Sustainability Management

Vision

Deutsche Hypo is convinced of the necessity that the economic success of the company must go hand in hand with an intact natural environment and a society with stable social relations. Humanity today even more than before, stands before joint challenges like climate change, the financial and economic crisis or the increasing scarcity of resources. As a commercial real estate finance provider and Pfandbrief bank we see a particular responsibility to address these developments according to our potential.

For us, acting sustainably means making a contribution through our actions to leave future generations an ecologically intact and economically and socially stable world. Sustainable management means a responsible use of resources and energy, particularly with regard to sustainable construction of real estate. Furthermore, as buyers and sellers of products and services, we would like to take over responsibility as an employer and as part of society. Therefore, we have integrated responsibility and sustainability as core values in our mission statement and specified it in our sustainability strategy.

Materiality analysis

A materiality analysis is aimed at identifying, prioritizing and validating the main sustainability issues with their economic, social and environmental impact or their impact on the assessments and decisions of stakeholders. Deutsche Hypo views all persons and organisations as stakeholders, who are directly or indirectly influenced by the business activities of Deutsche Hypo or who can influence the bank’s success.

Deutsche Hypo therefore uses discussions with various stakeholders to exchange ideas on sustainability topics and to generate impulses for its own sustainability-oriented activities and their further development. For several years, the bank has already been in contact with sustainability rating agencies and actively supports its sustainability Ratings.

Sustainability strategy

For Deutsche Hypo, sustainability is first and foremost a question of attitude: the direct and indirect support for sustainable development through its own actions as a company is part of its image and vision.

Deutsche Hypo believes firmly that many aspects of global change bear opportunities and risks for itself, as well as for its customers and investors, and therefore have an influence on its business activities. The sustainability strategy addresses the central aspects of global change for Deutsche Hypo, its clients and its investors, and offers insights into ways to efficiently seize the opportunities that arise while responsibly managing risks.

At Deutsche Hypo, the sustainability strategy is a sub-strategy of the corporate strategy.

Operational and organisational structure

The Board of Managing Directors of Deutsche Hypo has declared the professionalization of the sustainability management of the bank as a central goal. The sustainability management is responsible for the implementation of these goals; it is located in the Communications and Board Staff Department, where it forms one of the main fields of activity. The duties of the sustainability management include the implementation of sustainability standards, the coordination of sustainability activities as well as the further development of the sustainability strategy. It is supported by a sustainability committee, which consists of members from all departments of the company that are related to sustainability.

Policies

Deutsche Hypo has set up various sustainability policies for its business, which guide and regulate business conduct, taking into account economic, ecological and social aspects. The guidelines supplement existing guidelines and principles regarding strategy and governance.

The following sustainability policies are currently being applied at Deutsche Hypo:

  • Policy for environmental impact of our business activities
  • Policy for human rights and labour standards
  • Purchasing guidelines of Deutsche Hypo
  • Framework policy money laundering prevention
  • Framework for fraud prevention management
  • Policy for dealing with tax law requirements
  • Policy for responsible marketing
  • Policy for sustainable real estate financing
  • Policy for controversial areas of business – weapons and armaments transactions
  • Policy for controversial areas of business – pornography

Code of Conduct

Deutsche Hypo – as part of the NORD/LB Group – has published a code of conduct for its employees. The principles of conduct are intended to supplement the statutory and regulatory framework conditions that govern the commercial activities of the bank. As a measure of self-awareness, they enhance trust in Deutsche Hypo. By making this Code of Conduct binding on not only on all managers and employees of Deutsche Hypo, but also the Board of Managing Directors, means that it ensures a morally and ethically sustainable way of working in the financial sector.

Recognition of sustainability initiatives

Deutsche Hypo is a member of the ZIA Zentraler Immobilien Ausschuss e.V. and recognises the voluntary self-commitment of the real estate industry in form of the sustainability manual of ZIA “Sustainability – Code, Reports and Compliance”. In addition, Deutsche Hypo is oriented towards two international sustainability standards. These are, on the one hand, the ten principles on the sustainable development and responsibility of the UN Global Compact and the UNEP F’s self-commitment. Deutsche Hypo regularly checks compliance with these initiatives. The full text of the commitment and additional information on the ZIA, UN Global Compact and UNEP FI can be found here:

Additional links:

Zentraler Immobilienausschuss e.V.

UN Global Compact

UNEP FI

German diversity charter

The Diversity Charter is a corporate initiative to promote diversity in companies and institutions and is supported by the German Chancellor and the Commissioners of the Federal Government for Migration, Refugees and Integration. The initiative aims to promote the recognition, appreciation and inclusion of diversity in corporate culture in Germany. Organisations should create a work environment that is free from prejudices. All employees should enjoy appreciation – irrespective of gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age, sexual orientation and identity. Under the terms of the charter, Deutsche Hypo has committed itself to:

  • cultivating an organisational culture characterised by the mutual respect and appreciation of each and every individual. We create the prerequisites for managers and employees to recognise, share and live these values. A special obligation is imposed on the management.
  • reviewing our personnel processes and ensure that they meet the diverse abilities and talents of all employees as well as our performance requirements.
  • recognising the diversity of society within and outside the organisation, to value the potential within it and to make it valuable for the bank.
  • implementing the charter on internal and external dialogue.
  • providing information about our activities and progress in the promotion of diversity and appreciation annually.
  • informing our employees about diversity and to involve them in the implementation of the charter.

Sustainability programme

Deutsche Hypo’s top priority is to ensure its sustainable development. The sustainability strategy therefore stipulates that the bank wants to maintain its sustainability rating at least at “prime” and achieve an improvement in its sustainability every year. On the basis of the materiality analysis, the sustainability management, Sustainability Committee and Board of Managing Directors therefore draw up an annual sustainability program in which measurable and concrete measures are defined for the current year. All measures are examined in the following year to determine the degree to which they have achieved their objectives.