Watch Petra Pflaum, Roelfien Kuijpers, and Pieter Furnée explain why DWS believes in the implementation of ESG standards into the investment process and what role the SDGs (UN Sustainable Development Goals) play in this transformation.
Sustainability has long been a main pillar of DWS' investment process. In 2008, DWS signed the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). Since then we made significant and exciting developments to our products and introduced our own ESG analyzing tool - the ESG Engine.
The ESG Engine was developed in direct response to growing data and analytic expertise in the sphere of responsible investing. As a proprietary software system that combines the different perspectives and approaches of seven leading external data providers, it has become the centerpiece of our commitment to integrating ESG into our investment process and our Active and Passive portfolios.
Learn more about the ESG Engine dws.com/en-sg/solutions/esg/esg-engine/.
About Petra Pflaum
Chief Investment Officer for Responsible Investments and EMEA Co-Head of Equities, DWS Member of the management board of DWS Investment GmbH. In addition to her other roles Petra manages DWS’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) team, which is dedicated to integrating the firm’s ESG capabilities into its investment processes. She has been a strong advocate for ESG throughout her career. As EMEA Co- Head of Equities she has incorporated ESG aspects as extra-financial information for investment decisions. Before that, as Co-Head of Global Research and Global Head of Small & Mid Cap Equities, Petra was one of the first to include ESG information into equity research. She has been a driving force in the firm’s ESG training which has been a required element for portfolio managers and analysts since 2011.
About Roelfien Kuijpers
Roelfien is Global Head of Strategic Relationships – serving DWS’s most important clients – and a member of the DWS Executive Committee. She has previously held numerous senior roles at DWS and in Deutsche Bank’s former Global Equity division, and served on the Executive Committees of both. Roelfien is a member of the Board of Directors of the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation and chairs its Investment Committee, and is a strong supporter of women and diversity in the company. She is also a member of the Women's Leadership Board at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, a Trustee at SculptureCenter NY, and serves on the President’s Advisory Council at Oberlin College and the Parent’s Committee at Middlebury College.
About Pieter Furnée
Joined DWS in 2004 with 16 years of industry experience. During his tenure Pieter roles include responsibility for business development across various markets including the UK, Nordics and Benelux covering wholesale and institutional clients. Prior to joining, Pieter worked for a local Dutch Asset Manager, NNEK, as member of management team responsible for a multi manager product line. Previous he worked as a Business Manager, Commercial Portfolio Manager and as a Business Controller at Zurich Financial Services. Pieter began his career as a Management Trainee at Zurich Financial Services
DWS Group (DWS) is one of the world's leading asset managers with EUR 692bn of assets under management (as of 30 September 2018). Building on more than 60 years of experience and a reputation for excellence in Germany and across Europe, DWS has come to be recognized by clients globally as a trusted source for integrated investment solutions, stability and innovation across a full spectrum of investment disciplines.