Our approach

Our ambition is to drive sustainable progress and positive impact in the societies we are part of. Our Societal Impact Strategy sets the course for our ambition and our related policies, position statements and commitments govern and guide our approach to conducting our business in a sustainable and responsible manner.







Our Societal Impact & Sustainability Strategy

  Our Societal Impact & Sustainability strategy consists of three strategic themes and four foundational factors setting the direction for driving sustainable progress and positive societal impact

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Related Policies 

Our related policies govern and guide our approach to and principles for conducting our business in a sustainable and responsible manner.
  • 05. nov 2018Societal Impact and Sustainability Policy
  • 30. nov 2017Diversity and Inclusion Policy
  • 09. nov 2018Sustainable Investment Policy
  • 07. nov 2018Stakeholder Policy
  • 26. apr 2017Tax Policy

Position Statements

Our Position Statements clarify our viewpoint on core sustainability themes and outline our expectations to companies we actively invest in and lend to within various sectors.

  • 24. sep 2018Danske Bank Position Statement Agriculture
  • 24. sep 2018Danske Bank Position Statement Arms and Defence
  • 27. sep 2018Danske Bank Position Statement Climate Change
  • 24. sep 2018Danske Bank Position Statement Forestry
  • 24. sep 2018Danske Bank Position Statement Fossil Fuels
  • 26. sep 2018Danske Bank Position Statement Human Rights
  • 24. sep 2018Danske Bank Position Statement Mining and Metals

Engaging with stakeholders

A close dialogue with our stakeholders is a key part of the way we conduct our business. We welcome dialogue with all stakeholders, whatever their views, and our approach is driven by our ambition to create value for all stakeholders, by our commitment to transparency and our core values of integrity and collaboration. 
Specifically with regards to political stakeholders, we do not make financial contributions, directly or indirectly, to political parties or candidates. 

Governance within Societal Impact & Sustainability

Our governance setup within Societal Impact and Sustainability enhances transparency and accountability and includes the Business Integrity Board, which was established by our Executive Board in 2014. The Business Integrity Board is chaired by our CEO and is made up of the members of the Executive Board and representatives from business areas and staff functions. The purpose of the Business Integrity Board is to set the direction for and develop our strategy and related policies and to oversee their implementation.

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Danske Bank fosters a strong compliance culture in order to ensure its integrity and to maintain the trust of our customers and society at large. We do this through the effective management of compliance risks, which entails compliance responsibilities for all employees. 

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Reporting & data

In our Corporate Responsibility Report, you can find information about our sustainability performance in 2017. In addition, you can find detailed and segmented data in our Fact Book as well as our Statement on Modern Slavery Act 2017 and Statement on Carbon Neutrality 2017. 
  • 02. feb 2018CR Report 2017
  • 02. feb 2018CR Fact Book 2017
  • 02. feb 2018Corporate Responsibility Reporting Principles 2017
  • 02. feb 2018Statement of Carbon Neutrality 2017
  • 02. feb 2018Statement on Modern Slavery Act 2017

Societal Impact

We want to play an active role and make a positive impact in society by driving sustainable progress and using our expertise to make a positive difference.
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Strategic Themes

We support the Sustainable Development Goals and have chosen to focus on three strategic themes to maximize the impact of our efforts.
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Sustainable Workplace

Fostering a sustainable workplace focuses on the physical, structural and cultural working environment that we provide for our employees.
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