1. Strategic Analysis and Action

The company declares whether or not it pursues a sustainability strategy. It explains what concrete measures it is undertaking to operate in compliance with key recognised sector-specific, national and international standards.

As Germany’s development agency for agriculture and rural areas, Rentenbank bears a special responsibility for its sustainable development.

In fact, the term 'sustainability', in the sense of the continuous use of ecological resources, was coined within German forestry in the 18th century and has been part of Rentenbank’s DNA ever since.

Significant aspects of ecological sustainability were explicitly enshrined in the Governing Law of Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank (LR-Gesetz) in 2005. Accordingly, they can be found in our promotional offering. This includes environmental protection within agribusiness, the promotion of renewable energy and regenerative agricultural raw materials, the expansion of organic farming, animal welfare within agriculture, the improvement of infrastructure in rural areas, and consumer protection within agribusiness (LR-Gesetz Section 3, 3-5). As a federal public law institution with a statutory promotional mandate, Rentenbank is dedicated to the common good. Distributable profit is solely used for promotional purposes, too. 

Rentenbank has been working on an integrated sustainability strategy based on Agenda 2030 (the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals) since 2020.

Areas of activity
Rentenbank’s business and sustainability strategies are closely linked. While ESG (environment, social and governance) criteria are being integrated into its core business, Rentenbank is focused on the following areas of activity:
  1. Sustainable corporate governance: Sustainability strategy and management, communications and stakeholder engagement, corporate governance and corporate citizenship
  2. Sustainable banking: ESG integration in funding, capital market and risk management
  3. Sustainable HR management: Creating an attractive working environment, HR management, increasing and developing staff
  4. Sustainable banking operations: Operational ecology, sustainable procurement
Key standards and objectives
Rentenbank bases its sustainability strategy on a raft of sustainability-oriented standards and objectives.