The Co-operative Bank calls on consumers to withdraw their money from fossil fuel finance

The Co-operative Bank calls on consumers to withdraw their money from fossil fuel finance

Withdraw From This.

The Co-operative Bank is lifting the lid on the issue of fossil fuel finance through a new campaign that urges people to ‘Withdraw From This’ in an effort to tackle the climate crisis.

Produced by creative agency DENTSU CREATIVE, the ad shows a customer taking money out of an ATM. As they do, the walls of the bank crumble away to reveal the journey their bank notes have been on. They flutter through scenes of worldwide devastation caused by the fossil fuel industry, before finally being dispensed into the customer’s hands.

“Do you know where your bank invests your money?” says the voiceover. “It could be logging in the Amazon. Or coal-fired power stations. It’s time to Withdraw From This.”

The advert ends by calling on people to join The Co-operative Bank – a bank that hasn’t financed fossil fuel production for over 20 years.

The ad was captured in a public environment, using world-first projection mapping techniques to stop passers-by in their tracks with striking images.

The campaign, which is running across TV, VOD, OOH, digital and social, positions The Co-operative Bank as ‘The bank you can hold to account’. The campaign will run for 3 months, launching on 21st September until 14th December.

The Co-operative Bank is currently the only UK high street bank with a customer-led Ethical Policy, which means that its customers’ values shapes who the bank finances. The most recent poll of 50,000 customers revealed climate change is still their number one concern. As a result, The Co-operative Bank does not provide banking services to any company involved in the fossil fuel industry.

To support the new campaign, The Co-operative Bank is urging consumers to visit Bank.Green, a growing movement that aims to put pressure on banks to divest from fossil fuels. Concerned customers can use the site to find out more about the fossil fuel investment practices of their current bank, then sign up to pledge that they will not fund fossil fuels by moving their money away from climate crisis funders.

Last year, The Co-operative Bank was awarded the best ESG score (Environmental, Social and Governance) of any UK high street bank for the second consecutive year, by ESG ratings agency Sustainalytics.

In addition, The Co-operative Bank is an Ambassador of Zero Hour, the campaign to see the Climate and Ecology Bill become law. This Private Member’s Bill sets out a plan to address the full extent of the climate and nature crisis in the UK.

Deborah Darlington, brand, marketing and communications director at The Co-operative Bank, said: “Guided by our customer-led Ethical Policy, we’ve made sure that sustainability is at the heart of everything we do as a bank. It’s why we haven’t provided any financing to the fossil fuel industry for over two decades.

“However, it’s clear that many other banks lack this level of transparency. With this campaign, we want to draw attention to the fact that many people think about what they spend their money on as an ethical choice, but they don’t consider who they bank with and where they put their money is of equal importance. It’s a significant message that could have a big impact in tackling climate change, which is why we’re urging people to withdraw from this and back the sustainable banking movement.”

Tom Prendergast and Joe Stamp, senior Ccatives at DENTSU CREATIVE, said: “People don’t think about where money goes once it’s in the bank. We wanted to reveal that it can finance terrible things. So, we tore down the wall, to show people the unsettling truth happening behind the scenes.”


Client: The Co-operative Bank
Advertising agency: Dentsu Creative
Media agency:
Hearts & Science
Chief creative officer: 
Simon Lloyd
Creative directors:
Sara Pouri
reatives: Tom Prendergast and Joe Stamp
Managing partner:
Julie Chadwick
Senior account manager:
Nicola Steel
Head of strategy:
Tony Evans
Agency producer:
Lou Bent
Production company:
 Unit 9
Ant Rubinstein
Jaime Jarvis
Adam Farley
Post-production company:
Absolute X Blind Pig
Ollie Burn
Matt Turner
Creative Director & Motion
Graphics Artist:
Sean Cooper Motion
Graphics Artist:
Nelson De Sousa
VFX Artist:
Chris Tobin
Sound Designer:
Joe Marsden
Executive Producer:
Jenna Le Noury
Senior Post Producers:
Rosanne Crisp, Dan Love
Production Assistant:
Yasmin Tilly

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