70th International Credit Union Day – Celebrating a Platinum Anniversary

October 18th, 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of International Credit Union Day – and The Co-op Credit Union is joining thousands of credit unions all over the world in celebrating our history and success of the “People-not-Profit” philosophy.

Andrew Davey, Operations Manager of The Co-op Credit Union said:

“we’re proud to be part of a global movement of nearly 70,000 Credit Unions in over 100 countries. The 70thanniversary of ICU Day, and our own 20thAnniversary this year reflect the important heritage of credit unions in providing fair and affordable financial services to their members. We’re passionate about the valuable economic and social contribution that credit unions make to their communities, and the 70thanniversary is a time to celebrate the global impact of the movement.”

Celebrated each year on the third Thursday of October, the theme for this year’s International Credit Union Day is “Find Your Platinum Lining”, combining the traditional gift of platinum for 70th anniversaries, a play on the saying “every cloud has a silver lining” and a celebration of the platinum-lined differences and impact credit union and other financial co-operatives have made, and continue to make, for their members and communities.

Brian Branch, World Council President and CEO, said:

“This year we are celebrating 70 years of ICU Day and we celebrate that our global movement historically goes back much further, enriching the lives of many over the years. ICU Day is the opportunity to engage credit union members, share their experiences and celebrate with the growing global credit union community.”

World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development agency for credit unions. World Council promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial co-operatives around the world, to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services.

Latest figures just released by The World Council of Credit unions (WOCCU) show that 89,026 credit unions now serve over 260 million members in 117 countries. Over 1 million people in the UK are members of a Credit Union.

Be part of the Global Credit Union Movement:  become a member!

If you’re not already a member of The Co-op Credit Union, why not join us? Or if you know of someone who might be interested in joining, help us spread the word.

What is the Credit Union? The Co-op Credit Union is not-for-profit, ethical way to manage your money with regular savings taken from payroll or by direct debit. We pay members an annual dividend on savings and use deposits to make affordable loans to members. Just by saving with the credit union, you know your money is working for you and helping other members – so everyone benefits.

Who can join? Co-op Credit Union membership is open to employees and members of co-operative organisations and societies from all across the sector, including- Co-op Group and Co-op Food Stores, Co-op Bank, Co-operatives UK, and most of the smaller co-operative societies and co-operative businesses.

How to join: To find out more and join today, click here