Sustainable investment

GIZ invests its money in line with rigorous sustainability criteria. These include environmental, social and corporate governance criteria.

GIZ invests money as part of its provision of pensions, and the guiding principle of sustainability applies here, too. GIZ follows environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria. ESG criteria form the basis for all investments by GIZ and define clearly the shares or bonds in which GIZ may invest.

They begin by listing a series of criteria for excluding investments. The second stage involves dividing up the remaining investment opportunities into three regional investment groups: Europe, emerging economies and worldwide. For investment in companies, only the 40 per cent of companies in the respective sector with the best ESG profile (the ‘best in class’ approach) may be considered. Independent experts regularly monitor compliance with the sustainability criteria.