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Memberships in associations and initiatives

The Bank is an active and dedicated member of various associations and initiatives. BayernLB takes an active role in handling sustainability issues in the regional, national and international initiatives listed below and considers membership as strategically important to the Bank. In some cases, this involves a range of voluntary commitments on the part of the Bank.

  • The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI): BayernLB is a signatory of the UNEP declaration by financial institutions on the environment and sustainable development from 1997 and as such has committed to collaborating actively to achieve common environmental goals. In the reporting period, BayernLB participated in particular in a joint working group of the VfU, along with representatives of UNEP FI, on the issue of biodiversity. It compiled information for the financial sector on the consequences of losing biological diversity and the deteriorating quality of the ecosystem, and drew up recommendations on how financial services providers can contribute to maintaining biological diversity.
  • German Association of Environmental Management and Sustainability in Financial Institutions (Verein für Umweltmanagement und Nachhaltigkeit in Finanzinstituten e.V. VfU): BayernLB regards the key benefits of membership in the VfU primarily as being the open discussion among sustainability and environmental managers of German financial services providers and as the opportunity for an informative dialogue with experts and non-government organisations even on controversial topics. A joint round table every year with the UNEP FI discusses the latest developments in the area of sustainable finance and sustainability management. Specific topics and solutions to problems are developed in working groups. BayernLB representatives were actively involved, especially in the Reputation Risks forum.
  • Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP): Since 2011, BayernLB has been a signatory of the CDP, a global non-profit organisation which works to reduce CO2 emissions and sustainable water consumption.
  • Finance Forum: Climate Change (Finanz-Forum: Klimawandel): This is a central research and dialogue platform for the effective implementation of climate policy as part of the German government’s high-tech strategy on climate protection. The Forum serves to develop and implement research initiatives and systematic collaboration with the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesforschungsministerium). BayernLB has chaired the “Finance Forum: Climate Change” since 2010.
  • Energy Purchasing and Energy Efficiency Working Group (Arbeitskreis Energie-Einkauf und Energie-Effizienz): BayernLB initiated this cross-sector working group a few years ago in order to discuss best practice in the energy sector with representatives of the energy sector, DAX companies, Mittelstand companies, banks and insurance companies. In the reporting period, topics like expanding and stabilising the network and further enhancing the legal framework with a focus on the German Electricity Feed Act (Energieeinspeisegesetz, EEG) were the focus of discussion.
  • Environmental Pact of Bavaria (Umweltpakt Bayern): BayernLB has been a member of the Environmental Pact of Bavaria since 1998, an agreement between the Bavarian Ministry for the Environment and around 5,500 Bavarian companies to continually improve corporate environmental protection. In 2011, BayernLB was honoured by the Bavarian State Ministry for the Environment and Health for its long-standing involvement in the Environmental Pact.
  • Environmental Cluster Bavaria (Umweltcluster Bayern): The Environmental Cluster serves to strengthen the network between companies and research in the environmental sector. It provides the Bank, e.g. as part of events, with the opportunity to deepen contacts to Mittelstand companies in the environmental technology industry at regional level and to present itself as a financial partner, especially in export finance.
  • German Sustainable Building Council (Deutsche Gesellschaft für nachhaltiges Bauen, DGNB): BayernLB was the first Landesbank to join the DGNB in 2011. The DGNB is a cooperation of experts from the construction and real estate sector to create more environmentally-friendly, economically efficient and user-friendly buildings and to develop a comprehensive DGNB certification system. The DGNB acts as an ideal platform for BayernLB for intensive discussion with proven experts. Valuation, financing and asset management of sustainable real estate are some of the core competencies of the Real Estate Division at BayernLB and its subsidiaries. In conjunction with its customers, it is working towards an ever more sustainable strategy of the construction and real estate sector. Energy-related modernisation of the real estate portfolio is the key to achieving the German Federal Government’s climate protection targets. Certified and accordingly managed buildings will have clear advantages in the future when competing for tenants, at the latest in subsequent lets. For the Bank, sustainability in this context means investing in securing competitiveness long-term by lowering facility management costs, increasing annual net income and prolonging residual useful life. BayernLB works closely with the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics (Fraunhofer-Institut für Bauphysik – IBP) in Stuttgart for technical expertise on energy efficiency in buildings. Two shining examples of this collaboration are BayernLB pilot projects in the future market of sustainable real estate: The energy-related modernisation of a large apartment complex in Brühl, built in 1974, and development of an energy-related modernisation concept for Bayerische Landesbank’s leisure facility on Osterwaldstrasse, Munich, dating back to 1970.
  • The German Network for Business Ethics (Deutsches Netzwerk Wirtschaftsethik, DMWE): BayernLB regards this network as a good opportunity to share in developing concepts which integrate ethics into business activities and actively seeks to implement them in future. The primary focus is on conducting an open dialogue with the goal of encouraging moral behaviour in the market economy and corporate actions. The network is not an advocate of any particular business-ethical interest, rather it seeks to promote the exchange of ideas and opinions between science and practice.
  • The Association of German Foundations (Bundesverband deutscher Stiftungen): BayernLB has been a member of the Association of German Foundations and a funding partner of the association for many years. For over ten years, it has supported charitable foundations from the public and private sectors and manages around EUR 1.8 billion of foundation assets. It offers founders support in designing and setting up foundations. One special feature is the cooperation with the S-Finanzgruppe. Any founder can establish contact to the German savings banks through the Bank and can take advantage of the range of services offered by the German Savings Bank Association, e.g. to enable the targeted promotion of regional goals and support charitable tasks in a municipality or region. In addition, BayernLB provides a network for fundraising and procuring donations for foundations. Furthermore, it has supported the “Stifterland Bayern” initiative of the Association of German Foundations as the main donor.
  • Oberland Shift to Tomorrow’s Energy Civil Foundation (Bürgerstiftung “Energiewende Oberland”): The Bank has been a member of the civil foundation since the beginning of 2010. The foundation promotes measures which contribute to supplying the areas around Bad Tölz- Wolfratshausen and Miesbach with energy entirely from regional, renewable sources by 2035. BayernFM supports the Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen district with a multi-stage implementation concept, which plans to achieve climate neutral operations at the municipal buildings. The three phases will see a reduction in energy consumption, the shift to renewable energy and the offsetting of unavoidable CO2 emissions by means of climate certificates.

In addition, BayernLB plays an active role in a range of initiatives related to the economy, banking and journalism. The most significant of these are listed below.

Activities in social groups, selected examples

General business:

  • The German Association for Personnel Management (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Personalführung e.V., DGFP)
  • The German Institute for Internal Audit (Deutsches Institut für interne Revision e.V., DIIR)
  • Energy Institute London
  • The German Association for Data Protection and Data Security (Gesellschaft für Datenschutz und Datensicherheit e.V., GDD)
  • Marketing Club Munich (Marketing-Club München e.V)
  • The Schmalenbach Society for Business Administration (Schmalenbach Gesellschaft für Betriebswirtschaft e.V., SG)
  • Association for the Promotion of German Science and Humanities (Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft)
  • The Association of German Pfandbrief Banks (Verband deutscher Pfandbriefbanken, VdP)
  • Society of Munich Housing Associations (Vereinigung Münchner Wohnungsunternehmen e.V.)

Banking and financial services:

  • ACI Deutschland – The Financial Markets Association
  • The German Leasing Companies Association (Bundesverband Deutscher Leasing Unternehmen e.V., BDL)
  • The Society of Investment Professionals in Germany (Deutsche Vereinigung für Finanzanalyse und Asset Management e.V., DVFA)
  • The Association of Chief Financial Officers Germany (Gesellschaft für Finanzwirtschaft in der Unternehmensführung e.V., GEFU)
  • German Association of Risk Management (Gesellschaft für Risikomanagement FIRM)

Public relations:

  • The Bavarian Journalists Association (Bayerischer Journalisten Verband e.V., BJV)
  • The German Association of Press Spokespeople (Bundesverband deutscher Pressesprecher e.V)
  • The International Press Club of Munich (Presse Club München e.V)

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