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Social Impact

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Social Impact

We have a double bottom line strategy where social impact is as important to us as financial sustainability. Our social purpose is embedded with the way do business and we want to be transparent about how we achieve our social aims. Each year we report on the social impact we create with our customers, staff  and communities as well as how we are lending to create social change and adopting business practices that help us to be a responsible member of the banking industry.

Read Our Social Impact 2016 to find out about our latest achievements.


We use our customer deposits to fund loans which create clear social impacts. This includes creating and preserving housing, jobs, community assets and office space that makes real changes to people’s lives.

Our borrowers are making a difference to the individuals, families and communities that they support by investing in the assets and resources needed to achieve their goals.

We believe it is important that our customers and stakeholders understand how we use deposits to achieve social change – details of all the loans we make can be found on our lending map.

Unity in the Community

To celebrate our 25th anniversary in 2009, we launched our Unity in the Community initiative. This gives each member of staff five paid volunteering days per year to take part in volunteering and fundraising for charities and community organisations across the UK.

Not only does this benefit local communities and the people they support, it also provides valuable practical experience for the staff, which enhances their understanding and knowledge of the social economy sector.

To see our latest volunteering activities, visit the Unity in the Community page.

Why is social impact important to us?

Unity was founded in 1984 to be a different kind of bank – one concerned with the creation of the common good and not principally influenced by the profit motive, and we continue to live by these values today.

Read our full Mission, Vision and Values to learn more about our history.