Discussions with our stakeholders show that the topic of sustainability within the realms of economy and society is becoming significantly and increasingly relevant. More and more stakeholders are joining the conversation, dealing with the question of how we – as a provider of financing solutions and services – contribute to sustainable development.
The main focus lies on our portfolio of services: which sustainable effects does our lending business have? How do our consultancy and digitalisation solutions impact social challenges? Meanwhile, other topics, such as operational resource efficiency or sustainable procurement, are increasingly taken for granted.
In line with these results, we further refined our materiality analysis in the 2019 financial year. Material for the Company's success are a future-proof business model, risk management, a consistent client focus, our corporate integrity, and our appeal as an employer. The sustainable effects of our business areas ("green lending" and "digital solutions") and the topic of "transparency" are especially important.
Our sustainability management is allocated to Investor Relations – with a direct reporting line from the Group Sustainability Officer to the CEO. This way, we emphasise the strategic importance of sustainability for our corporate philosophy, steer practical implementation at the highest level, and make sure that relevant ESG information is integrated into communication with our stakeholders.