Exclusion Criteria for KfW's Liquidity Portfolio
In addition to the so-called ESG criteria (environmental, social and governance), exclusion criteria are also integrated into our investment approach for the . Applying exclusion criteria ensures that, as a matter of principle, no funds provided by KfW to the issuers through the purchase of their bonds for the KfW liquidity portfolio can flow into projects which, from our perspective, are likely to have unacceptable negative impacts on the environment, social conditions and governance.
If the issuers are financial services providers, the exclusion criteria are applied indirectly, in the case of banks, for example, to their relevant equity participations. Exclusion criteria are not considered for bonds of sovereign issuers.
Indirect application of exclusion criteria to:
- participations held by banks of at least 50%, or strategic participations in a company,
- which generates at least 5% of its annual turnover on the basis of one or more of the products covered by the exclusion criteria, or
- which exhibits a controversy with regard to the exclusion criteria that is evaluated as “severe“ or „very severe“ by our research partner ISS ESG.
Exclusion Criteria for the Liquidity Portfolio of KfW
** "Destruction" means (i) the destruction or severe deterioration of the integrity of an area caused by a major and prolonged change in the use of land or water, or (ii) the alteration of a habitat which leads to the inability of the affected area to perform its function.
*** Investments in power transmission grids with significant coal-based power feed-in will only be pursued in countries and regions with an ambitious national climate protection policy or strategy (NDC), or where the investments are targeted at reducing the share of coal-based power in the relevant grid. In developing countries, heating stations and cogeneration facilities (CHP) essentially fired with coal can be co-financed in individual cases based on a rigid assessment, if there is a particularly high sustainability contribution, major environmental hazards are reduced, and if there demonstrably is no more climate-friendly alternative.