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2018 GRI Disclosures of DZ BANK AG

DZ BANK AG’s report on its sustainability activities in 2018 under the standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI, 2016 version) is prepared using the ‘in accordance with Core’ option. For the Materiality Disclosures Service, GRI Services reviewed that the GRI content index is clearly presented and the references for Disclosures 102-40 to 102-49 align with appropriate sections in the body of the report. The review was carried out for the German version of the report.

GRI content index

102-45, 102-48, 102-49

This Sustainability Report covers the essential developments in, and progress made by, DZ BANK AG in the area of sustainability for the reporting year 2018. It builds on the GRI disclosures for 2017 and is intended for all our stakeholders. Since 2008, DZ BANK AG has been using its Sustainability Reports to provide regular updates on the progress it is making in terms of financial performance, the environment, and corporate citizenship. The key performance indicators we have used are based on the period January 1 to December 31, 2018 but for especially significant events the period has been extended up to the publishing deadline of April 30, 2019. Qualitative and quantitative data has been collected locally at departmental level and analyzed by the Communication, Marketing, CR division. DZ BANK AG and its activities are the exclusive subjects of this report. Where any content refers to groupwide activities, this is made clear in the text. The DZ BANK AG 2018 management report contains a list of DZ BANK's shareholdings and principal shareholdings (subsidiaries and joint ventures) (p. 185 et seq.). Employee data in the report relates to all DZ BANK AG locations. In this report, environmental data is reported more transparently in accordance with scopes 1 and 2, but also on the basis of the indicators of the Verein für Umweltmanagement und Nachhaltigkeit in Finanzinstituten (VfU) [German Association for Environmental Management and Sustainability in Financial Institutions]. We report on our coverage of the environmental KPIs accordingly. This report was prepared in accordance with the GRI Standards: Core option. We used a materiality analysis to identify the material topics. This was based on a 2015 stakeholder survey on our sustainability activities, the first such survey to be conducted at group level. It builds on DZ BANK’s 2012 survey, in which external and internal stakeholders were surveyed for the first time. There were no restatements of information in the reporting year. The 2018 report is published online. There was also no change in reporting in comparison with previous reports. In the interests of readability, we have not written out the bank’s full legal name. The next Sustainability Report is scheduled to appear in 2020.

GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016

GRI 200: Economic standards

GRI 300: Environmental standards

GRI 400: Social standards

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