Students chalk-up green investment skills in bid to save the planet

October 18, 2011

Young people are keen to become class acts when it comes to the saving the planet, according to a survey published by The Co-operative Banking Group.

More than 80% of young people felt that it is important to learn about green issues in school, 96% are worried about people damaging the planet and, over two-thirds actively encourage or persuade their parents to do more to help to save the planet.

The findings coincide with the launch of The Co-operative Bank’s ‘Fair Shares Ethical Investment Challenge’ - forming part of its Skills4Schools programme, it is a free resource for schools designed to awaken students’ consciousness about how future investment choices can also have positive influences on green matters.

Melissa Sanigar, Community Specialist at The Co-operative Banking Group – which includes; The Co-operative Bank, Britannia, The Co-operative Insurance and Smile, the internet bank, said: “The Co-operative is committed to championing improved financial capability amongst young people, sharing its own financial know-how which is rooted in its principles of value, fairness and social responsibility.

“Equipping young people with the skills and confidence to make good financial decisions is a crucial part of preparing students to leave school. This new resource is designed to empower young people to be more financially aware and, demonstrates that they do have a choice in deciding who they do business with.”

Fair Shares was developed in partnership with Cambridge-Hitachi and Multiple Learning Solutions and piloted at The Co-operative Academy of Manchester (Higher Blackley, Manchester). It is described as a fast-paced, competitive team game based on the concept of responsible and values-based investing.

Its launch coincides with National Ethical Investment Week - a campaign to ensure that everyone knows that they have green and ethical options when it comes to their finance and investment decisions.

Fair Shares can be played in small teams within a class or year group. It includes teacher notes, curriculum opportunities and, is designed with flexible delivery in mind. School’s interested in finding out more can access the free resource at More information about National Ethical Investment week – which runs between 16 – 22 October (2011) – is available at


Editor Notes:

About The Co-operative Banking Group

The Co-operative Banking Group, formerly known as The Co-operative Financial Services, is the banking and insurance arm of The Co-operative Group, which is the world’s largest consumer co-operative with six million members, over £13.7 billion turnover, and core business interests in financial services, food, travel, pharmacy and funeral care. The Co-operative Group has over 5,000 retail trading outlets.

Following the merger with Britannia on 1 August 2009, the organisation is one of the largest and most highly diversified mutual businesses operating in both retail and corporate markets.

As part of The Co-operative Group, the business is characterised by its unique ethical and member reward policies and very high levels of customer advocacy.

The Co-operative Banking Group has £70 billion in assets, 12,000 staff and 9,000,000 customers. It has over 300 high street branches, 20 corporate banking centres and major presences in Manchester, Leek, London, Plymouth, Skelmersdale and Stockport.

It is the only mutual organisation that enables its members to earn financial rewards for the products they hold, as well as giving them the opportunity to have a say in how the business is run.


For Further information contact:
Andrew Torr
The Co-operative Group Press Office
Telephone: 0161 827 5622.