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Social, Environmental, Ethical and Trust (SEET) Issues in Banking: An Overview

RESEARCH HANDBOOK FOR BANKING AND GOVERNANCE, J.R. Barth, C. Lin and C. Wihlborg, eds., Edward Elgar Publishing, Forthcoming

39 Pages Posted: 3 Oct 2010 Last revised: 7 Nov 2010

Andreas G. F. Hoepner

Smurfit Graduate Business School, University College Dublin; Stockholm School of Economics - Mistra Financial Systems (MFS)

John O. S. Wilson

University of St. Andrews

Date Written: October 2, 2010

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Banking, Climate Change, Crisis, Environmental Performance, Ethics, Financial Performance, Trust, Social Performance, Risk

JEL Classification: G01, G21, G22, M14, Q50

Suggested Citation

Hoepner, Andreas G. F. and Wilson, John O. S., Social, Environmental, Ethical and Trust (SEET) Issues in Banking: An Overview (October 2, 2010). RESEARCH HANDBOOK FOR BANKING AND GOVERNANCE, J.R. Barth, C. Lin and C. Wihlborg, eds., Edward Elgar Publishing, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1686240

Andreas G. F. Hoepner

Smurfit Graduate Business School, University College Dublin ( email )

Blackrock, Co. Dublin
Ireland

Stockholm School of Economics - Mistra Financial Systems (MFS) ( email )

MISUM
Box 6501, SE-113 83 Stockholm
Sweden

John O. S. Wilson (Contact Author)

University of St. Andrews ( email )

North St
Saint Andrews, Fife KY16 9AJ
United Kingdom

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