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A credit score system for socially responsible lending

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  • Begoña Gutiérrez-Nieto
  • Carlos Serrano-Cinca
  • Juan Camón-Cala

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Ethical banking, microfinance institutions or certain credit cooperatives, among others, grant socially responsible loans. This paper presents a credit score system for them. The model evaluates both social and financial aspects of the borrower. The financial aspects are evaluated under the conventional banking framework, by analysing accounting statements and financial projections. The social aspects try to quantify the loan impact on the achievement of Millennium Development Goals such as employment, education, environment, health or community impact. The social credit score model should incorporate the lender’s know-how and should also be coherent with its mission. This is done by using the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) technique. The paper illustrates a real case: a loan application by a social enterprise presented to a socially responsible lender. The decision support system not only produces a score, but also reveals strengths and weaknesses of the application.

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  • Begoña Gutiérrez-Nieto & Carlos Serrano-Cinca & Juan Camón-Cala, 2011. "A credit score system for socially responsible lending," Working Papers CEB 11-028, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
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