2024 United in Sustainability (UIS)

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Purpose: To build stronger, more sustainable communities, leading with values inherent in the cooperative business model. This action is in direct response to critical challenges of our time – climate change and its socio-economic effect.

Founding and Growth: Established in 2018 by the United Nations Federal Credit Union (UNFCU) at UN headquarters in New York, the Network is a platform for credit unions and their associations to share best practices and ideas on sustainability. Its organization was driven by cooperatives’ interest in furthering the conversation at the inaugural UIS Summit. From a group of 11, the UNFCU-led Network has become a movement of 100 core members.

In 2023, more than 300 participants took part in the 6th Annual UIS Summit in Washington, DC that expanded beyond the Americas to include Europe for the first time. Participants included several of the largest credit unions in the United States, as well payment and technology partners, social justice and community development prime movers. The 2024 UIS Summit will take place at United Nations headquarters in New York on 23-24 October.

United In Sustainability (UIS) Summit: 23-24 October 2024, UN Headquarters, NY (in-person and virtual event)

The 2024 UIS Summit returns to UN headquarters in New York on 23-24 October 2024. For 2.5 days, leading changemakers driving environmental and social good will join us as speakers and participants. They represent international and US-based credit unions and credit union partners. Against this solutionsbuilding backdrop, credit unions starting or advancing their sustainability journeys, will gain insight from subject matter experts at the UN and financial services organizations, including their peers. We will focus on the most critical topics related to sustainability.

Topics will include climate risk mitigation and adaptation, building operational efficiencies, transparency and reporting in line with ESG benchmarks and standards, financial inclusion and the socioeconomic effect of climate change across at-risk communities. Speakers and panelists will explore the latest sustainability trends and developments, such as the impact of AI, global regulatory requirements, and the growth of social purpose and staff engagement. Credit union and financial system breakout sessions will be featured.

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The United in Sustainability Summit

The annual United in Sustainability (UIS) Summit was established in 2018. It serves as a platform for credit unions and industry thought leaders to share information, tools and resources related to sustainability, diversity and corporate social responsibility.

2023 UIS Summit

The 6th Annual UIS Credit Union Summit was held on Monday 30 November 2023 at the Organization of American States (OAS) Main Building in Washington, DC. Learn how to start or advance your credit union’s sustainability journey and how to combat climate change and socio-economic disparity.

2022 UIS Summit

The 5th Annual UIS Credit Union Summit was held on Monday 14 November 2022 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Learn how to start or advance your credit union’s sustainability journey and how to combat climate change and socio-economic disparity.

2021 UIS Summit

The 4th annual summit with topics including Impact Investing for Economic and Social Good, Updates from COP26, Bringing New Green Products and Services to Market and Beyond Diversity – the Impact of Business Resources Groups on Staff Development and Employee Retention, and more!

2020 UIS Summit

A credit union focused summit, with amazing content including Growing CU Impact Through Sustainable Investments, How DEI Contributes to Organizational Effectiveness, Greening your Facilities: Lessons from the United Nations and Best Practices: Accelerating Your Sustainability Journey!

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Have questions? Contact  info@uisnetwork.org

United in Sustainability is committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.