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Our commitments

With its worldwide operations, Deutsche Börse Group is aware of the fact that it bears responsibility on a global level. It is therefore committed to a number of initiatives around the world to promote conditions that allow a life in dignity while preserving natural resources. In doing so, we expect compliance with high standards – from our own management and employees as well as our suppliers.

Consistent with these ideals, we are a member of the United Nations Global Compact. The voluntary UN initiative is based on CEO commitments and pursues the goal of realising a more sustainable and equitable global economy. It focuses on ten principles regarding human rights, labour standards, environmental protection and anti-corruption. Since 2009, we have published an annual progress report on the implementation of the Compact. We have also declared our commitment to the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 by publishing a statement on its adherence to the legislation.

Furthermore, Deutsche Börse Group is committed to implementing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

UK Modern Slavery Act

As an organiser of capital markets, Deutsche Börse Group’s key objective is to provide safe, stable and fair markets. Moreover, the Group is committed to a high degree of transparency towards its stakeholders – along every step of the value creation chain. The Group therefore endorses the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 by publishing a statement under section 54 of this legislation to outline the steps taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking in its own operations and supply chains.

UN Global Compact

In August 2009, Deutsche Börse Group joined the UN Global Compact, a voluntary business initiative of the United Nations. Its goal is to realise a more sustainable and more equitable global economy. Central to the compact are ten principles in the areas of human rights, labour standards, environmental protection and anti-corruption.

Responsible corporate governance is of key importance for Deutsche Börse Group. The company has upheld the Global Compact principles for many years – public records are available starting from when we officially joined the initiative. You can learn more about how we are implementing the UN Global Compact principles from our communication on progress, which is integrated in our GRI index as well as from our current corporate report.

Statement of the Executive Board

Dear Sir or Madam,

Politicians, regulators and market participants worldwide have created initiatives with the aim of improving the safety, integrity and transparency of the capital markets. These efforts centre on the aspiration to apply the high standards of the regulated markets to the largely unregulated, off-exchange sections of the capital markets.

We support this development and intend to provide investors with on-exchange solutions for an even broader spectrum of asset classes – not just for trading, but also for the clearing, settlement and risk management as well as for the custody of securities.

In this way, we contribute to the stability of the global capital markets – and this is at the heart of our corporate responsibility as an exchange organisation.

Already in 2004, we adopted a statement in cooperation with a number of international exchanges on the particular role and responsibility of exchange organisations regarding the principles of the UN Global Compact.

The Executive Board

Deutsche Börse AG