We are committed to acting in a way that helps individuals to live freely, equitably, and safely.
This includes how we treat our customers and colleagues, and our support for human rights and equality across the world. That’s why, alongside our trusted partners, we’re proud to drive positive social development and campaign for change.
We’ll always take action on the issues that matter most to our customers, such as homelessness and domestic abuse — standing up for those who need it the most.
Determined through our ethical screening process, we will not provide banking services to any organisation, government, or business that:
to making sure the organisations we serve do not conflict with our ethical commitments.
to drive meaningful change with our partners, particularly on issues such as human rights and equality.
At The Co-operative Bank, we believe that no young person in our society should be homeless or at risk of homelessness. That's why we've been working with Centrepoint, the UK's leading youth homelessness charity, since 2017.
With the help of our customers and colleagues, we've raised over £2 million so far to help fund initiatives including the Centrepoint Helpline, which offers support to young people across the UK.
Supporting human rights is something that has always mattered to our customers and colleagues. Because of this, it’s a commitment we’ve included in our Ethical Policy since its launch in 1992.
This is also the same year that we began working with Amnesty International UK — the world’s largest grassroots human rights organisation. Over the years, we’ve stood alongside them as they’ve fought for people facing injustice and inequality; supporting their Rise Up programme to develop the next generation of human rights activists, as well as their annual Write for Rights campaign.
In 2020 we launched our ‘Know Economic Abuse’ campaign with domestic violence charity, Refuge, to raise awareness and gain more of an understanding of the true scale of economic abuse in the UK.
We also formed a five-point plan of action to increase the support available to those experiencing this type of abuse, and help prevent it from happening — something which we continue to campaign for.
In 2016, we were one of the first companies in the UK to sign up to the Women in Finance Charter. Led by HM Treasury, the initiative aims to improve career progression for women, and ensure that all employees — regardless of gender — have the opportunity to rise to the top when working in the finance sector.
As an organisation with strong roots in supporting gender equality, The Co-operative Bank strives to continue building a fairer gender balance. In 2020, we successfully reached our target to increase female representation in our senior leadership to 40%, and are committed to pushing this to at least 45%by the end of 2023.
In line with our co-operative values, we demand a fairer society. This is why we will continue to support the co-operative movement, and help small businesses to thrive.
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.
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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