• We seek to:
-- Provide customers with the opportunity
to support causes aligned with our values
and ethics through certain products and
services we offer.
-- Support Community Development Finance
Institutions that help finance small businesses
and social enterprises whose objectives are
to protect and create employment in the
most socially deprived communities and
drive investment in local economies.
-- Currently we provide banking facilities for
around 60% of the credit union sector.
Protecting the environment
We will seek to support small businesses and
organisations whose activities promote a healthy
environment, including those involved in:
• Recycling and sustainable waste management.
• Renewable energy and energy efficiency.
• Sustainable natural products and services
(including timber and organic produce).
• The pursuit of ecological sustainability.
We will continue to lend to organisations that support
fair trade and the provision of finance to the working
poor in developing countries via microfinance.
Protecting animal welfare
We will seek to support businesses involved in the
development of alternatives to animal experimentation
and farming methods that promote animal welfare
(e.g. free range farming).