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Sustainable Finance and Banking 

 

 

'A most welcome contribution to the complex debate concerning the role of powerful financial institutions as they consider how best to act on the challenges and opportunities raised by the environmental, social and economic components of sustainability. It will undoubtedly assist UNEP Finance Initiatives to support companies in their efforts to operationalize sustainability while increasing shareholder and stakeholder value. This book will certainly prove to be one of the key contributions to the finance-sustainability interface'

JACQUELINE ALOISI DE LARDEREL
Director, Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

'Financial institutions are starting to realize there is a business case for sustainable development. They are using eco-efficiency criteria to screen their investments and go beyond what Jeucken calls "defensive banking", which views the environment as a cost only. He offers state-of-the-art thinking on these complex issues and exemplifies the many opportunities and benefits to be drawn from sustainable investment strategies'

BJÍRN STIGSON
President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

'The issues raised in this book should be in the forefront of our minds. The natural self-interest so characteristic of the financial sector will be enlightened by this book, thereby improving the chances of continuity for each and every firm'

PIETER STEK
Executive Director, World Bank

'An interesting view of sustainable banking from inside the sector. It combines countless examples, blueprints and analyses to provide a detailed overview of the trend towards sustainable banking... The author is the first to tackle this subject in such broad and accessible terms, making his book of interest not only to experts in the financial sector or government but also to people with no specialist banking or financial expertise. I have no doubt that this book will inspire many people to take up the challenge of sustainable banking'

JAN PRONK
Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment, The Netherlands

'This book is impressive in both its scope and depth and is, to my knowledge, the first major publication which deals integrally with all aspects of sustainability and banking. My compliments go to the author for making the book's structure and content accessible and of interest to readers from the financial community, the environmental movement, business, government and society in general. I sincerely think this book can improve the dialogue within the financial sector and with their stakeholders, and propel many towards a sustainable future'

HANS SMITS
Chairman, Rabobank Group, The Netherlands