Guest Opinion: Hanging On to Those Old Values
Over the years, I have seen the mission and values of the credit union industry expressed in the service brought to its members. I find that looking at the roots of an institution can remind us of its mission and values and connect us to those who have gone before us in service. The history, mission and values that lead to the establishment of the American industry inform us today.
The first credit unions were founded on the ideals of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality and solidarity. They were imbued with honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others. The same values that credit unions bring to their members today.