The bank that makes your money work for people

The GLS Bank was the first social and ecological bank in Germany. GLS stands for "Gemeinschaftsbank für Leihen und Schenken", which translates as "community bank for loans and gifts". The bank was founded in 1974. With your money we can support a variety of projects and businesses like independent schools and kindergartens, organic farms, institutions using therapeutic pedagogy, nursing homes, projects for the unemployed, health-food stores and communal living projects, as well as sustainable businesses.

Do you know what happens with your money?

You choose

When you open an account with the GLS Bank, it is you who chooses which high-growth sector your money gets put in to. We follow strict criteria when it comes to investing your money.


For the GLS Bank, sustainability means to protect natural resources and to show responsibility for future



Banking activities are based on trust. That is the reason why we publish details of companies financed by the GLS.

Current account

Withdraw cash free from any fees from all cooperative banks and savings banks. Do your banking transactions at any time online, via phone or even on the move, with the GLS app. Find your closest cash machine.

GLS Bank equity funds

Our investment philosophy: long-term and global equity investments in sustainable companies. We follow a fair cost structure.


Help shape the Bank’s future and receive an annual return of one to three percent. (In accordance to resolution of annual general meeting)

Of course, we also offer all other services you would expect a modern bank to offer.

It is easy to open an account

1. We will guide you through your application quickly and clearly at:öffnung

2. Provide proof of identity directly via webcam or at a post office.

3. Then use our straightforward online account switching service to let the relevant third parties know your new account details.


Our team will be pleased to assist you.

+49 234 5797 100

Monday to Thursday from 08:30 to 19:00 hours

and Friday from 08:30 - 16:00 hours


You can also send an email to


If you wish to meet us in person come to one of our German branch offices in Berlin, Hamburg, Bochum, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, München, Freiburg.