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  • This not too far removed from how the Co-Operative Bank [] started in the UK. The bank was largely started as an extension to the ideals started by local co-operative societies [] in the North West of England. Many of those societies were started by the local workers from mining and milling towns. The bank today now has a very strong ethical policy for anyone joining the bank, which has its origins in the way the societies wanted fair trade. Even businesses must sign an agreement before they can open an account and can have their accounts closed if they break the agreement (see Controversy under this link []).

    The biggest difference is that the bank isn't owned by the members directly. However, Birmingham Perl Mongers have been quite happy with the Co-Operative looking after our funds for several years now, as they look very favourably on non-profit organisations like ourselves :)