Sustainability at DBS

Creating long-term value in a balanced and responsible manner

Sustainability at DBS

Creating long-term value in a balanced and responsible manner

Our Approach

As a purpose-driven bank, DBS has a role to play in addressing sustainability issues. Our approach to sustainability is guided by a sense of purpose to create value for the long term, by managing our business in a balanced and responsible way. We do this through our three sustainability pillars.


Responsible banking

We deliver products and services that promote sustainable development and conduct our business in a fair and responsible manner.  


Responsible Business Practices

We do the right thing by our most important resource, our people. We take into account environment and societal considerations in our day-to-day business operations.


Creating Social Impact

We seek to be a force for good by supporting social enterprises, businesses with a double bottom line, and giving back to the communities in which we operate. 

Since 2018, DBS has been publishing annually a standalone and externally assured sustainability report. It is prepared in compliance with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards and with reference to the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB).

Click here to read our latest sustainability report

In 2021, DBS sponsored the flagship Climate-aligned Bonds & Issuers Research Report. The report sheds light on capital flows financing green assets that may not be as visible and transparent as labelled bonds, and identifies opportunities to scale-up the labelled green bond market.

Click here to read more about Climate-aligned Bonds 

Responsible financing

Our financing plays a critical role in directing capital flows and unlocking opportunities that support sustainable development. We stand by our clients who are motivated to make a positive impact, for example, in the areas of renewable energy, green buildings, sustainable food and agricultural systems and using alternatives for scarce materials. 

As stakeholders and society raise their expectations for businesses to deliver sustainable solutions for our planet, we see opportunities to offer banking solutions that can help meet those expectations. We seek to address the environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) challenges by providing credit and facilitating trade and investment flows responsibly. 

Our approach to responsible financing provides a point of reference, outlining our sustainability commitments and the expectations we have of our clients, forming the basis of our corporate business relationships.

Our Approach to Responsible Financing
Our Approach to Phase Out Thermal Coal Financing
Our Approach to the Palm Oil Sector

Sustainable financing

We endeavour to help our clients in industries such as agricultural, energy, real estate and automotive transition to a low-carbon economy, leveraging on green financing solutions for a meaningful sustainable impact.

  • Sustainability-linked Transactions

    Transactions with financial structure linked to sustainability performance

  • Green Loans

    Loans aimed at advancing environmental sustainability

  • Sustainable Bonds

    Bonds designed to create positive outcomes through financing or re-financing in green projects

  • Renewable Energy Financing

    Financing renewable energy projects across our key markets

  • Digital Solutions for Sustainability

    Leveraging digital technologies that help drive environmental and social impact

Latest highlights

Sustainability-linked Loans
DBS can promote sustainable development through such loans by pegging the interest rate of a credit facility to a series of environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance metrics. If pre-determined targets are achieved, the interest of the loan will be reduced. DBS has collaborated on such loans with organisations such as:

Minmetals Land

DBS is the sustainability co-advisor for Minmetals Land in the issuance of US$300 million due 2026 sustainable bonds, for refinancing of existing indebtedness for green eligible categories

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DBS signed a 3-year USD100 million sustainability-linked revolving loan facility with Budweiser, the Asia-Pacific arm of the world’s largest brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev, in July 2021. It marks another milestone in our ongoing efforts in driving sustainable development in the food and beverage industry.

Prosperity REIT

Prosperity REIT has secured its maiden five-year HK$800 million sustainability-linked term loan with DBS for refinancing and general corporate funding purposes

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Xinyi Glass

Xinyi Glass has secured a three-year HK$1 billion long-term green loan from DBS for investing in green production and products

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Champion REIT 

Champion REIT secures first Sustainability-linked loan with DBS Hong Kong as the sole sustainability advisor for the deal

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HongKong Land

Hongkong Land invests in sustainability, as the Group Signs HKD 6.85 billion sustainability-linked loans with DBS

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Hongkong Land secures its first sustainability-linked loan of HK 1 billion from DBS

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Sunlight Real Estate Investment Trust
Sunlight Real Estate Investment Trust has secured a HK 500 million sustainability-linked loan from DBS and Henderson Sunlight Asset Management Limited

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Hang Lung Properties
Hang Lung Properties secures its first new sustainability-linked loan of HK$1 billion from DBS Hong Kong

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Fortune REIT
Fortune REIT secures its first sustainability-linked loan of HK $1 billion from DBS

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Swire Pacific
Swire Pacific secures first sustainability-linked loan of HK 2 billion from DBS

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DBS finances Link’s maiden sustainability-linked loan of AUD 212 million, which is linked to the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB)

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New World Development
DBS Hong Kong finances New World Development’s first sustainability-linked loan of HKD 1 billion in equal tranches of HKD 500 million each for a term loan and a revolving loan

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Sustainability-linked Derivatives

New World Development
New World Development joins forces with DBS Hong Kong to pioneer Hong Kong's first interest rate swap linked to the UN SDGs

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Get in touch


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