2015, XLIX, 676 p. 140 illus., 110 illus. in color.
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Provides a structured overview of the main investment banking initiatives, softlaw standards, risk management and impact investing strategies
Discusses new products, the role of investment and finance in the creation of climate –friendly markets, positive social impact and fundamental ethical values in business such as Human Rights
Showcases practical examples and solutions
Provides guidance on how environmentally and socially responsible investment banking cascades down from leadership commitment to strategic positioning, state of the art risk management, opportunity creation, value chain management and good governance
This book provides evidence on the relevance of environmental and social factors in decision making, discusses the Gold Standard Frameworks for integrating extra-financial risks into the value chain management procedures of investment banks together with a lot of examples for practical application. It paves the way from robust impact and risk management to positive impact creation and a new investment culture. As well, challenges for the implementation and ways to overcome them are broadly discussed. The book is rooted in the fact that banks which fail to professionally integrate the management of extra-financial risk into their whole lending and investment products chain may well move down the food chain and potentially lose positions on advisory mandates, lead arranger and underwriting mandates and finally client deposits – and trust.
Content Level »Professional/practitioner
Keywords »Equator principles - PRI - Principles of Responsible Investment - Risk management - Social licence to operate - Triple bottom line - Value chain management
Introduction.- Governance, Corporate Culture and Leadership in integrating CSR.- The cross cutting issues in the IFC Performance Standards.- The EBRD ESG Standards and their impact on the markets.- Implementing Environmental & Social Risk Management on the ground.- Translating Standards into successful implementation: Sector Policies and Equator Principles.- Consultant of the Strategic Review of Equator Principles.- An investigation on Ecosystems Services, the role of Investment Banks and investment products to foster conservation.- Public Sector Interventions to mobilize private capital for climate- friendly markets.- Implementing ESG in the Financial Sector in Russia - a Journey towards more Sustainability.- Interview: Implementing International Good Practice Standards - Pragmatism versus Philosophy.- Tipping Points - Learning from Pain.- Sustainable Private Equity investments and ESG Due Diligence Frameworks.- PRI – in principle good.- Investing in the ESIA and Stakeholder Engagement Process.- Positive Impact Business and Finance: a challenge for industries and services, a pre-eminent role for the financial sector.- Adopting EP in India.- Sustainability Reporting in China.- Sustainability on Planet Bank.- The Gender Bias in Asset Management.- Women on Board.- Corporate Social Responsibility in modern Central and Eastern Europe.- The Equator Principles – A critical analysis.- Half the footprint -double the impact.- Why not? Sustainable Finance as a question of mindset.- Managing assets in a complex environment: an innovative approach to sustainable decision-making.- Extra-financial performance made tangible handprint approach financial institutions.- Afterword.