ESG issues into our ownership policies and practices.
3.We will seek appropriate disclosure on ESG issues by the entities in which we invest.
4.We will promote acceptance and implementation of the Principles within the investment industry.
5.We will work together to enhance our effectiveness in implementing the Principles.
6.We will each report on our activities and progress towards implementing the Principles.

KfW's latest PRI-Reporting-Framework can be found here.