Sustainable Finance and Banking : The Financial Sector and the Future of the Planet

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 318 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9781853837661
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基本説明

Foreword by J. Smits, Chairman of Rabobank in the Netherland.

Full Description


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.

Table of Contents

        List of boxes, figures and tables          vi
Foreword ix
Jan Pronk
Foreword xi
Hans Smits
Acknowledgements xiii
List of acronyms and abbreviations xv
Introduction 1 (10)
Trends 1 (2)
Paradigm shift 3 (1)
General structure of the book 3 (2)
Structure by chapter 5 (6)
Part I Sustainability: A General Introduction
Environmental Consciousness and Sustainable 11 (26)
Development
Introduction 11 (1)
Environmental issues 12 (4)
Environmental consciousness 16 (5)
Sustainable development 21 (6)
Environmental policy 27 (7)
Conclusion 34 (3)
Sustainability: The Challenges for Companies 37 (15)
Introduction 37 (1)
Corporate governance and sustainable 38 (3)
development
Sustainable business 41 (4)
Accountability and reporting 45 (3)
Conclusion 48 (4)
Sustainability; A Special Role for Banks 52 (31)
Introduction 52 (1)
Banks and their function in an economy 53 (8)
The drive behind sustainability at banks 61 (6)
Intermediation and sustainability 67 (4)
Sustainable banking 71 (3)
Conclusion 74 (9)
Part II Banking and Sustainability
Sustainability, Markets and Banking Products 83 (35)
Introduction 83 (1)
Sustainable investment funds 84 (8)
Fiscal green funds 92 (5)
New, more sustainable financial products: 97 (5)
Committed resources
New, more sustainable financial products: 102 (7)
Investments
Sustainability and advice from banks 109 (2)
The financial sector and the Kyoto Protocol 111 (5)
Conclusion 116 (2)
Sustainability and Financing Risks 118 (30)
Introduction 118 (2)
Environmental risks for clients 120 (9)
Indirect environmental risks for banks 129 (6)
Direct environmental risks for banks 135
Risks to banks' reputations 39 (104)
Instruments for analysing environmental risk 143 (3)
Conclusion 146 (2)
Internal Environmental Care 148 (12)
Introduction 148 (1)
Energy 149 (4)
Waste 153 (1)
Sustainable building 154 (1)
Supply and distribution chain management 155 (1)
Conclusion 156 (4)
Organization and Communication about 160 (25)
Sustainability
Introduction 160 (1)
The organization of sustainability within 161 (8)
banks
The role of internal communication 169 (3)
The role of external communication 172 (6)
External accountability and the risks of 178 (3)
external communication
Conclusion 181 (4)
Part III In Reflection
Sustainable Banking in Perspective: The Cases 185 (19)
of 34 International Banks
Introduction 185 (3)
Codes of conduct, environmental reporting 188 (2)
and environmental management systems (EMSs)
Environmental care in practice: Reported 190 (2)
policy, objectives and data
Environmental care in practice: Products 192 (5)
and risk management
Socioeconomic activities and sponsoring 197 (2)
Integral score of sustainable banking 199 (1)
Conclusion 200 (4)
Sustainable Development: A Paradigm Shift 204 (16)
Introduction 204 (2)
Are incremental steps sufficient? 206 (1)
The existing economic system 207 (4)
Are there shortcomings associated with the 211 (2)
current economic paradigm?
Sustainable development as a paradigm shift 213 (3)
Sustainable development: Another way of 216 (4)
seeing
Towards sustainable banking 220 (43)
Introduction 220 (1)
The trends: A summary 221 (2)
A link to the future 223 (3)
The role of banks in a sustainable future 226 (2)
Conclusion 228 (3)
Appendices
I Environmental Performances of Developed 231 (2)
Countries
II Sectoral Changes in the Pursuit of 233 (2)
Sustainability: A Dutch Scenario
III IFC Project Classification for 235 (2)
Environmental Assessments
IV Example of an Environmental Risk 237 (2)
Checklist
V The ICC Business Charter for Sustainable 239 (3)
Development: Principles for Environmental
Management
VI UNEP Statement by Financial Institutions 242 (2)
on the Environment and Sustainable
Development
VII List of Signatories to the UNEP 244 (7)
Statement by Financial Institutions on the
Environment and Sustainable Development
VIII Overview of Characteristics of 251 (4)
Selected Banks
IX An Integral Score for Sustainable Banking 255 (3)
X Ecological Economics 258 (1)
XI Zero Growth and Other Solutions? 259 (2)
XII The Prisoner's Dilemma 261 (2)
Glossary 263 (4)
Notes 267 (28)
References 295 (15)
Index 310