A Sequential Sustainability Transformation Model for Financial Institutions

37 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2021 Last revised: 23 Aug 2021

See all articles by Ibrahim E. Sancak

Ibrahim E. Sancak

ZWIRN-Research Center/Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences

Date Written: March 29, 2021


This study configures a sustainability transformation model for financial institutions considering the EU and German sustainability perspectives. The study zooms in on sustainability transformation issues deploying Stouten, Rousseau, & Cremer’s Model of ten key evidence-based steps in managing planned organizational change as an anchor in developing a sequential sustainability transformation model (STM) and classifying transformation steps in terms of E, S, and G factors. In building step-by-step an avenue for financial institutions towards sustainability, it becomes clearer that the governance factor plays the most significant and dominant role among ESG factors. The model (STM) itself, organizational change steps, transformation steps, and the findings address key takeaways not only for financial institutions but also non-financial organizations planning a full-fledged sustainability transformation and striving for a quantum leap in their markets. This study also connects the relevant literature and industry practices on sustainability transformation and addresses future research topics in the same avenue.

Keywords: ESG, Environmental, Social and Governance Factors, Sustainability, Sustainability Transformation, Sustainability Transition, Financial Institutions, Sustainable Banking, Sustainable Business Model, Sustainable Finance, Planned Organizational Change, the EU, Germany

JEL Classification: G20, G30, O52, Q01, Q54, Q56, Q58

Suggested Citation

Sancak, Ibrahim E., A Sequential Sustainability Transformation Model for Financial Institutions (March 29, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3814894 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3814894

Ibrahim E. Sancak (Contact Author)

ZWIRN-Research Center/Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences ( email )


Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
PlumX Metrics