, Volume 43, Issue 3, pp 395–405 | Cite as

Understanding the External Pressure and Behavior of Commercial Banks’ Environmental Risk Management: An Empirical Study Undertaken in the Yangtze River Delta of China

  • Yong Liu
  • Zhongguo Lin


The present study employed a quantitative survey to ascertain whether the external pressure of environmental risk management (ERM) on commercial banks was a contributing factor to their ERM behavior. Data was obtained using questionnaires from 204 branches of commercial banks located in the Yangtze River Delta of China. The relationship between external pressure and behavior was tested using a linear structural relations model through path analysis. The results revealed that external pressure of ERM was significantly and positively related to the behavior and that pressure from governmental regulations was the most important contributing factor in the passive feedback behavior and preventive behavior of commercial banks. The pressure from markets was the most important contributing factor in banks’ active participation behavior; the pressure from community and NGOs was the most important contributing factor in their enthusiastic behavior.


Environmental risk management External pressure and behavior Questionnaire survey Yangtze River Delta 



This research was supported by the innovation fund of Nanjing University, Chinese Nature Science Fund (71203154), and also partly supported by the Humanity and Social Science Youth foundation of the Chinese Ministry of Education (12YJCZH139).The author is grateful to the reviewers and Prof. D.H. for suggestions and helpful remarks. Thanks also to Zhang (Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ), Dr. Liu (the People’s Bank of China), the managers of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) and all of the respondents of the questionnaire survey, as well as Mr. Forster.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Management and EconomicsTianjin UniversityTianjinChina

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