April 30, 2018

CULedger Joins World Council

MADISON, Wis. — The World Council of Credit Unions Board of Directors unanimously approved the membership application for CULedger in the first quarter of 2018.

April 26, 2018

Early Bird Deadline Approaching for World Credit Union Conference

MADISON, Wis. — Time is running out to take advantage of early bird registration savings for World Council of Credit Unions' 2018 World Credit Union Conference in Singapore, 15–18 July. The registration fee will increase US$200 per attendee after 11 May.

April 25, 2018

World Council Urges Increased Private-Sector Input During Anti-Money Laundering Evaluations to Reduce Regulatory Burden

VIENNA — World Council of Credit Unions (World Council) engaged the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) during the FATF’s Private Sector Consultative Forum held April 23-24, 2018 at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna to urge increased engagement with the private sector during evaluations of national anti-money laundering/countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) regulations. The FATF, which is based in Paris, France, is the global standard setting body for AML/CFT rules and conducts periodic “mutual evaluations” of national-level AML/CFT supervision. The FATF’s mutual evaluation of the United States of America’s Bank Secrecy Act regulations and guidance is expected to begin this summer.

April 23, 2018

Kazakhstan Agro-Industrial Association Joins World Council

MADISON, Wis. — The World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) Board of Directors unanimously approved the membership application for the Credit Unions of Agro-Industrial Association of Kazakhstan in the first quarter of 2018. 

April 16, 2018

World Council now offers online learning courses

MADISON, Wis. – The World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) announces new online learning programs, bolstering organized, educational offerings for its members and the global credit union community.

April 11, 2018

World Council of Credit Unions named to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors

MADISON, Wis. — The World Council of Credit Unions has been named to the National Registry of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Sponsors, offered by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). The status of a registered sponsor affirms the commitment to the delivery of high quality continuing professional education in compliance with the program requirements of the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, as well as the Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programs published jointly by NASBA and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

April 05, 2018

The Global Classroom: Experience, Enlighten, Excel

MADISON, Wis. — The World Council of Credit Unions has restructured its menu of educational opportunities under the umbrella of The Global Classroom Initiative. This new format expands opportunities for credit union professionals to explore impactful initiatives, establish international relationships and address the shared challenges facing financial cooperatives around the world. Encompassing a variety of educational and networking activities - including immersion and e-learning programs, regional workshops, mini-summits, youth leadership exchanges and partnership collaboration – The Global Classroom creates a unique environment for learning and networking.

March 27, 2018

European Parliamentarians Support Regulatory Relief for Credit Unions

BRUSSELS — The European Parliament Credit Union Interest Group met on 27 March with the European Network of Credit Unions to hold a Round Table Discussion on the Banking Reform Package and Exempted entities and ways to provide regulatory relief for credit unions.  Credit unions currently operate in a number of European countries including the Republic of Ireland, Estonia, Romania, Poland, the United Kingdom and Macedonia.  They contribute to the European social economy by supporting thousands of communities and more than 7 million European households with financial services.

March 08, 2018

Press for Progress on International Women's Day

MADISON, WI -  "Major headwinds are shifting the conversation. Both your credit union members and talent pool are watching, making banking decisions and career choices to engage with organizations that align their values with your actions," said Calyn Ostrowski, executive director of World Council's Global Women's Leadership Network during last week's breakfast at CUNA's Governmental Affairs Conference.

March 04, 2018

Skinner, Jervis y Kaufman encabezarán la Conferencia Mundial de Cooperativas de Ahorro y Crédito 2018

MADISON, Wis. - El Consejo Mundial de Cooperativas de Ahorro y Crédito ha confirmado a tres conferencistas de renombre mundial para la Conferencia Mundial de Cooperativas de Ahorro y Crédito 2018, el principal evento mundial para las cooperativas de ahorro y crédito del 15 al 18 de julio en Singapur. Se espera que más de 1.600 ejecutivos de cooperativas de ahorro y crédito de 60 países asistan a la conferencia, que se centrará en el fintech, la transición digital, el recorrido del socio y más.

March 04, 2018

Skinner, Jervis and Kaufman to Headline 2018 World Credit Union Conference

MADISON, Wis. — World Council of Credit Unions has secured three world-renowned speakers for the 2018 World Credit Union Conference — the premier global event for credit unions —15–18 July, in Singapore. More than 1,600 credit union executives from 60 countries are expected to attend the conference, which will focus on fintech, digital transition, customer journey, and more.

March 01, 2018

Anderson Encourages Global Women to Burn Bright

WASHINGTON, D.C. - “Instead of burnout, I hope that women will have the ability to burn bright,” said Kristen Soltis Anderson, keynote speaker and co-founder of Echelon Insights and author of The Selfie Vote. “Young women are interested in being a good parent, professional and partner. So, the belief that I can be anything has turned into I can be everything,” said Anderson, speaking to 200 attendees at the World Council’s Global Women’s Leadership Network breakfast on February 28 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. 

February 14, 2018

Nominations Open for World Council Young Credit Union Professionals Scholarship

MADISON, Wis. — World Council of Credit Unions seeks nominations from its member organizations for the World Council Young Credit Union Professionals (WYCUP) scholarship program, an international networking and educational opportunity for emerging credit union leaders. Nominations are due May 31, 2018. Scholarship awards and the WYCUP program will take place at the 2018 World Credit Union Conference, July 15-18, 2018, in Singapore. New this year, the Diversity & Inclusion conference track is dedicated to leveraging opportunities to promote professional development for young leaders. Up to five recipients will be awarded WYCUP scholarships for an all-expense-paid trip to the 2019 World Credit Union Conference.

February 04, 2018

New Executive Director Takes Lead at Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions

MADISON, Wis. — The Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions onboards a new Executive Director.

January 29, 2018

Inscripción abierta para la Conferencia Mundial de Cooperativas de Ahorro y Crédito 2018

MADISON, Wis. - El Consejo Mundial de Cooperativas de Ahorro y Crédito abrió el registro para la Conferencia Mundial de Cooperativas de Ahorro y Crédito que se celebrará del 15 al 18 de julio en Singapur. Asista al principal evento global de educación y creación de redes para las cooperativas de ahorro y crédito ofrecido por la industria de servicios financieros. Para obtener más información y para registrarse, visite www.wcuc.org.

January 16, 2018

Nominations Open for World Council’s Distinguished Service Award

MADISON, Wis. — Nominations are open for the World Council of Credit Unions 2018 Distinguished Service Award (DSA). The prestigious award honors individuals and organizations that have provided outstanding service to credit union development outside their home country. DSA winners will be presented at the 2018 World Credit Union Conference, July 15-18, 2018, in Singapore.

January 08, 2018

Association Nationale des Caisses Populaires Haitiennes Joins World Council

MADISON, Wis. — The World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) Board of Directors unanimously approved the membership application for the Association Nationale des Caisses Populaires Haitiennes (ANACAPH) in the last quarter of 2017. 

January 04, 2018

Registration Open for the World Credit Union Conference

MADISON, Wis. — World Council of Credit Unions has opened registration for the annual World Credit Union Conference to be held 15–18 July in Singapore. Attend the premier global credit union education and networking event offered by the financial services industry. For more information and to register visit www.wcuc.org

November 27, 2017

World Council’s Caribbean Relief Fund Raises Over $100,000

MADISON, Wis – The World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) will answer the call to help Dominica Credit Union League after the major devastation following Hurricanes Maria and Irma, two of the strongest storms ever to hit the Caribbean. 

November 20, 2017

Executive Readiness Summit Acts to Solve Female Pipeline Problem

CHICAGO—The World Council of Credit Unions’ Global Women’s Leadership Network held its first annual Executive Readiness Summit Nov. 13-15, 2017, intent on cultivating more women for leadership positions within credit unions.

November 07, 2017

European Parliamentarians Support Increasing Credit Union Business Lending

BRUSSELS — The European Parliament Credit Union Interest Group met on 7 November with the European Network of Credit Unions to discuss how the European Union can promote increased business lending to small and medium-enterprises by credit unions. Credit unions have a long history of business lending in Europe beginning in the 1850s with agricultural loans. Today, European credit unions have billions of Euros in available lending capacity that can be used to provide credit to small and medium-sized businesses in a number of European Union member states.

October 10, 2017

World Council Onboards New Talent

MADISON, Wis and WASHINGTON - The World Council of Credit Unions expands its team with new hires in international development, donor relations and finance.

October 02, 2017

Polish-Ukrainian Cross Border Cooperation Fosters Dialogue on Credit Union Systems

WARSAW, Poland – A first of its kind, high level study tour of Poland’s credit union system for Ukrainian government and parliamentarian representatives was organized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID’s) Credit for Agriculture Producers (CAP) Project implemented by the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), in partnership with the National Association of Cooperative Savings and Credit Unions (NACSCU) and the Foundation for Cooperative Education (FCE) in mid-September. The Ukrainian delegation learned from Polish experience in credit union market regulation in the context of Poland’s legal and regulatory environment.

September 14, 2017

World Council Activates Caribbean Relief Fund

MADISON, Wis - Hurricane Irma, one of the strongest storms ever to hit the Caribbean brought devastation, loss of life and damage of “epic proportions”. Anguilla, Barbuda and Tortola have experienced major devastation. The Bahamas and St. Kitts and Nevis were also impacted but to a lesser degree.

August 07, 2017

Credit for Agriculture Producers Project Hosts Engagement Visit for International Credit Union Experts

KIEV, Ukraine — The Credit for Agriculture Producers (CAP) Project in the Ukraine organized and hosted an engagement visit for international credit union experts, composed of members of World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and the Global Women’s Leadership Network to Ukraine from July 28 to August 2. Representatives of two national credit union associations, the All-Ukrainian Credit Union Association (AUCUA) and the Ukrainian National Association of Savings and Credit Unions (UNASCU), the credit union sector Regulator in Kiev and local credit unions from several regions in Ukraine participated in the events. The visit was led by Brian Branch, World Council president and CEO and Ewa Sierzynska, the CAP Project’s Chief of Party.  

July 27, 2017

Brand Consultant Empowers Through Purposeful Storytelling

VIENNA, Austria — Simon Mainwaring, leading brand consultant and founder of We First, Inc. embraced the audience through purposeful storytelling and building brand reputation during the last general session of the 2017 World Credit Union Conference.

July 26, 2017

Leading Shark Talks Cyber Security

VIENNA, Austria — Robert Herjavec, founder of Herjavec Group, a global leader in information security and a leading shark on ABC television network’s show Shark Tank, addressed delegates at the general session at the World Credit Union Conference on Tuesday, 25 July, sharing insight and experiences on rising cyber security threats.

July 25, 2017

World Council Board Takes Office

VIENNA, Austria — Brian McCrory has been elected the Chair of World Council of Credit Unions Board of Directors. McCrory, who succeeded Daniel Burns, representing the Irish League of Credit Unions, formally took office during the World Credit Union Conference Annual General Meeting on Monday, 24 July in Vienna, Austria.

July 25, 2017

First, Understand the Value of Big Data to Solve Problems

VIENNA, Austria — Keynote speaker Susan Etlinger, data analyst with Altimeter, a Prophet Company and TED speaker focused on big data strategy and principles in ethical data use during Monday's general session at the 2017 World Credit Union Conference.

July 24, 2017

Global Women’s Leadership Network Receives Distinguished Service Award

VIENNA, Austria — The Global Women’s Leadership Network (GWLN) received the World Council’s Distinguished Service Award (DSA), the industry's top global honor for great contribution to further the credit union movement during the opening ceremony of the 2017 World Credit Union Conference on Sunday, July 23 in Vienna.  

July 24, 2017

2017 World Credit Union Conference Kicks Off To the Tune of a Viennese Waltz

VIENNA, Austria — World Council of Credit Unions welcomed over 1,600 people from 58 countries at the Austria Center Vienna in Vienna, Austria Sunday evening for the opening ceremonies of the 2017 World Credit Union Conference. From 23–26 July, participants will hear from world-class speakers, network and engage with colleagues from around the globe and learn from leading industry experts on topics such as young adult membership growth, advocacy, financial technology, operations, leadership and emerging trends. 

July 07, 2017

2017 International Credit Union Day® Theme Announced

MADISON, WI — World Council of Credit Unions today announced the 2017 International Credit Union (ICU) Day® theme — "Dreams Thrive Here" — celebrating the spirit of the global credit union movement.  ICU Day is celebrated annually on the third Thursday of October and will take place this year on October 19. 

June 20, 2017

New Corporate Communications Manager Assumes Duties at World Council

MADISON, WI — Eleni Giakoumopoulos has been named as the new Corporate Communications Manager at the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU).  Under the supervision of the Chief Operating Officer, Giakoumopoulos will be responsible for the tactical and strategic management of World Council’s corporate communications.  

May 26, 2017

Six Women Receive Scholarships to Learn and Network at World Council Annual Meeting

Madison, Wis. – The World Council of Credit Unions’ Global Women’s Leadership Network (GWLN) scholarships are helping women all over the world support each other, from starting a firm to teach computer skills to missionary work.

May 25, 2017

Latin American Credit Unions Explore Consumer Behavior, Cybersecurity and Digital Channels

Panama City, Panama — 130 credit union leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean convened last week for a regional workshop in Panama City, Panama, to explore trends in consumer behavior affecting the financial space and develop strategies for improving member service.