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Credit Unions Convene at the United in Sustainability Summit

The United Nations Federal Credit Union (UNFCU) and the Organization of American States (OAS) Federal Credit Union hosted the hybrid event at the OAS Building in Washington, DC. The Summit drew more than 300 participants from across the credit union industry.

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Since 2018, UNFCU has engaged the industry on best practices in sustainability through the UIS Network it founded. Topics have ranged from carbon emissions reduction, green product development, and supplier diversity, to women’s financial empowerment, and strategic bottom line growth. Today, more than 100 credit unions are active participants of the Network.

“Against the backdrop of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 28), credit unions were simultaneously implementing ways to build resiliency through sustainability,” said Pamela Agnone, Executive Vice President, UNFCU, and Co-Executive Sponsor of its Global Sustainability Program. “Our bringing credit unions together even beyond the Americas has had a positive impact starting or advancing their sustainability journeys. Hosting our event in Washington, DC through OAS FCU’s provision, enabled the UIS Network to connect with more innovators, including foundations driving positive social impact.”

At the Summit, more than 40 experts offered perspectives and fresh data, including from Brazil, Canada, and Ireland. In conversations with Coopera Consulting and Inclusiv, attendees gained insight on financial solutions for migrant communities and the clean energy transition. The National Credit Union Administration also provided commentary on the future of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Susan Gardner, Director, Ecosystems Division, UNEP, reported direct from COP28 in Dubai to cap the day’s program.

“The United in Sustainability Summit was an invaluable opportunity for credit unions to share best practices and learn from each other,” said John Bratsakis, MD||DC Credit Union Association President/CEO. “By working together, credit unions play a vital role in building more empowered and financially inclusive communities.”

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