Social Responsibility and Bank Resiliency

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Thomas Gehrig

University of Vienna

Maria Chiara Iannino

University of St Andrews

Stephan Unger

Saint Anselm College

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Date Written: April 20, 2021


We provide transatlantic evidence about the relation between social responsibility and resiliency in the banking industry. We analyse various measures of resiliency, an exposure measure (SRISK) and a contribution measure (Delta CoVaR) to systemic risk, as well as measures of systematic risk (beta) and insolvency risk (z-score). Social responsibility is measured by Thomson Reuters’ ESG-scores and its pillars, both according to the older Asset 4 and the present TR ESG Refinitiv classification. We find that the social aggregate score significantly enhances resiliency in all dimensions and in both classifications. On the level of subcategories, we identify significant common resiliency enhancing factor proxies for long-term orientation, such as product responsibility and workforce training, while short-term objectives proxied by shareholder orientation tend to relate to lower levels of resiliency. Looking deeper into the components of each ESG pillar, we also discover significant transatlantic differences mainly related to the different organization of labour markets as well as the board structure

Keywords: ESG-scores, systemic risk, bank resiliency, financial stability, capital shortfall, sustainable banking

JEL Classification: G12, G21, G24, M14

Suggested Citation

Gehrig, Thomas and Iannino, Maria Chiara and Unger, Stephan, Social Responsibility and Bank Resiliency (April 20, 2021). European Corporate Governance Institute – Finance Working Paper No. 755/2021, Available at SSRN: or

Thomas Gehrig (Contact Author)

University of Vienna ( email )

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Vienna, A-1090

Maria Chiara Iannino

University of St Andrews ( email )

School of Economics and Finance
St Andrews, KY16 9AL
United Kingdom

Stephan Unger

Saint Anselm College ( email )

100 Saint Anselm Drive
Mancheter, NH 03102
United States

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