KfW is one of the world’s leading promotional banks. With its decades of experience, KfW is committed to improving economic, social and ecological living conditions all around the world on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany and the federal states. The focal points of its work include: promotion of small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) and start-ups, provision of equity capital, programmes for energy-efficient refurbishment of residential buildings, support of measures to protect the environment, educational finance for retail customers, funding programmes for municipalities and regional development banks, export and project finance and promotion of developing countries and emerging economies.