Deutsche Bank – Responsibility

Financing social change – Microfinance and Social Impact Investment

Helping people help themselves requires innovative financial instruments that serve both social and economic goals. As one of the first globally operating banks, Deutsche Bank recognized early on the opportunities that microloans provide to poor and low-income entrepreneurs, and the role these loans play for society as a whole, especially in developing countries and emerging markets.

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Be!Fund: promoting social entrepreneurship

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At a glance

Projects and Initiatives

Helping people help themselves requires innovative financial instruments that serve both social and economic goals. Our expertise, banking skills, and the enthusiasm of our employees create opportunities for change.

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What do we aim to achieve?

To fight poverty, we help people in underdeveloped regions help themselves. Through microloans, we provide low-income entrepreneurs access to credit and help them establish an existence, grow and adhere to ecological standards.

What is our approach?

We establish innovative microfinance instruments and processes as well as ethical standards for client protection and transparency and require compliance from all participants.

How do we avoid risks for borrowers?

  • The Pocantico Declaration establishes key principles and values for the microloan industry
  • The SMART Campaign aims to protect the interests of borrowers
  • Roundtable sessions with microfinance networks and development agencies limit the risk of multiple loans and over-indebtedness

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