Sustainability in Finance - Banking on the Planet
by Marcel Jeucken

Banking and finance play a fundamental role in public policy and economic performance as well as in all forms of commerce and industry. They are crucial in determining whether society - from governments to individual consumers - succeeds in following an environmentally sustainable path.

However, those working in the financial sector are largely unaware of the rationale and pressures for sustainable development and its bearing on their work, while those in the relevant research and policy areas commonly overlook how vital the financial sector is for progress.

This book sets out to rectify the state of affairs detailed above, in a style which is also accessible to those with no experience of sustainability or finance issues. It provides a comprehensive account of their interdependence: why the financial sector is crucial to achieving sustainability and why the triple bottom line of commercial, environmental and social success points the way forward for banking.

From a systematic assessment of major banks around the world and in-depth case studies, the book presents an analytical framework to understand current and possible future steps of the financial sector towards sustainability issues. It provides a comprehensive account of current best practice, an analysis of the differences in approach and performance, and recommendations of actions and policies for improved performance that will contribute to sustainable development. 

The book contains three main parts. The second part of the book is, though updated, largely based on the book Sustainable Finance and Banking, also by Marcel Jeucken (2001). More information, including recommendations and book reviews, about this book can be found here



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426 pages 
ISBN:  90 5972 036 9 (commercial edition of PhD-thesis)
Eburon Academic Publishers 
Winter 2004/2005

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