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Banking on Sustainability (March 2007)

Banking on Sustainability (March 2007)

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Published by IFC Sustainability
IFC's Banking on Sustainability report shows evidence of the potential benefits of adopting sustainability as a business strategy. It also shows a dramatic shift in banks' awareness of these benefits. Banks can tap vast benefits by reassessing their business practices and engaging in sustainability-oriented risk management and product development. IFC has pioneered new business models — for example in sustainable energy and banking to underserved groups — and is helping pave the way for other banks in emerging markets.
IFC's Banking on Sustainability report shows evidence of the potential benefits of adopting sustainability as a business strategy. It also shows a dramatic shift in banks' awareness of these benefits. Banks can tap vast benefits by reassessing their business practices and engaging in sustainability-oriented risk management and product development. IFC has pioneered new business models — for example in sustainable energy and banking to underserved groups — and is helping pave the way for other banks in emerging markets.

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Published by: IFC Sustainability on Jun 28, 2009
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01/08/2013

 
BANKING ON
SUSTAINABILITY
Financing Environmental and Social Opportunitiesin Emerging Markets
 
 As many financial institutions remain in a reactivemode to sustainability, it is likely that we will seea growing divide between the leaders and laggards,with environmental, social, and governance risksbecoming ever more concentrated in the loan books of the laggards. Meanwhile, 
proactive financialinstitutions will have the potentialto tap into new consumer andproduct-driven market niches
.
David St. Maur Sheil
, Director and Co-Founder,The Association for Sustainable & ResponsibleInvestment in Asia (ASrIA)
Prosperity, environmental protection, and social justice areconsidered to be the core of every economy. Developing thehuman resources of banking and financial institutions in order to
 
create sound, efficient, and responsive financial institutions
 
that are environmentally and socially sustainable can help achieve substantialbusiness benefits.
Khaled Bassiouny, Director, Business DevelopmentDepartment Arab Academy for Banking and FinancialSciences
The role of companies in a society iscurrently going through a transitionthat presents important opportunities and,in many ways, is being felt most strongly indeveloping economies.
Expectations arehighest in the developing world for the private sector to go beyondcore business lines
to help improve education andhealth systems, address poverty, protect the environment and reinforcehuman rights. By responding effectively to these expectations, local companiescan not only protect and enhance their reputations, but also ensure that they are onequal footing with multinational corporations entering their markets.
Chris Coulter
, Vice-president, GlobeScan Inc. (international public opinion researchers)
 
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BANKING ON
SUSTAINABILITY
Financing Environmental and Social Opportunitiesin Emerging Markets

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