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Sunshine Coast Credit Union is on an Impact Journey

Like most journeys, this one is a mix of exciting possibilities, continued education, and remaining open to change. As a framework to help us on our journey we are supporting the Sustainable Development Goals.

What are Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)?

They are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals set up in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly and are designed to meet the urgent need for improving the quality of life for everyone globally by 2030. 193 countries signed on to the plan (including Canada).  

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Our Focus on 6 SDG's

At SCCU, we’re answering the call for all businesses to reevaluate their own practices and start implementing strategies on how to reach these goals - together. 

We've selected 6 to focus on based on the greatest opportunity we have to make an impact in the lives of our members and communities as well as the greatest potential risks if not acted upon. 

Read below on our current activites to support these goals with more to come as we learn and grow.  

Good Health and Well-Being

  • Founding sponsor of MedTalks since 2017. MedTalks is a health and wellness educational event series produced by Sechelt Hospital Foundation in partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health.  The series offers various subject matter experts, local staff and resources available here on the Sunshine Coast.  Watch past MedTalks.

Quality Education 

  • Certified Each One, Teach One (EOTO) Financial Literacy Credit Union. EOTO is an innovative program that trains employees of financial institutions to deliver basic financial skills workshops in community settings. We offer free, no strings attached, education sessions in order to support our communities overall financial literacy. Request a session for your group today.  

  • Offering a free online Financial Wellness Assessment for individuals to assess how they are doing in spending, saving, borrowing, and planning.  Once scored, individuals receive helpful financial literacy through valuable resources, tips, as well as an opportunity to speak directly with a Financial Service Advisor.  Check your financial health. 

Decent Work and Economic Growth

  • We offered $200,000 in non-repayable re-boot funding to support our Sunshine Coast entrepreneurs in pivoting their business through re-imagining what was possible during the 2020 pandemic. From creating new ways to serve their customers, finding opportunities to expand their market or investing in their employees, we supported 49 businesses. Meet the recipients.
  • During the pandemic we offered support through a free Business Resiliency Program. In collaboration with Spring Activator, this online initiative equipped local entrepreneurs to assess their current state, create a plan to thrive, and equip themselves with new tools and resources to grow. A mix of online master classes, community forums and “ask the expert” sessions helped business owners take their next steps. Businesses: Sign-up here. 

Reduced Inequalities

  • We are a proud employer partner with Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, working to ensure diversity & inclusion topics are discussed, policies are in place to support a diverse workforce and address any inequities in the workplace, hiring protocols are reflective of our desire to have a diverse workforce, and training programs are in place to ensure understanding and knowledge of what diversity and inclusion means in a workplace.  When assessed, we scored 90% on the enterprise score:“my company is inclusive”and we scored 89% on the individual score:“I feel included.”

Sustainable Cities and Communities

  • In 2020, we donated $50,000 to Sunshine Coast Community Services Society's Building Together initiative as they raised fund to build 34 units of affordable housing for women and their children along with a redeveloped Community Services hub in a safe and secure neighbourhood.  To continue with support, SCCU is offering up to another $25,000 - individuals can activate a $50 donation by taking an online Financial Wellness Assessment and having a financial conversation with an advisor. Building affordable housing and financial health is a win/win.  Learn more here.

Climate Action

  • We're working with Climate Smart to assess our organization's carbon footprint and help us set reduction targets for the future. Learn More.