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Teaching Notes: Ethical Banking

Alberto Lanzavecchia, Le Thuy-Dung
University of Padova

In the context of evolving environmental, social, and governance standards (ESG) within the global financial landscape, this case study provides insights into alternative methods of impact investing and highlights the unique approach taken by Ethical Banking, a cooperative bank in South Tyrol, Italy. The institution's mission is to bridge the connection between ethically-conscious depositors/investors and sustainable initiatives, advancing societal welfare and sustainable development goals (SDGs). The case offers students an opportunity to access anecdotal evidence and apply their understanding of ESG and SDG concepts to evaluate real-world phenomena. This teaching note outlines key teaching objectives, suggested teaching strategies, discussion questions, and additional resources for instructors to incorporate this case study into their courses.

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