Ethical Current Accounts

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The term "ethical" means different things to different people. If you are looking for a ethical current account you will probably expect it to be with a bank that has an ethical policy with regards to how it lends money and to whom.

 

If you are searching for an ethical current account may wish to ensure that their money is not used to finance anything that may be seen as morally questionable or environmentally damaging. In this respect the bank should have a clear policy on lending and the criteria it applies to ensure that its principles are not compromised.

 

There are not many banks that provide current account facilities that operate along these lines in the UK. The largest bank who do are The Co-operative Bank who offer a range of current accounts depending on your needs. See below for further details:

 AccountInterest (AER)Overdraft RateFunding Required*Fee pmFeaturesApply
1.00%*9.90%**Nil£13With a Privilege Premier current account, you can choose any one of the three additional benefits packages provided by Lifestyle Services Group Limited and insured by London General Insurance Company Limited at no extra charge – giving you the flexibility to shape your account to suit you.Apply Now >

*Current account is linked automatically to Savings Account that pays interest.

**Authorised overdraft rate. Unauthorised rate 15.90% EAR.

Representative example: If you use a authorised overdraft limit of £1,200 the interest rate charged will be 9.9% EAR (variable).

If you are looking for an ethical savings account you do have a greater choice of provider. As well as the co-operative Bank you should also consider Triodos Bank and The Ecology Building Society for instant access and fixed rate savings bond deals.

 

Use the table below to compare other current account deals:


 

Latest Current Account Deals
 AccountInterest (AER)Overdraft RateFunding Required*Fee pmFeaturesApply
N/A0% for first £250No minimumFree if funding £1,000 or £10 below £1,000£100 for switching into account. £250 interest free overdraft. Free banking if paying over £1,000 per month. £100 if not satisfied after 6 monthsMore Info >

First Direct 1st Current Account

  • A current account that works together with your life
  • Switch your current account and you'll get £100
  • £250 free of overdraft interest
  • Comes with satisfaction guarantee - if you're not happy you'll get £100
  • Mobile banking on the go with app for iPhone, Android and iPad
  • Beautifully designed Internet Banking service
  • Award winning customer service from real people answering your calls, 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • 1st Account Banking with Britain's most recommended bank (Source: GfK NOP FRS, 6 months ending May 2015.) 
  • Must be 18 or older
  • Must pay a minimum of £1,000 into the account each month to qualify for free banking and £100 offers
N/a*£8**No minimum£19*Instead of interest you receive 2% rewards on 7 types of household bills if paid by Direct Debit, plus extra benefits including free Worldwide travel insurance, UK breakdown cover and mobile phone insurance.More Info >
NatWest Reward Platinum Current Account

  • Instead of interest you receive 2% off 7 types of household bills if paid by Direct Debit
  • On average NatWest customers earn £83 in Rewards per year. Based on monthly bills of £345 excluding the monthly £19 fee.
  • Includes many lifestyle benefits such as Worldwide multi trip travel insurance, UK car breakdown cover, mobile phone insurance & tastecard membership. Account terms & conditions apply
  • Access account anytime with 24-hour UK call centres, Online Banking and Mobile Banking app

  • Must be 18 or older
  • £19 monthly fee
  • ** Unplanned Overdraft Fee £8.00 daily, charged on unarranged overdrafts greater than £10 (maximum of £72 in any charging period). Monthly maximum charge for all unarranged fees: £80

 

N/a*£8**No minimum£12*Instead of interest you receive 2% rewards on 7 types of household bills if paid by Direct Debit, plus extra benefits including free European travel insurance and mobile phone insurance. More Info >
NatWest Reward Silver Current Account

  • Instead of interest you receive 2% off 7 types of household bills if paid by Direct Debit
  • On average NatWest customers earn £83 in Rewards per year. Based on monthly bills of £345 excluding the monthly £12 fee.
  • Includes many lifestyle benefits such as European multi trip travel insurance, preferential rates on travel money, mobile phone insurance & tastecard membership. Account terms & conditions apply
  • Ticket booking service, receive 25% cashback on tickets for theatre, dance, opera, concerts and more
  • Access account anytime with 24-hour UK call centres, Online Banking and Mobile Banking app

  • Must be 18 or older
  • £12 monthly fee
  • ** Unplanned Overdraft Fee £8.00 daily, charged on unarranged overdrafts greater than £10 (maximum of £72 in any charging period). Monthly maximum charge for all unarranged fees: £80

 

N/a*£8**No minimum£2*Instead of interest you receive 2% rewards on 7 types of household bills if paid by Direct Debit. More Info >
NatWest Reward Current Account

  • Instead of interest you receive 2% off 7 types of household bills if paid by Direct Debit
  • On average NatWest customers earn £83 in Rewards per year. Based on monthly bills of £345 excluding the monthly £2 fee.
  • Access account anytime with 24-hour UK call centres, Online Banking and Mobile Banking app

  • Must be 18 or older
  • £2 monthly fee
  • ** Unplanned Overdraft Fee £8.00 daily, charged on unarranged overdrafts greater than £10 (maximum of £72 in any charging period). Monthly maximum charge for all unarranged fees: £80

 

N/A£8**N/AN/AEarn a minimum of 1% of your spend at participating retailers with CashBack Plus. More Info >

NatWest Select Current Account

  • No monthly fee
  • Visa Debit card
  • Earn rewards when you use your debit card at selected retailers with CashBack Plus
  • Access to emergency cash if you lose your debit card (limits apply)
  • Manage your account online or on your mobile
  • Free text alerts to help you keep track of your spending
  • Must be 18 or older
  • ** Unplanned Overdraft Fee £8.00 daily, charged on unarranged overdrafts greater than £10 (maximum of £72 in any charging period). Monthly maximum charge for all unarranged fees: £80
N/A£8**N/AN/AEarn a minimum of 1% of your spend at participating retailers with CashBack Plus. More Info >

Royal Bank of Scotland Select Current Account

  • No monthly fee
  • Visa Debit card
  • Earn rewards when you use your debit card at selected retailers with CashBack Plus 
  • Access to emergency cash if you lose your debit card (limits apply)
  • Manage your account online or on your mobile 
  • Free text alerts to help you keep track of your spending
  • Must be 18 or older
  • ** Unplanned Overdraft Fee £8.00 daily, charged on unarranged overdrafts greater than £10 (maximum of £72 in any charging period). Monthly maximum charge for all unarranged fees: £80