The Co-operative Bank

The Co-operative Bank is an award winning customer-led bank born from the co-operative movement over 145 years ago. Founded on the co-operative values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equity, equality and solidarity, they’ve been pioneering a different way of banking ever since.

The Co-operative Bank’s unique banking approach means their offer is compelling to many different types of SME businesses, whether a pioneering start-up, sole trader, a caring community-focused charity or forward-thinking co-operative. They look after the banking needs of 85,000 SMEs, 750 co-operatives, 5,000 charities, and 218 credit unions. In 2018, 49% of business deposits and 73% of business lending was to customers whose organisations are considered to be operating in positive sectors including co-operatives and mutuals, community, charitable, environmental and social organisations and public services.

But for The Co-operative Bank, being an ethical bank is about more than who they provide banking services to. Ethical banking is all about actively supporting businesses and organisations that have aligned values and ethics to those of their customers. And it’s about designing products and services that reflect these shared values and ethics in the way they treat their customers which include ensuring they;

  • Are a responsible bank that treats customers fairly

  • Promote economic and social development in the North West and the rest of the UK

  • Help protect the environment

Search Co-operative Bank Ethics to find out more.