Journal of Human Rights and the Environment

The trinity and the dragon: reconciling finance, human rights and the environment in China

Fiona Cunningham * and David Kinley *

Keywords: Chinese banks, government control, environmental regulation, financial motivations, future of the Equator Principles, relative neglect of human rights

Abstract

This article considers the Equator Principles experiment in forging a ‘trinity’ of corporate responsibilities – financial, social and environmental – and in particular, the importance of China's commercial banks to the future of the Equator Principles. The authors explore the obstacles that appear to be preventing those banks from adopting the Principles, suggesting that such an examination casts an important and unique light upon how a non-Western country of increasing significance to global affairs grapples with the trinity of finance, the environment and human rights.

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