Global Regulatory Update Spotlights Link Between Climate and Finance

MADISON, Wis.—Sustainable finance will become an increasing area of focus for national-level regulators across the globe this year as financial institutions expand investments in clean energy loans and other environmentally-friendly products.

That’s one of the key developments World Council of Credit Unions’ (WOCCU) International Advocacy team will be watching this year, as outlined in its 2022 Global Regulatory Update for Credit Unions and Financial Cooperatives.

“Sustainable finance will transform the regulatory landscape for credit unions on many fronts, including investments, governance, disclosures, reporting and products. Credit unions are well positioned to demonstrate their value within social considerations given their unique model, which supports local communities,” said Panya Monford, WOCCU Assistant General Counsel of International Advocacy.

Greater financial inclusion made possible through guidance from international standard setting bodies that emphasizes the importance of proportional regulatory treatment for credit unions is also a major focus for 2022.

“Proportionality continues to be a priority for World Council and is necessary for the tailoring of regulations to the size, risk and complexity of the institution. Rules should be adopted that reflect the unique nature of the credit union cooperative model. They need to reflect the systemic importance, the cross-border activity (or lack thereof) and, more generally, the risks to which they are exposed. We know that the failure of national-level regulators to use proportionality, which is inherent in most international standards, can lead to or compound financial exclusion,” said Monford.

World Council’s Global Regulatory Update is put out on an annual basis to help credit unions and financial cooperatives prepare for the compliance issues most likely to impact them in the year ahead. The new edition also covers several other leading regulatory issues affecting credit unions across the globe, including:

  • Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT).
  • Payments.
  • Digitalization/Cybersecurity/Cryptocurrency.

You can read the entire 2022 edition of World Council’s Global Regulatory Update by clicking here.

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, 86,451 credit unions in 118 countries serve 375 million people. Learn more about World Council’s impact around the world at

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