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Banking with Ethics: Strategic Moves and Structural Changes of the Banking Industry in the Aftermath of the Subprime Mortgage Crisis

Elisabeth Paulet (), Miia Parnaudeau () and Francesc Relano ()

Journal of Business Ethics, 2015, vol. 131, issue 1, 199-207

Abstract: This paper explores the behavior of the banking industry in the new business environment that arose after the subprime crisis. The main hypothesis is that there are two major types of banking institutions: conventional banks and ethical banks. Each has a distinct business model. To test how they have reacted to the new environment, factor analysis techniques have been used. The main findings are twofold. Firstly, the new financial context has indeed caused the behavior of mainstream banks to change. Within this group, one can further distinguish between those that have tried to anticipate the changes by adopting a more responsible financial attitude and those that have merely modified their banking practice to comply with the new regulatory framework. Secondly, there are the so-called ethical banks. Interestingly, their behavior has scarcely been altered by the new financial context. The main conclusion is that the different response of both types of banks reflects the existence of a distinct business model. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015

Keywords: Commercial banks; Ethical banks; Principal component analysis; Corporate social responsibility (CSR); Green-washing (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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