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25 Years of making a difference

At the Co-operative Bank, we have always been driven by something different: an ethical approach to banking.

This year, we’re marking the 25th anniversary of our Ethical Policy. Since 1992, we have worked together to tackle the things that matter to you. From climate change to human rights. And while a lot has changed in that time, we’re as committed as ever to:

  • Listening and caring about what matters to you.
  • Making sure that your money is being used for good.
  • Campaigning for what you think is right.

Listening and caring about what matters to you

By listening to what our customers have to say, we can focus on the things they care about – and make sure their values and ethics run through everything we do: from the charities we support, and even the products we offer. In 2016, through charity partnerships linked to some of our products, our customers helped us to raise nearly £1 million for some great causes.

Making sure that your money is being used for good

We’re also investing £1 million in The Hive, a business support programme set up in partnership with Co-operatives UK, which helps brand-new start up co-operative businesses to thrive – and existing ones to grow.

Campaigning for what you think is right

We have a long history of campaigning with our colleagues and customers on the issues that matter most to them. Together we’ve made a real difference campaigning to abolish landmines and for strong and effective climate change legislation.

Read about our Ethical Policy

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the hive: building better co-operative buinesses

Supporting UK co-operatives

We are investing over £1 million in The Hive over three years, a business set up in partnership with Co-operatives UK to help new and existing businesses to thrive.

Read about The Hive

We’ve offset over 100,000 tonnes of carbon

We go ‘beyond carbon neutral.’ Working with sustainable development experts ClimateCare, we offset whatever carbon we emit, plus 10% to tackle historic issues too. Through this, we support a diverse range of projects in Kenya, Ghana, Uganda and Cambodia.

Read about carbon offsetting