‘Marcel Jeucken has been heralded as the first to provide a comprehensive and accessible book on the subject of sustainable finance and banking. As a practitioner at Rabobank and a doctoral researcher at Erasmus University, Jeuken is able to draw on personal experience to provide an accessible yet intellectually challenging book...Empirical insight and conceptual thoughts on shifts in the traditional economic foundations of banking. The book is set out in three parts. Each part and subsequent chapter is very well sign-posted...The author makes an exceptional contribution’

Journal of Policy, Planning and Future Studies


‘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’
Executive Director, WORLD BANK


‘The book’s appropriate audience includes finance professionals, sustainability thinkers, and students. All those curious about both the banking industry’s thought process about the environment, as well as about what financial products are being or soon will be offered to allow them as banking customers to make ‘sustainable’ choices, will also find the book useful. Especially laudable was teh concise but broadly encompassing summary of the global environmental problem and sustainability issues (including, importantly, the lack of agreement on a definition of sustainable development). The book generally did a good job of providing the reader with the truly broad range of impacts that banks can have as a result of the informational flows that they receive in their unique position as intermediaries. I liked the organization of the book and the excellent list of references that it provided. Overall, the books gives a nice snapshot of the state of the world for financial institutions’ progress towards sustainability and ample references for finding out more on the variety of topics discussed. This book and its source data should be useful tools for policymakers as well as decision-makers in the financial industry’
Journal of Conservation and Recycling


‘Marcel Jeucken has been heralded as the first to provide a comprehensive and accessible book on the subject of sustainable finance and banking. One does not have to look far to find glowing commentaries that welcome the book as a much needed introduction to the subject. ... To read this book is a must for everyone working in this area of environmental banking whether a practitioner or academic. My recommendation would be to look out for his doctoral thesis if this book is anything to go by the thesis should provide a very interesting read.'


‘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’
MINISTER of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment, The Netherlands


'Sustainable Finance and Banking: The Financial Sector and the Future of the Planet, by Marcel Jeucken, works almost as three different books bound in one cover. Divided into Parts I, II, and III, the sections build upon one another to provide a convincing argument for involving financial institutions in plans for sustainable development.'


‘The book Sustainable Banking finds many shining examples in the co-operative, mutual and social sectors for the big players to emulate. Environmental and ethical considerations in such loan portfolios have proven to be profitable and 'best-in-class' larger banks are now also reaping benefits. The unprecedented scope of the book has attracted contributors from four continents including Deloitte & Touche, Rabobank, The World Bank, The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, The United Nations Environment Programme, The World Business Council for Sustainable Development, UBS, Henderson Investors, KPMG, The World Resources Institute and SAM Sustainability.’


‘Marcel Jeucken cites a haunting Cree Indian prophecy:
Only after the last tree has been cut down,
Only after the last river has been poisoned,
Only after the last fish has been caught.
Only then will you discover: money cannot be eaten.
This prophecy neatly captures the focus of his book: the potential role of banks in ensuring that consumption does not exhaust our natural resources and hence our capacity for economic growth, or what Jeucken terms ‘sustainability’. The quotation is also an example of one of the book’s notable strengths: its ambitious synthesis of an extensive amount of information, ranging from ancient history, to philosophy, to the history of environmentalism, to the details of commercial banking.’




Book reviews on Sustainability in Finance

  Published in het Financieele Dagblad, October 8, 2004 (in Dutch)




Book reviews on Sustainable Finance and Banking

  Published on www.socialfunds.com, January 9, 2002  

   Published in Futures Journal, October 2003

  Published in Nieuwsbrief Milieu & Economie, February 2002, Nr 1 (in Dutch)

  Published in het Financieele Dagblad, April 20, 2002 (in Dutch)

  Published in Tomorrow Magazine, Nr 2,  February 2002 

   Published in Sustain, WBCSD, April 2002

  Published in Social and Environmental Accounting, Nr 22.1,  2002

  Published in Small Enterprise Development Journal, Nr 13.3,  2002 

  Published in Economische Statistische Berichten, March 7, 2003 (in Dutch)

  Published on alternative-finance.org.uk, November 2002 (in Spanish)

  Various short book reviews




Book reviews on Sustainable Banking

  Published on www.socialfunds.com, May 14, 2001  

          Published in Ethics and Society pending

  Published in De Economist, Nr 150.1, 2002

  Published in GreenMoney, August/September 2001

  Published in Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 13/14 April 2002 (in German)

  Published in EBF Magazine, September 19, 2002

  Published in het Financieele Dagblad, 20 April 2002 (in Dutch)

  Published in Tomorrow Magazine, Nr 2,February 2002

Published in Credit Suisse Magazine, Nr 3, 2002 (in German)

   Published in News Journal of the Asia Pacific Centre for Environmental Accountability, Nr 6.4, December 2000

  Various short book reviews 




Book reviews on Duurzaam Bankieren (in Dutch)


   Bank- en Effectenbedrijf, 1999, Nr 1/2

   Friends of the Earth, Netherlands, March 1999











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