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The banking sector and CSR: An unholy alliance?

Chambers, Clare; Day, Robert


Robert Day


Corporate social responsibility (CSR), financial exclusion and banks are not happy bed fellows, yet their relationship and working partnership is essential to ensure financial security within a stable economy. The position of this paper is to contextualise the CSR of banks within the current economic climate and comes to the unsatisfactory position that CSR and financial exclusion may be forgotten until the crisis is over and recovery begins. What is currently important in terms of economics is that the system works for the whole not the few and that regulatory focus is drawn fully to secure the crisis and work on rebuilding trust and confidence within the broken and troubled banking industry. In order to examine this proposition, the paper is divided into five parts. Firstly the paper examines the origins and developments of CSR. Secondly the paper examines the CSR of banks in the UK and compares it to the regulatory approach in the United States. Thirdly the researchers explore the notions of financial exclusion and how it interrelates with social responsibility of the banks. Penultimately the researchers examine the ethical aspects of the banks business and conclude with an examination of the CSR guidelines and disclosure rules. The paper does not examine the current economic situation in detail.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Nov 25, 2009
Journal Financial Regulation International
Print ISSN 1473-3323
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 9
Pages 13-20
APA6 Citation Chambers, C., & Day, R. (2009). The banking sector and CSR: An unholy alliance?
Keywords Corporate Social Responsibility, Banking Corporate Governance, Social Utilities


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