Provide an explanation of sustainable finance and ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance) issues in the UK banking market today
Ensure you relate your work to theories and writings in this area (the reading list below is a good start) and try to include supporting examples of the types of
activities. Potentially you might find details of such activities in banks’ marketing brochures.
Explain the governance and cultural challenges a bank might face in implementing ESG and sustainability initiatives.
The following reading section is provided as a pointer to students in starting their research, which should be much broader than the guidance articles suggested.
Although the examiners take every care in providing relevant articles and the links are checked before release of the assignment, we are not able to guarantee that a link will
remain viable for the duration of the research phase of the assignment. The readings may be specific, for example, a journal article or a chapter of a book or more general,
in terms of a whole book where you are required to determine key areas that link to your assignment and use this as a basis to broaden your own independent research.
CISL (2018) Sailing from different harbours: G20 approaches to implementing the
recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures.
Cambridge, UK: the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership [online].
EP (no date) Equator Principles [online].
GFI (no date) Green Finance Initiative, UK Policy [online].
LIBF (no date) Sustainability Toolkit [online].
SSF (no date) Swiss Sustainable Finance [online].
UKSIF (no date) UK Sustainable Investment & Finance Association [online].