Rules, Regulations and Culture in Banking

What is the relationship between rules, regulations and culture in banking? Dame Susan Rice of the Banking Standards Board delivers the first keynote of Ethical Finance 2019, focusing on how laws, regulatory bodies, professional standards and individual values interact to produce ethical behaviour in banking.


Ethical Finance 2019 (EF2019) was organised by the Global Ethical Finance Initiative (GEFI) which oversees, organises and coordinates a series of programmes to promote finance for positive change.

With the Bank of England recognising climate change as a core financial risk, the proliferation of the UN SDGs and the ongoing dichotomy for asset managers wrestling with the social impact versus economic return conundrum; the financial system is undergoing material transformational challenge.

Together with UNDP and the Scottish Government, GEFI brought 350 of the world’s foremost business, political, civic and social leaders to Edinburgh on the 8th & 9th of October 2019 to network, share, co-develop and shape a fairer, more sustainable financial system capable of delivering positive change.

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Dame Susan Rice

Dame Susan Rice, a Chartered Banker, chairs the Banking Standards Board and was founding chair of the Chartered Banker: Professional Standards Board.  She also chairs Scottish Water, Business Stream and the Scottish Fiscal Commission, Scotland’s independent economic and fiscal forecaster.  In addition, she is Senior Independent Director of J Sainsbury, and of the North American Income Trust.