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Responsible Financing?: The Equator Principles And Bank Disclosures

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Executive Summary

The purpose of this paper is to consider the impact of the Equator Principles on banking disclosures. The paper explores whether signatory banks are disclosing information related to their obligations under the Equator Principles and discusses the types of disclosures being made publicly available. The paper illustrates that banks are disclosing very little information to help users assess the impact the Equator Principles have had on these banks practices. It is also suggested that banks are reframing their identity through these principles, but it is still difficult to assess whether this is also transforming practice. There is little academic research considering financial institutions and their social and environmental responsibilities and this work seeks to address this gap.

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