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Banking and finance play a fundamental role in public policy and economic performance as well as in all forms of commerce and industry. They are crucial in determining whether society - from governments to individual consumers - succeeds in following an environmentally sustainable path.

However, those working in the financial sector are largely unaware of the rationale and pressures for sustainable development and its bearing on their work, ...
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Sustainable Finance and Banking: The Financial Sector and the Future of the Planet

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Overview

Banking and finance play a fundamental role in public policy and economic performance as well as in all forms of commerce and industry. They are crucial in determining whether society - from governments to individual consumers - succeeds in following an environmentally sustainable path.

However, those working in the financial sector are largely unaware of the rationale and pressures for sustainable development and its bearing on their work, while those in the relevant research and policy areas commonly overlook how vital the financial sector is for progress.

Marcel Jeucken sets out to rectify this state of affairs, in a style which is accessible to those with no experience of environmental finance issues. He provides a comprehensive account of their interdependence: why the financial sector is crucial to achieving sustainability and why the triple bottom line of commercial, environmental and social success points the way forward for banking. From a systematic assessment of major banks around the world, he presents a comprehensive account of current best practice, an analysis of the differences in approach and performance, and recommendations of actions and policies for improved performance that will contribute to sustainable development.
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Marcel Jeucken has been heralded as the first to provide a comprehensive and accessible book on the subject of sustainable finance and banking. One does not have to look far to find glowing commentaries that welcome the book as a much needed introduction to the subject...accessible yet intellectually challenging book...to read this book is a must for anyone working in this area of environmental banking whether a practitioner or academic. My recommendation would be look out for his doctoral thesis if this book is anything to go by the thesis should provide a very interesting read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136533334
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/23/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Marcel Jeuken is a senior economist at Rabobank Group in The Netherlands, where his research into the banking sector focuses on general banking trends and on sustainable banking in particular. This includes developing activities and financial products related to climate change. As a part-time guest-researcher at the Erasmus University, he is working towards a PhD in sustainability and banking. He has written numerous papers and is author and (co) editor of several books.

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Table of Contents

List of boxes, figures and tables
Foreword
Foreword
Acknowledgements
List of acronyms and abbreviations
1 Introduction 1
Pt. I Sustainability: A General Introduction
2 Environmental Consciousness and Sustainable Development 11
3 Sustainability: The Challenges for Companies 37
4 Sustainability: A Special Role for Banks 52
Pt. II Banking and Sustainability
5 Sustainability, Markets and Banking Products 83
6 Sustainability and Financing Risks 118
7 Internal Environmental Care 148
8 Organization and Communication about Sustainability 160
Pt. III In Reflection
9 Sustainable Banking in Perspective: The Cases of 34 International Banks 185
10 Sustainable Development: A Paradigm Shift 204
11 Towards sustainable banking 220
App. I Environmental Performances of Developed Countries 231
App. II Sectoral Changes in the Pursuit of Sustainability: A Dutch Scenario 233
App. III IFC Project Classification for Environmental Assessments 235
App. IV Example of an Environmental Risk Checklist 237
App. V The ICC Business Charter for Sustainable Development: Principles for Environmental Management 239
App. VI UNEP Statement by Financial Institutions on the Environment and Sustainable Development 242
App. VII List of Signatories to the UNEP Statement by Financial Institutions on the Environment and Sustainable Development 244
App. VIII Overview of Characteristics of Selected Banks 251
App. IX An Integral Score for Sustainable Banking 255
App. X Ecological Economics 258
App. XI Zero Growth and Other Solutions? 259
App. XII The Prisoner's Dilemma 261
Glossary 263
Notes 267
References 295
Index 310
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