Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Sustainable Banking: The Greening of Finance Hardcover – March 8, 2001
|New from||Used from|
... an informative and authoritative book which provides insight into the practices of a range (both in terms of size and geography) of banking organisations ... The contributing authors (as well as editors) are well known and highly regarded, so the excellent overall standard is no surprise and it is a book that one can dip into, without the need to read from cover to cover. - Corporate Environmental Strategy || ... essential for all those in the financial service sector and the academic community. For local authorities the book can be relevant in their role as bank owners and in authority/bank co-operations in local economic development. - International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives || ... contains 32 chapters and touches on many aspects of banking and sustainable development. As such, it provides a comprehensive overview of the topic and brings together many examples that illustrate what is being done and can be done. - International Institute for Sustainable Development || The book is packed with ideas and suggestions for differing options, policies, models and approaches which make it a superb potential tool for change. Corporate strategists and scenario planners will find this book particularly useful ... recommended for those needing full information on the actions of the sector and its developing policy direction ... - Eagle Bulletin || ... provides a valuable snapshot of where sustainable banking is ... and more importantly, it offers insight into where sustainable banking just might be headed. - SocialFunds.com || Sustainable Banking is an instructive and useful book for everyone who is professionally or personally interested in practices to reduce the burden of the economy on the environment, especially by bankers. Within a few years, the pioneering work described in this book might have become common property. - Ethics and Society || ... the book is well organised and provides a wealth of valuable and thought provoking information. - Tomorrow || The broad coverage including financial institutions and issues in Bangladesh, China, USA, Thailand and many European countries is commendable and increases the value of it. - Social and Environmental Accounting
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The book is divided into five parts: (1) environmental policies of banks, (2) transparency and communication, (3) environmental investment funds, (4) environmental risks and banks' products and (5) the role of governments, NGOs and multilateral banks. This structure was chosen to present altogether 32 contributions of different authors or author groups in a way, that comprehensively explains the changes the financial sector is undergoing.
The authors are from four continents thus providing a global overview. Contributors include The World Bank, The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, The United Nations Environment Programme, The World Business Council for Sustainable Development, The World Resources Institute, Rabobank, UBS, Henderson Investors, Deloitte & Touche, KPMG and SAM Sustainability.
The contributions show that "sustainable banking" is, at the moment, a dynamic term with no clear borders changing its definition over time. Certainly this book will contribute to a clarification regarding definition and borders of the term "sustainable banking".
The contributions partly consider all three dimensions of sustainable development, partly they deal only with environment and economy and eco-efficiency respectively. Some of the contributions provide excellent introductions into the notion of sustainable development. Others show only a view restricted to environmental aspects.
In most contributions it becomes clear that the concept is automatically relevant to the relationships of the banks with their stakeholders and not only within the banks themselves. Transparency and communication play a crucial role.
The contributions present global perspectives, case studies and detailed analysis. A lot of ideas and suggestions for differing approaches, models and policies offer a tool for developing new strategies. For strategists and policy-makers this tool can be particularly useful.
An outlook given in one of the forewords explains the view of future development in sustainable banking: "... sustainable banking is about both these approaches: supporting the inno-vative and proactive companies; and stimulating the lagging and reactive ones. Alliances and co-operation between NGOs, governments, companies, consumers and the financial sector are natural outcomes of this `double strategy'... this joining of forces is the best strategy to-wards sustainable development."
"Sustainable Banking - The Greening of Finance" represents a valuable source of information, ideas and concepts for people in the financial services sector, corporate managers and the growing community of people from different sectors looking for ways to realize genuine sustainable development.