Social Banks and the Future of Sustainable Finance

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-04-07
  • Publisher: Routledge

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The book describes and explains the history, the current state and the development of social and sustainable banking, covering a range of topics featuring case studies of different social banks worldwide.

Table of Contents

List of figuresp. xii
List of tablesp. xiii
List of boxesp. xiv
Notes on contributorsp. xv
Prefacep. xvi
Acknowledgementsp. xviii
Social banking: introductionp. 1
What is social banking?p. 1
Referencesp. 14
Social banking: a brief historyp. 15
Introductionp. 15
The remote historical reality: the construction of the first banks in the Middle Agesp. 15
The historical reality of social banks in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuriesp. 21
Contemporary historical reality of social banks: ethical banks and microcreditp. 29
The current state of the art of banks of ethical and social finance in Europe and the worldp. 44
Conclusionp. 46
Referencesp. 47
Why do we need social banking?p. 48
Introduction: stylized factsp. 48
Goals of social bankingp. 52
Challenges of social bankingp. 54
Microfinance as a successful form of social bankingp. 55
Social banking and the crucial role of responsible citizensp. 60
The role of social banks towards a model of 'integrated general economic equilibrium'p. 62
The role of the governmentp. 65
Conclusionsp. 67
Referencesp. 68
Inside social banksp. 71
Introductionp. 71
The dual approach of ethics and profitabilityp. 71
Managing a social bank as a business enterprisep. 73
Elements of managing a social bankp. 74
Human resource management in social bankingp. 84
Compensation and profit sharing in social banking: an attempt to square the circle?p. 92
The customer as partnerp. 94
Referencesp. 95
Products and servicesp. 96
Introductionp. 96
Sustainable credit management, sustainable loans and mortgagesp. 97
Socially responsible investmentp. 104
Carbon financep. 108
Sustainability savings accounts and certificates of depositsp. 112
Microfinancep. 113
Project financep. 118
Summary and conclusion: products and servicesp. 120
Referencesp. 121
Financing change through giving and donations: an integral part of social bankingp. 123
Introductionp. 123
Giving and gift economiesp. 124
Giving bloodp. 125
Matriarchal gift economyp. 125
Rudolf Steiner: giving as a crucial part of the economyp. 126
Conclusionp. 128
A new attitude towards money: the case of GLS Treuhand - giving as part of holistic bankingp. 128
A note on communicating with customers about givingp. 133
Summary and conclusionp. 134
Referencesp. 134
Social banking at the crossroadsp. 136
Introductionp. 136
Objectives and achievements of social banks to datep. 137
Analysis of specific possibilities for social banksp. 151
Summary, conclusion and outlookp. 183
Referencesp. 193
The future of social bankingp. 196
Introductionp. 196
The size of social banksp. 196
Future social banking products and servicesp. 197
Future strategies targeting new clientsp. 201
The measurement of the impact of social bankingp. 203
Lowering transaction costsp. 204
Human resources managementp. 205
Communicating the interaction between social support and financial returnsp. 208
The growth of social banks: increasing the impact without diluting ethicsp. 209
Conclusionp. 210
Referencesp. 211
Notesp. 212
Indexp. 224
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