Corporate Social Responsibility in DLR
A natural part of our business
At DLR, we consider corporate social responsibility a natural part of our business. To us, corporate social responsibility means taking responsibility for the way in which we affect the world around us – in all aspects of developing and running our business.
We assume co-responsibility for the green transition
As a mortgage credit institution, we are aware of our role in the green transition, and we consider it part of our social responsibility, in collaboration with our loan-distributing banks, to promote the transition of the agricultural sector, trade and industry and society at large.
Green procurement policy
We are aware of the impact our organisation has on the climate and the environment, and we strive to gradually reduce our own environmental footprint. We do this by continually making small and large adjustments to business procedures, the selection of business partners, procurement, etc. We pursue a green procurement policy under which environmental considerations are assigned the same importance as other considerations.
Combating money laundering and terrorist financing
Money laundering, terrorist financing and other kinds of white-collar crime are extremely harmful to Danish society and the international community. In our view, preventing DLR from being misused for financial crime is therefore a crucial element of our responsibility.
We work continuously to strengthen the combating of white-collar crime so that our efforts reflect the risk associated with DLR’s business activities.
The way DLR operates a responsible business is described in our CSR policy. The policy also sets the course for specific, daily efforts which we report on in our annual CSR report among other places. These years, the CSR theme and especially the sustainable agenda are expanding quickly and the same applies to the data and metrics used for reporting. Thus, DLR’s CSR policy will be adjusted regularly over the coming years.
Committed to sustainable development
DLR supports Denmark’s 2030 climate goals, the reduction targets of the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which together lay out the steps towards sustainable development.
To that end, we participate in committees, working groups and fora working with sustainable funding and ESG factors in the financial sector.
DLR has become a signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Banking
The six principles of sustainable banking are consistent with DLR’s sustainable initiatives and define the framework for future efforts in the area. By becoming a signatory, we undertake to work even more systematically with corporate responsibility and sustainability, while incorporating the six Principles into the way we run our business at DLR.
As part of the commitment, DLR will report annually on the work and on progress in implementing the principles.
In February 2023, DLR published its first report.
DLR as SIFI
|MSCI||AA||In September 2021, DLR’s rating was upgraded from BBB to AA|
|S&P||E-2, S-2, G-2||E=environment, S=social issues og G=governance|
1=positive, 2=neutral, 3= moderately negative, 4=negative og 5=very
DLR’s contribution to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
DLR’s loans to farmers contribute to the production of healthy food with a low carbon footprint by global standards. Part of Denmark’s food production is exported to developing countries, and some Danish milk is used in the production of breastmilk substitutes which ensure healthy infant nutrition and help reduce hunger and malnutrition in developing countries
DLR offers green financing for renewable energy sources. This helps ensure access to sustainable energy and increase the percentage of energy consumption that is based on renewables. DLR also issues loans for properties with high levels of energy efficiency (grade A or B energy performance certificate).
DLR offers green loans for energy improvements and energy-efficient buildings, Almost 20% of the energy-labelled urban commercial properties financed by DLR have a grade A or B energy performance certificate.
DLR offers green loans for energy improvements, renewable energy sources and selected climate investments in pig housing. In this way, we are indirectly financing greenhouse gas reductions that will help achieve Denmark’s goals for the green transition.
DLR offers green financing for more sustainable farming and organic agriculture, thus helping support sustainable use of ecosystems. DLR also offers green loans for certified forestry, thus contributing to sustainable forest management and preventing loss of biodiversity.
A helping hand to younger farmers
DLR wants to give young farmers a helping hand by strengthening the opportunities for implementation of generational and ownership changes in the field of agriculture. We thus have a special establishement scheme, where we offer financing for establishment on more cost-effective terms.
Social and professional responsibility
DLR supports the sustainable development of Danish agriculture and the future of life in the countryside.