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Annual reportIntegrated reporting: combining annual report and sustainability report

Annual report 2021
Deutsche Börse Group’s annual report 2021 informs stakeholders about the course of the financial year 2021 and summarises the way the company identifies and implements key areas for action with regard to its own sustainability profile. It follows the requirements of Handelsgesetzbuch (HGB, German Commercial Code) and Deutscher Rechnungslegungs Standard Nr. 20 (DRS 20, German Accounting Standard No. 20).

For the 2021 reporting year, we have integrated our combined management report and our combined non-financial statement in one report for the first time. This enables our most important stakeholders such as clients, employees and shareholders to gain a holistic view of our corporate performance. This includes social and ecological topics as well as economic ones.

While preparing the report, we followed the recommendations of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) for portraying our value creation process (see chart “Value creation process”). Currently, a highly dynamic environment for company reporting exists due to regulatory developments in the field of non-financial reporting and due to a closer cooperation and coordination between the key standard-setters, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Sustainability Accounting Standard Board (SASB), Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and IIRC. We will therefore continue to develop our reporting over the next few years.

Sustainability reporting according to the Global Reporting Initiative

This year, Deutsche Börse Group has again reported its sustainability key indicators in accordance with the standards (“Core” option) of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

Assurance by PwC

As an independent external auditor, PwC verified the non-financial statement with reasonable assurance and verified further information in accordance with GRI with limited assurance. This ensures comparability and a reliable quality standard for sustainable reporting.

The combined corporate reports and corporate responsibility reports from previous years are available below.