We were born from the co-operative movement. We continue with co-operative values.
We believe we have a duty to use our voice and stand up for causes that matter to you.
At The Co-operative Bank, we’ve championed sustainable banking for almost 30 years. For us, taking an ethical approach is just how we do things — by supporting local communities, treating our customers fairly and honestly, and paying people a living wage.
But we also try to tackle some of the big issues too. We’re beyond carbon neutral and send zero waste to landfill. We campaign alongside Amnesty International UK to fight injustice, work with Refuge to challenge economic abuse, and give homeless young people a voice with Centrepoint. We’ve also invested £1.7 million (correct as of February 2022) in supporting co-operative businesses since 2016.
These efforts have now been recognised by independent experts Sustainalytics, who have given us the best ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) rating of any UK high street bank.*
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*Rated by Sustainalytics in the Regional Banks subindustry with a score of 9.2 as of 11 June 2021.
Our commitment to the co-operative values and ethics on which we’re built remains as strong as ever. Our Ethical Policy has been shaped by customers for over 30 years, and upholding our sustainability commitments is a big part of making sure our Ethical Policy is at the heart of what we do — making a difference to the environment and the communities in which we live and work. With sustainability rooted in our foundations, we work to create a long-term, sustainable business that makes a positive difference to our communities.
Our Values and Ethics in Action Sustainability Report for 2021 demonstrates our sustainability highlights for the year and our commitments for the future, including; protecting the environment, creating a positive societal impact and reflecting the co-operative values and ethics in everything we do.
We do not provide banking services to businesses and organisations that conflict with our Ethical Policy. That’s why we screen businesses that apply for our accounts.
We’re the only UK high street bank that’s guided by a customer-led Ethical Policy. Find out about all of our ethical commitments, from human rights to the environment.
We actively support businesses that are in tune with our values and ethics. We treat our customers fairly and we’re committed to making changes for the better.
We’ve reviewed our Ethical Policy five times since it first launched in 1992 - and periodically conduct customer polls to ensure that policy still reflects what you care about.
We are in the process of collating the 2021 poll responses which will help us to shape our Ethical Policy that will be launched in 2022.
You can read our current Ethical Policy, and the results of our 2014 poll below.
Read our Ethical Policy
Our Ethical Policy covers five key areas:
We’re clear about the types of organisations we will and won't provide banking services to.
We are a responsible bank that treats customers fairly. We support organisations that make a positive difference for people and the environment.
We conduct our business with honesty and transparency. We take responsibility for our environmental impacts.
We're committed to creating an ethical workplace in terms of how we treat our employees, and how our employees treat our customers.
We campaign for social and economic change on issues that matter to our customers.
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.
We're working with the charity Centrepoint to help them support homeless young people across the UK into a home and a job.
Following our ‘My money, my life’ campaign in 2015, we’ve partnered with Refuge on a new campaign to highlight the extent of economic abuse in the UK.
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