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Financing to ensure the raw materials supply

The sustainable supply of raw materials is a prerequisite for domestic production and the strength of the German economy and, hence, a central task of the Federal Government. After all, Germany as a high-technology nation is dependent on imports for most of its industrial raw materials. This dependency ranges from energy sources to special metals that are essential for innovative industries. German industries need these raw materials to maintain prosperity and keep jobs in the country.

Securing the supply of raw materials is our mission as a subsidiary of the promotional bank KfW

As a wholly-owned subsidiary of the promotional bank KfW, it is our mission to support industries in securing their access to raw materials all over the world. Financings aimed at ensuring the supply of raw materials account for nearly ten per cent of our loan portfolio. Whether it is a natural gas pipeline from Russia, an iron ore project in Mauritania or exploration projects for the extraction of copper, oil or gold - projects aimed at securing raw materials for local industries have priority for us.

Environmental and social acceptability is a prerequisite for financing

And we proceed systematically - particularly in securing raw materials supplies. We ensure compliance with international environmental standards and thoroughly examine the projects we finance for their environmental impact and for their social sustainability. We do not finance projects that cause unacceptable environmental harm.

Optimising the use of raw materials and recycling are also central themes for us as a financing institution. For example, we support innovative production concepts that use recycled raw materials and sustainable technologies.

Find out more about our activities aimed at securing the supply of raw materials

Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

Jointly with our parent company KfW, which is a supporting member of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), we ensure financial transparency in deals relating to natural resource extraction.

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Resources and Recycling

We finance the development of oil and gas fields, pipelines, refineries, mining projects and paper mills.

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