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The Green Investing Handbook: A detailed investment guide to the technologies and companies involved in the sustainability revolution by Nick Hanna

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Green and ethical banks

The Co-operative Bank

The Co-operative Bank offers a range of services including high street banking, online banking through its Smile subsidiary (www.smile.co.uk), mortgages, credit cards and loans. Other financial services available from the group include pensions, insurance and unit trusts (see Green Funds). The Co-operative has a long-standing commitment to ethical, environmental and community issues. Its banking division is the only UK clearing bank to publish an ethical policy, which it has been doing since 1992 (since the policy was launched, the Co-op has turned down over £1bn in unsuitable loans). The Co-op has managed retail funds for around 20 years and currently has over £18bn under management: it is the ...

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