Social, Environmental, Ethical and Trust (SEET) Issues in Banking: An Overview
Andreas G. F. Hoepner
University of Reading - ICMA Centre; United Nations - Principles for Responsible Investment
John O. S. Wilson
University of St. Andrews
October 2, 2010
RESEARCH HANDBOOK FOR BANKING AND GOVERNANCE, J.R. Barth, C. Lin and C. Wihlborg, eds., Edward Elgar Publishing, Forthcoming
Interest in Social, Environmental, Ethical and Trust (SEET) in banking has experienced a rapid growth over the last decade. This paper provides the first overview of SEET issues in banking. The overview introduces international initiatives such as: the United Nations Environmental Programme Finance Initiative; the Equator Principles; and the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment, which highlighted the importance of SEET issues to the financial services industry. Finally, we provide a structured review of the small, but important literature on SEET issues in banking. Our overview is timely given the increasing importance of trust and environmental phenomena to the financial services industry. Consequently, the material presented in this overview is of relevance to academics, policy makers and practitioners alike.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 39
Keywords: Banking, Climate Change, Crisis, Environmental Performance, Ethics, Financial Performance, Trust, Social Performance, Risk
JEL Classification: G01, G21, G22, M14, Q50
Date posted: October 3, 2010 ; Last revised: November 7, 2010
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