Triodos has a social mission engrained in its statute. Article 2 of its Articles of Association which sets out the objectives of the company state that:
"With the exercising of banking business, the company aims to contribute to social renewal, based on the principle that every human being should be able to develop in freedom, has equal rights and is responsible for the consequences of his economic actions for fellow human beings and for the earth. All in the widest sense of the word."
Smile, which is part of the Co-operative Bank, is carbon-positive, they generate their own power, and tailor their ethical policy to the needs of their customers. At the moment this includes avoiding indiscriminate weapons manufacturers, companies that impede access to drinking water or vital medicines, or those that extract or produce fossil fuels.
Some of these banks also offer quite competitive ethical savings accounts.
Competitive Ethical Savings Accounts
If you compare the best high interest savings accounts Triodos bank are currently sitting alongside some of the better known banks for its online savings account offering which currently gives savers 2.50% AER. The rate includes 1.50% bonus for 12 months and savings start as little as £1.
Why invest in an ethical savings account?
Triodos, only lend money to people and organisations making a positive impact - culturally, socially and environmentally.
Huw Davies, head of personal banking at Triodos Bank, commented: 'As the world becomes increasingly smaller, with 24 hour news channels broadcasting both negative and positive activities of global companies, people are more informed than ever about the impacts of their purchasing and investment choices.
'And we know from the increasing number of customers choosing to save with us that people are beginning to take a more conscious approach to their finances and realise the power of their money for good.
"Recent years have seen a rise in ethical consumerism, from fair trade coffee, to green electricity. Increasingly, and especially since the summer's banking scandals, the public is also asking questions of their banks and other financial providers. How are they run, what are they investing in and what are they doing with their savers' money. Ethical banking and investment offers an alternative, so that customers know their money is not doing harm, while still generating a decent return."
Our ethical investment survey backs up this view, where nealy 60% of investors strongly agreed that they would like their money to do some good as well as provide a return.
Triodos also offer a range of sustainable savings accounts such as the Organic Saver (part of the Triodos Charity Saver range) and is run in partnership with the Soil Association who are the UK’s leading environmental charity campaigning for a global shift to sustainable, organic food and farming practices.