World Council wins Polish CU System Award

GYDNIA, POLAND (August 7, 2015) — World Council of Credit Unions has been named winner of the Phoenix Award by the Cooperative Research Institute, part of Poland’s credit union trade association (NACSCU). President and CEO Brian Branch received the award during a recent ceremony at the Polish system’s National Credit Union Conference.

“We are proud to accept this prestigious award from the Polish credit union system,” Branch said. “It has been an honor to work with our Polish member organization in providing national legal advocacy support.”

World Council received the International Award category for its longstanding cooperation and support to the creation and development of Poland’s credit unions, called SKOK. Judges for the Phoenix Award, first awarded in 1994, include CEOs, deputy CEOs and board members of the Polish credit unions’ national association and foundation.

“The Cooperative Research Institute, NACSCU and all credit unions operating in Poland are greatly honored to have the opportunity to reward World Council for the friendship and support they have provided to Poland’s credit unions,” said Grzegorz Bierecki, former World Council chair and current Stefczyk Credit Union chair.

Poland’s credit unions constitute one of the world’s fastest growing and most successful systems. Served by NACSCU, the system currently numbers 52 credit unions with US$3.9 in assets serving 2.2 million members.

About World Council of Credit Unions

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, 87,914 credit unions in 118 countries serve 393 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at


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