DWS’s Sustainable Investments team seeks to create strategies with the potential for attractive financial returns while promoting measurable social and/or environmental outcomes for investors.

Sustainable Investments in numbers

  • Global team located across four continents; fluent in 10+ languages
  • Direct investment experience, supported by rigorous due diligence and social and environmental monitoring/metrics
  • Integration of ESG/SI research and investments
  • Diversity of product offering across private debt/equity investments and corporate sustainability solutions
  • Solutions target global issues encapsulated in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Long-term leader on key ESG/SI initiatives – among the lead signatories of the UN Principles for Responsible Investing (UNPRI) in 2008, Investor’s Council Member of the Global Impact Investors Network (GIIN)
  • Leader and active participant in numerous other key industry associations and networks, including;

There is a wide spectrum of capital and investment categories for ESG and sustainable/impact investing. Strategies range from largely return-focused ESG risk management to pure philanthropy.

DWS offers the full spectrum, including sustainable investments and social impact investment products, spanning private as well as public funds.

  • Our in-house proprietary investment capability and several decades of experience is a key differentiator among our competition


ESG Spectrum of investment categories

DWS is a leading ESG provider of public and private products across the full spectrum of ESG ---> Impact Investing and for Institutional and Retail Investors

Three investment opportunities aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development goals:

Current global issue and impact strategies


Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Building smart cities for the future. China is considered the largest emitter of greenhouse gases globally, negatively affecting the population's productivity and well-being. As a result. a large market to remediate and address these issues has emerged, creating opportunity for investments in technologies enabling clean energy and remediation of water and soil.  
Closing the financial inclusion gap. At the household level, the WorldBank (2018) estimates a total 1.7 billion working age adults have no access to financial services, while according to International Finance Corporation (IFC - 2017) 162 million micro, small and medium-sized businesses lack financing, primarily in emerging and developing economies, holding back their development. In particular, women-owned businesses struggle to find financing to grow. In our view, this unmet demand presents attractive investment opportunities.  
Expanding access to clean energy in Sub-Sahara Africa. According to the International Energy Agency Flagship Report November 2019, more than half a billion people in Africa live without electricity access. Connecting this population in a sustainable way by lending to companies that are providing decentralized clean energy solutions for households and businesses, in addition to collaborating with local banks to encourage the development of clean energy finance, presents a significant market opportunity.  

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Sustainable Investments team

The Sustainable Investments team spans four continents. Its footprint reflects the deployment of capital in over 60 countries. This is complemented by the global DWS presence – giving investors a global reach that is unmatched by our peers in the SI space.

Each of these leaders collaborates with an extensive team of experienced professionals located around the globe.

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Get in touch

Your Sustainable Investments specialists

For general contact information, please visit our Contact us page under Profile

Louise Moretto
Alternatives Coverage Specialist
Marc Khouzami
Portfolio Manager, Renewable Energy Strategies
Caroline Vance
NY Team Lead, Portfolio Manager, Financial Inclusion/Microfinance Solutions