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Ethical operations critical conference told
ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada (4/13/09)--Ethical operations are critical to the success of organizations of all sizes and especially credit unions, said Dr. Anthony Emerson, president/CEO of the Credit Union League of Connecticut (CULCT), during a recent leadership conference in Grenada.
Click to view larger image Tillman Thomas, (center) prime minister of Grenada, attended the Co-Operative Credit Union League of Trinidad and Tobago’s annual leadership conference with Connecticut credit union representatives. From left are: Kathy Chartier, Keith Weimert, Carol Bayreuther and Anthony Emerson. (Photo provided by the World Council of Credit Unions)
Firms that don't operate ethically are soon found out and may soon find themselves out of business. “Better to start small than to not start at all. Ethics are a scalable solution that can and should be used by organizations of all sizes,” Emerson said. Emerson and representatives from three Connecticut credit unions participated in the four-day conference as part of CULCT's role as the Credit Union League of Trinidad and Tobago (CCULTT) partner through World Council of Credit Unions' (WOCCU) International Partnerships Program. In addition to Trinidad & Tobago, the conference drew attendees from credit union movements and government offices in Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Lucia and St. Vincent, including Tillman Thomas, prime minister of Grenada. The April conference came at a crucial time for Caribbean credit unions because they are finding an increasing need to develop new strategies and find new tools to tackle growing economic challenges, Emerson said. “Caribbean credit unions are watching from afar,” Emerson said. “They have seen an uptick in unemployment and delinquencies as the result of declining economies. They are looking for new ideas for growth.” Kathy Chartier, president/CEO of Members CU, Stamford, Conn., also led a session on the importance of engaging the youth market during tough economic times. Prior to the conference, Carol Bayreuther, president/CEO of Hartford (Conn.) Healthcare CU, and representatives from new partner San Fernando Community Credit Co-operative Union Society Ltd., Tobago, met face-to-face for the first time. Keith Weimert, president/CEO of Seasons FCU, Middletown, Conn., attended a branch opening of partner COPOS CU Cooperative Society Ltd., Tobago. Janet Brooks-Duncan, the island's administrator of enterprises and business development, also attended the opening. CULCT and CCULTT have been partnering participants in the WOCCU program since 2001.
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