Title: Much ado about nothing? How banks respond to climate change
Authors : Furrer, Bettina
Hamprecht, Jens
Hoffmann, Volker
Published in : Business & Society
Volume(Issue) : 51
Issue : 1
Pages : 62
Pages to: 88
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Sage
Issue Date: 2012
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Strategic change; Decoupling; Symbolic action; Service sector; Substantive action; Climate strategy
Subject (DDC) : 332.1: Banks
Abstract: The effect of the financial sector on climate change remains largely underestimated. Banks can steer investments of their customers in low-emission technologies and adjust the conditions of loans that they provide to greenhouse gas intensive sectors. However, the authors’ research shows that few banks take such substantive action when they implement their climate strategy. The authors analyze 114 listed banks around the world and find evidence for deflective decoupling. This evidence means that banks that implement a climate strategy often decouple it from their main value creating processes such as lending and investment. Those banks that engage in more substantive action still combine it with symbolic activities which may facilitate the strategic change process. This study contributes to the literature on organizations and the natural environment as the authors specify which kind of banks implement substantive climate strategies. This research holds important implications for policy makers and managers who aim to implement a climate strategy in organizations that create value through information and financial flows but not with a physical transfer of goods.
Departement: School of Engineering
Organisational Unit: Institute of Sustainable Development (INE)
Publication type: Article in scientific journal
DOI : 10.1177/0007650311427428
ISSN: 0007-6503
1552-4205
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/15779
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