Our News in 2018 Our News in 2018



Declaration of conformity to Sustainability Code (10 September 2018)

Commerzbank has again committed to comply with the German Sustainability Code (Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitskodex DNK). The twenty criteria and additional performance indicators in the DNK describe the essential requirements for corporate sustainability and enable the sustainability performances of participating companies to be compared. more

Green and Sustainable Finance Cluster Germany publishes Baseline-Report (24 August 2018)

The Green and Sustainable Finance Cluster Germany publishes its first inventory with a baseline report. In addition to an analysis of sustainable activities in Frankfurt and other European financial centers, the importance of sustainability issues in companies was also examined. The report is the first publication of the cluster created in the spring of 2018, whose goal is to mobilize the financial sector more for climate protection and sustainable investment. Commerzbank is actively involved. more


Commerzbank signs UN Women's Empowerment Principles (10 August 2018)

CEO Martin Zielke has signed the United Nations WFPs for Commerzbank. The Bank is thus sending out a signal to strengthen women in the company and has committed itself to promoting gender equality. The WEPs are the first global initiative to specifically address the empowerment of women in enterprises through seven principles. more


Panel discussion on the "Action Plan Inclusion" (2 July 2018)

On the occasion of the publication of the "Action Plan Inclusion", Commerzbank invited to a panel discussion in its representative office in Berlin. Kerstin Griese, State Secretary at the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, and Olaf Guttzeit, Board Member of UnternehmensForum e.V., discussed the importance of inclusion and the commitment of companies with Jenny Friese, Divisional Board Member in Commerzbank's Private Customers segment and Florian Boland, Chairman of Commerzbank's IDEAL employee network. Commerzbank was the first bank in Germany to establish guidelines in its "Action Plan Inclusion", which contain concrete goals, measures and projects for employees. These should benefit the more than 1,700 employees with disabilities or equivalent circumstances as well as customers. more

Commerzbank again awarded as enterprise with particular emphasis on family and life-phase conscious personnel policy (2 July 2018)

Commerzbank has again been awarded the "Career and Family" certificate. The Board of Trustees of berufundfamilie Service GmbH thus acknowledges the years-long commitment to a family and life-phase conscious personnel policy. The Bank has received the certificate, which the Hertie Foundation bestows together with berufundfamilie Service GmbH, for its nationwide childcare services, its flexible working time models, offers for relatives who provide long-term care, and activities which foster the inclusion of people with disabilities.more


Report on sustainable progress (28 June 2018)

Commerzbank presents the report on its sustainability performance for 2017 in accordance with the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI Report 2017). For the first time, we are following the new GRI standards. When selecting topics, the sector-specific information for financial service providers was also taken into account in the chapter on Sustainable Finance. Here we report on how Commerzbank can contribute to sustainable development in its core business. more


Nominated for the German Sustainability Award (27 June 2018)

Commerzbank has been nominated for the 11th Deutschen Nachhaltigkeitspreis (German Sustainability Award) for Companies. The award is presented by the foundation Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitspreis in cooperation with the Federal Government, municipal umbrella organizations, business associations, civil society organizations and research institutions. The German Sustainability Award identifies the most sustainable companies in Germany in three size categories. The announcement of the winners and the award ceremony will take place in December 2018. more


Annual General Meeting’s CO2-emissions compensated (21 June 2018)

The carbon dioxide emissions of the Commerzbank 2017 General Meeting in the amount of 217 tonnes were balanced by the purchase of certificates of climate protection projects (previous year: 247 tonnes). With its climate strategy Commerzbank has set an ambitious goal for the reduction of CO2 emissions. Unavoidable emissions are compensated for through the acquisition of high-quality CO2 certificates. more


Shortlist for ZukunftsGut, Germany's first award for institutional cultural mediation (7 June 2018)

The nominees have been selected. One of the following three institutions will be the winner of the award for institutional cultural mediation in Germany, endowed with 50,000 euros: Historisches Museum Frankfurt (Historical Museum Frankfurt), Staatsschauspiel Dresden (State Playhouse Dresden) or Theater Oberhausen (Oberhausen Theatre). ZukunftsGut is initiated by the Commerzbank Foundation. The award, first announced in the European Cultural Heritage Year 2018, is aimed at public, private and non-profit cultural institutions from all over Germany that focus their mediation work on at least one of the main topics of fine arts, music, literature, performing arts or cultural history. The final decision on the winner will be made in Frankfurt am Main on September 12, 2018.


German Action Days: Sustainability (6 June 2018)

The German Action Days: Sustainability - organised by the Council for Sustainable Development and European Sustainability Week – took place from 30 May to 5 June 2018. Commerzbank was participating in the Action Days this year with a film-screening in order to provide thought-provoking impulses with regard to topic of sustainability. The documentary film "A Plastic Ocean" invited those interested to learn more about the impact of global plastic consumption.


Commerzbank publishes action plan for inclusion (5 June 2018)

Commerzbank is the first bank in Germany to publish an "action plan for inclusion". Thus, Commerzbank undertakes to implement numerous measures and projects to improve the situation of employees with disabilities by 2023. The action plan is based on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities of 2009. It aims to break down mental barriers and create an organizational basis for the successful cooperation between disabled and non-disabled people.

Culture of Integrity Award (18 May 2018)

In spite of his initial resistance, two employees of our branch in Darmstadt persisted and prevented a corporate client from being the victim of a "CIO fraud". Thus, they impeded a damage of around one million euros for him. For this achievement, the sales assistant and the customer advisor have received the Commerzbank Culture of Integrity Award 2017 as praise and recognition for exemplary behavior in everyday life. The jury stated that this case was characterized by commitment, courage and consequent action against resistance. more

New framework on environmental and social risks (9 April 2018)

Commerzbank has defined a framework for handling environmental and social risks in its core business. It explains the bank's internal management of these risks and contains general exclusion criteria that specify which businesses Commerzbank generally does not untertake. It also sets out Cross-sectoral requirements for protection of human rights and the concerns of indigenous peoples. For topics that are particularly vulnerable to social and environmental risks, Commerzbank has formulated sector-specific requirements. more

Non-financial Report (26 March 2018)

The success of Commerzbank Group is shaped not just by financial factors, but also by a wide range of non-financial criteria. These were published today for the first time in a combined separate non-financial report within the Annual Report 2017. more


Lights off - Environmental awareness on (24 March 2018)

Once again Commerzbank took part in the worldwide Earth Hour. On 24 March the lights in several buildings in Frankfurt and Berlin were turned off for one hour. Far beyond these 60 minutes the initiative strives to motivate people for a more sustainable life. Commerzbank has long been active in climate protection. We have designed a climate strategy that alignes our existing activities with those we plan for the future. more


Christmas initiative (30 January 2018)

At Christmas 2017, Commerzbanker have fulfilled more than 200 children's wishes. Every Year employees organize similar Christmas projects at other Commerzbank locations nationwide. more