The Co-operative bank is doubling the money for Wateraid and Greenpeace

September 09, 2011

The Co-operative Bank is giving £30 for every WaterAid and Greenpeace credit card* that is opened during September.

Greenpeace and WaterAid offer standard credit cards to supporters, with both receiving £15 for every account opened, but during September this will double to £30.

WaterAid, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, has raised more than £245,000 through its partnership with The Co-operative Bank since the credit card launch in 2002.

WaterAid’s Corporate Account Manager, Susie Henderson said: “This doubling of donations during September is going to enable WaterAid to transform the lives of twice the number of people. It costs just £15 to provide someone with access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene so everyone involved is making a real difference.”

Similarly, Greenpeace, a partner since 1997, has raised a whopping £1.6 million through its credit card based on the plastic PETG which enables The Co-operative Bank to eliminate the chlorine and toxic chemicals that are contained in standard PVC credit and debit cards.

Colin Welby, Head of Partnerships at The Co-operative Bank, said: “We are delighted to offer supporters of Greenpeace and WaterAid the opportunity to support their charity of choice on an ongoing basis while carrying on with their normal spending habits.“

The Co-operative Bank and Britannia, part of The Co-operative Financial Services are the largest providers of affinity products in Europe, with strong partnerships with a diverse range of charities and premiership football clubs.


For further information, or to arrange interviews or photography, please contact:
Alejandra Solis / Nuala Ryan
The Co-operative Financial Services Press Office
Tel: 0161 903 4407
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*Full Standard Credit Card detail (Both Greenpeace and WaterAid):

• To apply you must be aged 18 years or over
• be a UK resident
• have a minimum income of £10,000 or more
• 0% on purchases and balance transfers* fixed for six months
• Reverts to a rate of 18.9% APR representative / variable after six months
• Up to 46 days interest free credit if balance is paid in full by the due date
• A balance transfer fee of 3% of transfer value is applicable during promotional rate periods only (minimum of £5)
• The charity receives £15 for every account opened
• An additional £2.50 is received by the charities if the card is used within six months, plus 25p for every £100 spent using the card
• Plus you’ll benefit from a 5% discount on a wide range of holidays purchased through the Co-operative Travel with your Co-operative Bank credit card
• Representative example: The advance of credit of £1,200 at an interest rate of 18.9% variable per annum will result in a rate of 18.9% APR representative / variable.


About The Co-operative Financial Services

The Co-operative Financial Services (CFS) is part of The Co-operative Group, which is the world’s largest consumer co-operative with around five million members, over £14 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 Building Society on 1 August 2009 CFS is one of the largest and well diversified mutual businesses operating in both retail and corporate markets.

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

The combined business has £70 billion in assets, 12,000 staff and nine million customers. It has over 300 high street branches, 20 corporate banking centres and a major presence in Manchester, London, Leek, Bristol, 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.


About WaterAid

WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. The international organisation works in 26 countries across Africa, Asia and the Pacific region to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities. Over the past 30 years, WaterAid has reached almost 16 million people with safe water and, since 2004, over 11 million people with sanitation. For more information, visit, follow @wateraid on Twitter or visit us on Facebook at

• At least 4,000 children die every day as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation.
• 884 million people in the world do not have access to safe water. This is roughly one in eight of the world's population.
• 2.6 billion people in the world do not have access to adequate sanitation, this is almost two fifths of the world's population.
• For every $1 invested in water and sanitation, $8 is returned in increased productivity.
• Just £15 can enable one person to access safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation.