We are committed to being a good local, corporate, and world citizen, working to improve all communities. We commit to making them stronger and more resilient with economic and social opportunities for their members, and will campaign for wider change when needed.
We are proud to continue playing an active role in the co-operative movement, working to create a fairer and more co-operative economy that works for both people and the planet.
In line with our Ethical Policy, we will:
Determined through our ethical screening process, we will not provide banking services to any business or organisation:
to being good digital citizens who regularly assess the protections in place for social media users.
the co-operative movement, particularly through our partnership with Co-operatives UK.
Since 2016 we’ve committed £2.5 million to support co-ops nationally. We’re proud to deliver our Business Support for Co-ops programme through our partnership with Co-operatives UK, supporting the development and growth of the UK’s dynamic co-operative and social enterprise sector.
We help by giving socially-minded people, innovators, and groups the support they need to succeed.
We provide every colleague with two paid days a year (pro-rata) for volunteering — something we’ve been doing since 2006.
From helping out at food banks and homeless shelters to working with mental health charities, our colleagues have collectively dedicated thousands of hours to supporting important causes over the years.
Since 2019, our Bee colleagues have been on a mission to support communities by sharing their knowledge of all things digital.
From helping people develop their basic tech skills to educating the younger generation about digital careers, our network of volunteers are on hand to assist with the digital needs of communities across the UK.
Since 2016, we’ve been supporting Manchester Pride Festival, one of the UK’s leading charities for the LGBTQ+ community. As well as celebrating LGBTQ+ life, they campaign for equality for all, and to create opportunities that allow LGBTQ+ people in Greater Manchester to thrive. We support their vision for a world where LGBTQ+ people are free to live and love without prejudice, something that strongly aligns with our own values and ethics.
Find out more about our support for Manchester Pride Festival and the LGBTQ+ community.
We believe that doing good and doing good business go hand in hand.
This is why, as an ethical bank dedicated to building stronger communities, we give the opportunity for registered charities, community interest companies, co-operatives, and credit unions to apply for funding from our Customer Donation Fund twice a year when they sign up to our Community Directplus Current Account.
We’ve remained committed to the planet by tackling the climate crisis over the past 30 years — and we’re not stopping any time soon.
We were created to give people a fairer deal— guided by our unique, customer-led Ethical Policy, we’ll always take action on the issues that matter most to our customers.
Since 1872 we’ve been committed to our co-operative values and ethics, which are still fundamental to who we are today.
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