The Co-operative Bank’s got talent (and ethics)
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My new years resolution this year, to green up my life a little bit more, was to switch to ethical banking.
I opened up a Triodos savings account for Little Miss Green and switched to the Co-operative and Smile for myself.
Today I heard that the Co-operative bank have won the Which? Award for being Best Financial Services Provider, which is a fantastic achievement.
Just to show they are a ‘little bit different’ through and through, the Co-operative decided that instead of sending their customers a traditional ‘thank you’ note (which, after all would require paper, envelopes and transportation to get to us) they would have a bit of fun and share their celebratory mood by singing us a song.
The Co-operative Bank is still the only UK high street bank with a customer-led Ethical Policy and it’s great to see them being recognised for all that they do.
There is a fear during an economic crisis that people look to cutting costs and getting whatever is ‘cheap’. However, it would seem that people are valuing ethics more and more, so the Co-operative have managed to not only survive, but thrive during the recession by attracting more customers.
I must admit, the less money I have, the more I want to ensure it goes to the right place. It would seem I’m not alone with this way of thinking.
Simple green step
All I can say from experience is that the switch over procedure to the Co-operative bank was painless and hassle free. Every time I’ve needed to speak to somebody I get to talk to a real person who is polite and able to deal with my query quickly and efficiently. And of course, I can sleep in my bed at night knowing that my money is no longer being used to fund arms, exploit people or support organisations which harm the environment.
We all have to use banks, so it makes sense to use one whom we can trust to invest our money ethically. It’s a very simple green step to take.
And now, take a minute out of your day to celebrate with the Co-operative as they show their thanks to their customers. They might not know how to sing, but they do know how to deal with money!
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