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DWS Group

PRI reporting framework 2020

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Basic information

OO 01. Signatory category and services

01.1. Select the services and funds you offer

Select the services and funds you offer
% of asset under management (AUM) in ranges
Fund management
Fund of funds, manager of managers, sub-advised products
Total 100%

Further options (may be selected in addition to the above)

01.2. Additional information. [Optional]

We are a leading asset manager with € 767 billion in assets under management as at December 31, 2019. We are headquartered Frankfurt am Main / Germany but our approximately 3,360 full-time equivalents (FTEs) operate globally, providing a range of traditional and alternative investment capabilities to clients worldwide. We have a fully integrated global investment group, supported by our Chief Investment Office which supplies the overarching framework that guides our investment decisions. Our offerings span all major asset classes including equity, fixed income, cash and multi asset as well as alternative investments. Our alternative investments include real estate, infrastructure, secondary private equity solutions, liquid real assets and sustainable investments. We also offer a range of passive investments. In addition, our solution strategies are targeted to client needs that cannot be addressed by traditional asset classes alone. Such services include insurance and pension solutions, asset-liability management, portfolio management solutions, asset allocation advisory, structuring and overlay. Our product offerings are distributed across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), the Americas and Asia-Pacific (APAC) through our single global distribution network comprising of approximately 870 investment professionals and 700 sales professionals across 15 countries.

As a regulated asset manager we act as a fiduciary for our clients and we are conscious of our societal impact. Responsible investing has been a key part of our heritage for more than 20 years, because it serves the best interests of those who entrust us to manage their assets.

OO 02. Headquarters and operational countries

02.1. Select the location of your organisation’s headquarters.


02.2. Indicate the number of countries in which you have offices (including your headquarters).

02.3. Indicate the approximate number of staff in your organisation in full-time equivalents (FTE).

3360 FTE

02.4. Additional information. [Optional]

DWS Group is a global asset manager covering a diverse offering that spans traditional asset classes (i.e. active and passive strategies) as well as alternatives strategies and bespoke solutions with a global footprint and – through our branch network, our subsidiaries, our majority shareholder Deutsche Bank Group’s distribution network and distribution partners - a scalable presence in key asset and wealth management markets. 

DWS as an organisation aims to follow and adhere to the PRI within all its investment divisions to the best possible extent.


OO 03. Subsidiaries that are separate PRI signatories

03.1. Indicate whether you have subsidiaries within your organisation that are also PRI signatories in their own right.

03.3. Additional information. [Optional]

OO 04. Reporting year and AUM

04.1. Indicate the year end date for your reporting year.


04.2. Indicate your total AUM at the end of your reporting year.

Include the AUM of subsidiaries, but exclude advisory/execution only assets, and exclude the assets of your PRI signatory subsidiaries that you have chosen not to report on in OO 03.2
Total AUM
trillions billions millions thousands hundreds
Assets in USD
trillions billions millions thousands hundreds

04.4. Indicate the assets which are subject to an execution and/or advisory approach. Provide this figure based on the end of your reporting year

Total AUM
trillions billions millions thousands hundreds
Assets in USD
trillions billions millions thousands hundreds

04.5. Additional information. [Optional]

Assets under Management (AuM) is defined as (a) assets held on behalf of customers for investment purposes and/or (b) client assets that are managed by us on a discretionary or advisory basis. AuM represents both collective investments (mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, etc.) and separate client mandates. AuM is measured at current market value based on the local regulatory rules for asset managers at each reporting date, which might differ from the fair value rules applicable under IFRS.

OO 06. How would you like to disclose your asset class mix

06.1. Select how you would like to disclose your asset class mix.

Internally managed (%)
Externally managed (%)


Listed equity 10-50% 25 0 0
Fixed income 10-50% 40 0 0
Private equity <10% 1 0 0
Property <10% 9 0 0
Infrastructure <10% 3 0 0
Commodities <10% 2 0 0
Hedge funds 0 0 0 0
Fund of hedge funds 0 0 0 0
Forestry 0 0 0 0
Farmland 0 0 0 0
Inclusive finance 0 0 0 0
Cash <10% 8 0 0
Money market instruments <10% 4 0 0
Other (1), specify <10% 8 0 0
Other (2), specify 0 0 0 0

`Other (1)` specified

          DWS has a broad range of multi asset / mixed assets solutions within mutual funds as well as institutional mandates.

06.2. Publish asset class mix as per attached image [Optional].

06.3. Indicate whether your organisation has any off-balance sheet assets [Optional].

06.5. Indicate whether your organisation uses fiduciary managers.

06.6. Provide contextual information on your AUM asset class split. [Optional]

Our product offerings are distributed across EMEA, the Americas and Asia/Pacific through our single global distribution network. We also leverage third-party distribution channels including our largest shareholder Deutsche Bank Group. We serve a diverse client base of retail and institutional investors worldwide with a strong presence in our home market in Germany. These clients include large institutions to governments, corporations and foundations as well as millions of individual investors. For further information on our business model please refer to the summarized management report in our 2019 annual report.

OO 07. Fixed income AUM breakdown (Private)

OO 08. Segregated mandates or pooled funds (Not Applicable)

OO 09. Breakdown of AUM by market

09.1. Indicate the breakdown of your organisation’s AUM by market.

70 Developed Markets
25 Emerging Markets
5 Frontier Markets
0 Other Markets
Total 100% 100%

09.2. Additional information. [Optional]

DWS's AuM base is diversified by geography without any significant concentrations