The Bank has a long history of supporting campaigns
in line with our Ethical Policy. We were one of the first
organisations to support international action against
landmines, not only refusing to provide banking
services to companies that profited from the trade in
landmines, but going further and actively campaigning
We believe we can make a difference by putting
our support behind causes that receive too little
attention and where the platform we can provide for a
campaign can enhance its chances of success.
We therefore commit to campaigns based on the
• The causes we support must be in line with our
values and ethics.
• The causes we support must be strengthened
by the expertise we can bring as a bank.
• The causes we support must be underserved
and represent genuine needs that others have
neglected and where our support can therefore
make a major impact.
• The impact we can make will be more powerful
if we focus our resources rather than backing a
• The causes we support will be politically neutral.
The Co-operative Bank believes that operating with values and ethics
must go beyond simply ensuring we are ethical in how we behave as a
business. We also have a duty to use our voice to stand up for causes
in line with our values and ethics.