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  • Writer's pictureKelsie Papenhausen

WOCCU Stresses Link Between Proportional Regulations and Financial Inclusion in Letter to G20 Leaders

International Advocacy also urges support for policies that increase financial literacy, bridge digital divide


MADISON, Wis.—World Council of Credit Unions’ (WOCCU) is urging the G20 to adopt language in its 2024 Leaders’ Declaration that embraces a proportional tailoring of regulations that will enable credit unions to continue increasing financial inclusion across the globe. 


WOCCU International Advocacy made its recommendations in an April letter to Brazil’s G20 Presidency, which will hold its Summit in Rio de Janeiro this November.


The Summit’s theme of “Building a Just World and a Sustainable Planet” highlights the world’s commitment to fair agreements that promote global economic and social development and the reduction of inequality worldwide.


“Each year, the G20 Leaders’ Declaration has more influence on financial regulatory guidelines issued by international standard setting bodies than anything else. We want to make sure support for the proportional treatment of credit unions and other community-based financial cooperatives is embedded in that document, so WOCCU member institutions can continue to play a critical role in providing financial services to more underserved communities worldwide,” said Erin O’Hern, WOCCU International Advocacy and Regulatory Counsel.


WOCCU also notes in the letter that proportional regulatory policies conducive to increasing financial literacy and consumer protection, bridging the digital divide among vulnerable populations and reducing inequalities are all key to an equitable future.


WOCCU has made this a priority, joining with many of its G20 members to urge their respective finance ministers to support this effort as well. The G20 has heeded WOCCU’s call to address financial inclusion in past years’ declarations, and specifically last year, where they embraced proportionality included in the newly adopted sustainability disclosures issued by the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB).


World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development platform for credit unions. World Council promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. World Council advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions' financial performance and increase their outreach.


World Council has implemented 300+ technical assistance programs in 90 countries. Worldwide, 82,758 credit unions in 97 countries serve 404 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org.

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