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Responsible Banking

Understanding the wide range of implications covered by the pledge that banks take action to align their core strategy, decision-making, lending and investment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and international agreements such as the Paris Climate Agreement.
  • Overview

    The concept of moral behaviour in actions dates back literally thousands of years and is found in all the world’s great religions: in Christianity, in Islam, in Judaism, in Hinduism, in Buddhism, and so on. But, more relevantly for our purposes, the modern concern for responsible business behaviour finds expression, for instance, in the 2011 United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and, for our present purposes, in the United Nations Principles for Responsible Banking.

    The Global Financial Crisis, and certain banking scandals, led a number of prominent banks to examine the contemporary banking culture which had led financial services to dramatically lose trust in many countries, according to the Edelman Trust Barometer. In fairness, a great deal of soul-searching occurred, and many banks took the view that a prominent reassertion of ethical values in banking was necessary.

    As a result, the United Nations launched the Principles for Responsible Banking in 2019.  Remarkably, as of this writing, some 300 banks holding $85 trillion in assets worldwide have promised to uphold the Principles regarding all their banking activities.  The banks hold more than 45% of global banking assets. Over the next few years, there will be a lot of media and public commentary, and discussion in banking circles, about the Principles, and the likelihood of even more widespread banking support is a virtual certainty. 

    The signatory banks have solemnly pledged adherence to 6 Principles of responsible conduct – such as, for instance, responsibly consulting with, engaging with, and partnering with their stakeholders - that will significantly change the culture of any banks.

    Who should attend?

    • Board Directors and Senior Management
    • Corporate Counsel
    • Institutional Investors
    • Divisional Heads and Line Managers
    • Risk and Compliance Managers
    • Corporate Lawyers
    • Stakeholders


    Course Highlights

    • Analysing the diverse and distinct considerations that lead to a culture of responsible banking
    • Implementing strategies for migrating toward climate resilience banking
    • integrating biodiversity considerations into responsible banking
    • Case studies of best practices in the Industrialised World and and in Developing Countries


  • Day 1

    The Business Drivers that Have Promoted Responsible Business Practices

    • History
    • Movement at the United Nations
    • Examining the Link between Risk and Responsible Business Practices
    • Investor Interest: The UN Principles for Responsible Investment
    • A ‘Wake-Up’ Call: The 2019 Business Roundtable’s Revised “Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation”
    • Blackrock’s 2020 Analysis: ‘We are on the edge of a fundamental reshaping of capitalism”
    • The UN Principles for Responsible Banking

    The Principles for Responsible Banking

    • What are the Principles designed to achieve? 
    • Drafting the Principles: the consultative process with 250 financial institutions
    • The tradition of responsible banking in Islam
    • The relevance of other religious traditions: Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism
    • The collective commitment to climate action

    Principle 1: Alignment

    • The pledge to align the bank’s business strategy with sustainability goals, as expressed in international agreements
    • Examining the banking implications of the relevant international agreements, such as the Sustainable Development Goals
    • Assessing possible current banking misalignment with society’s goals
    • A note on helpful key resources

    Case Study: The struggle over fossil fuel divestment

    Principle 2: Impact & Target Setting

    • The pledge to increase positive impacts, while reducing negative impacts, on people and the environment resulting from banking activities
    • Identifying, assessing, and improving the impact on people and the environment resulting from banking activities
    • Incorporating the assessment of risks and impacts on the dimensions of sustainability into decision making at the strategic, portfolio, and transaction levels
    • A note on helpful key resources

    Principle 3: Clients & Customers

    • The pledge to work responsibly with clients and customers to encourage sustainable practices
    • Steps toward the implementation of Principle 3
    • Building both capacity and expertise among bank employees
    • The development of microfinance
    • A note on helpful key resources

    Day 2

    Principle 4: Stakeholders

    • The pledge to proactively consult with, engage with, and partner with relevant stakeholders to achieve society’s goals.
    • The broad meaning of a bank's "stakeholders"
    • Establishing partnerships with third parties to deliver sustainable solutions
    • A note on helpful resources

    Case Study: The broad significance of the ‘Occupy Movement’

    Principle 5: Governance & Culture

    • The pledge to implement the bank’s commitment to the Principles for Responsible Banking through effective governance and a culture of responsible banking
    • Effective Governance: having appropriate structures, policies, and processes
    • Assigning specific roles and responsibilities at the Board level and across all functions regarding the sustainability agenda
    • Building internal expertise on the environmental, social, and economic aspects of sustainability
    • A note on helpful key resources

    Case Studies: When governance goes wrong: Misjudging Risk – The story of the collapse of HBOS; Case Studies of Wells Fargo, Royal Bank of Scotland, Deutsche Bank, and selected Developing Country banks.

    Principle 6: Transparency & Accountability

    • The pledge to be transparent and accountable for the positive as well as the negative aspects of banking activities
    • The significance of disclosure
    • Progress reports as a key element in: ensuring the effectiveness of the bank’s approach, motivating employees, driving innovation, competing with peers, and strengthening reputation and trust
    • The relevance of a whistleblowing procedure
    • UNEP Finance Initiative’s Reporting and Self-Assessment Template
    • A note on helpful resources

    Day 3

    Dealing with Climate Change

    • The Evidence for Climate Change
    • Risks by Business Sector
    • Pressure from Investors
    • The key outcomes for Financial Services of the COP27 Climate Summit
    • Migrating toward climate resilience banking

    Dealing with Biodiversity Loss/Degradation

    • Biodiversity Degradation: What is the problem?
    • The biodiversity footprint of Financial Services
    • Physical Risks
    • Transition Risks
    • Reputation Risks    
    • Integrating Biodiversity considerations into risk assessment: a step-by-step approach
    • The results of the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15): consideration of a framework to promote biodiversity; guidance on biodiversity target-setting to address overexploitation, pollution, and unsustainable practices; and financing biodiversity
    • Tracking progress: Increasing transparency and continuously improving

    Changing a Bank’s Culture

    • The meaning of corporate “culture”
    • A culture is to some extent invisible
    • How can culture be created, changed, or protected?
    • A new framework for managing change across a corporate culture
    • Steps in embracing a culture of responsible banking

    End of Day Three/Close of Training Course

  • Our Tailored Learning Offering

    Do you have five or more people interested in attending this course? Do you want to tailor it to meet your company’s exact requirements? If you’d like to do either of these, we can bring this course to your company’s office. You could even save up to 50% on the cost of sending delegates to a public course and dramatically increase your ROI.

    If you want to run this course at a location convenient to you or if you want a completely customised learning solution, we can help.

    We produce learning solutions that are completely unique to your business. We’ll guide you through the whole process, from the initial consultancy to evaluating the success of the full learning experience. Our learning specialists ensure you get the maximum return on your training investment.

  • We have a combined experience of over 60 years providing learning solutions to the world’s major organisations and are privileged to have contributed to their success. We view our clients as partners and focus on understanding the needs of each organisation we work with to tailor learning solutions to specific requirements.

    We are proud of our record of customer satisfaction. Here is why you should choose us to help you achieve your goals and accelerate your career:

    • Quality – our clients consistently rate our performance ‘excellent’ or ‘outstanding’. Our average overall score awarded to us by our clients is nine out of ten.
    • Track record – 10/10 of the world’s largest banks have chosen us as there training provider and we have delivered training across the largest banks and have trained over 25,000 professionals.
    • Knowledge – our 100+ strong team of industry specialist trainers are world leading financial leaders and commentators, ensuring our knowledge base is second to none.
    • Reliability – if we promise it, we deliver it. We have delivered over 25,000 events both in person and online, using simultaneous translation to delegates from over 99 countries.
    • Recognition – we are accredited by the British Accreditation Council and the CPD Certification Service. In an independent review by Feefo we scored 4.2/5 on service and 4.7/5 on Coursecheck
This course can be run as an In-house or Tailored Learning programme


  • Dennis Driscoll


    Dennis Driscoll is an international lawyer. He is the former Dean of the Law School at the National University of Ireland (Galway).At Galway, he was the Chairman of an annual workshop, designed for in-house legal counsel, on the legal problems of multinational companies. He has also been a Visiting Professor at Harvard University and Peking University Law School. For the past decade, he has given training programmes on CSR/Corporate Governance to more than 500 companies in Europe and in Emerging Markets, especially in China. He is the author of the forthcoming study International and Comparative Corporate Governance.