Green & Social Bond Programmes

DKB is a regular issuer of benchmark bonds in euros. Since 2016, these are sustainable too – either green or social. We use the proceeds of our green bonds to refinance DKB loans in renewable energies. These companies provide the necessary infrastructure to enable the Energiewende. Currently, the volume of the loan portfolio in this area is around EUR 11 billion (Stand: 31.12.2020), making it one of the largest of such in Germany.

In September 2018, we set up our social bond programme that enables us to issue social bonds, whose use of proceeds we use to refinance loans made to institutions in the areas of social housing, public care, health and care, education and research as well as inclusion. Our Social Bond Framework describes the conditions of the programme.

DKB has an excellent sustainability rating from the ESG research & rating agency ISS-ESG (formerly ISS-oekom). The grade "B-" is best-in-class amongst national and international commercial, state and regional banks that are in the same peer group as DKB.

For the second time in a row, DKB received an award for a particularly successful social bond. The renowned trade magazine for sustainable finance - "Environmental Finance" - together with an independent jury of 30 members from the world's most important sustainable investors, awarded the Blue Social Bond (DE000SCB002) from DKB with the Innovation Award. The issue thus underlines DKB's Blue Sustainability concept, which goes beyond environmental issues and seeks to create social value.