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ACCU issues Business Solutions 26 for Climate Action in Asia

Posted September 16, 2020

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THAILAND – The Association of Asian Confederation of Credit Unions (ACCU) issued in July its Business Solutions 26 (BS 26), a tool to determine whether a co-op is helping to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #13, which is Climate Action.

Thirty (30) key co-op leaders and staff from 9 countries received their graduation certificates on July 15 after successfully completing the 3-day Training of Trainers on Climate Action (on July 1-3).  To graduate, the participants were required to present their action plans.

The graduates are now qualified to teach co-op leaders on 1) know the impacts of climate change, 2) integrate climate actions to policies, products and services, 3) Conduct Trainers' Training, and 4) work with at least 10 pilot credit unions to integrate climate action

Participating in the course were representatives of co-op federations in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Japan, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Thailand.  

The training was in partnership with the Australian Mutuals Foundation.

Climate Action is based on the Paris Agreement  on 12 December 2015 in which all countries agreed to work to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius, and given the grave risks, to strive for 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Participants at the Training pledge to perform “Actions” that would help to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.  

“Actions” were not so hard or complicated, and involved pretty much minor lifestyle changes. 

The NATCCO Network pledged to start a pilot project that would educate children and co-op staff, promote bicycle riding, paperless offices, limit meat consumption, and minimize plastic use.

The Philippine Federation of Credit Cooperatives will start Climate Action and introduce the BS 26 to 10 pilot cooperatives.

Japan’s Shinkumi Banks Association pledged to start a help-desk for SDG 13. prepare an information sheet in Japanese that CUs can use, and checkthe number of co-ops who integrate SDG 13 in their activities

Bangladesh’s Cooperative Credit Union League promised to present the CU Solutions 26 to the Board meeting and start with 10 pilot cooperatives, and submit quarter-based implementation reports to ACCU.

Credit Union Central of Indonesia pledged to use natural light, clean and repair AC, change lights to LED, unplug electronic devices, conduct waste audit, energy audit, and introduce the CU Business Solution 26 training for trainers 

The National Cooperative Bank Ltd. of Nepal promised to introduce the “Sixth C” (Climate Action) to cooperatives.

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