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June 1, 2010

Co-op Bank turns down £100m of unethical business

by Gill Montia

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The Co-operative Bank rejected £100 million of business in 2009 as prospective commercial customers failed to comply with the mutual’s ethical policy.

Issues surrounding human rights and the weapons trade scuppered 20 potential deals.

A further 16 potential customers were turned away because of their environmental impact, and four fell foul of bank’s animal welfare concerns.

However, the lender managed to distribute £8.3 billion to UK businesses in 2009 and companies with an ethical, environmental or co-operative ethos accounted for 25% of loans and overdrafts and more than half of the bank’s commercial deposits.


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