The Up Cooperative is strengthening its digital transformation strategy in the service of the common good thanks to an Electronic Money Institution license from the French Authority ACPR

On June 8, 2018, the ACPR (French Prudential Supervision and Resolution Authority, ie. Autorité de contrôle prudential et de resolution)) granted the Up cooperative and participatory company a European Electronic Money Institution license. The ability to issue and manage electronic money, reinforces Up group’s independence as well as its ability to carry out its digital transformation strategy in the service of the common good. This license covers all of its activities for the benefit of its clients and beneficiaries. It will enable the Cooperative to diversify its offerings and generate more than one billion euros in additional payment volume by 2020. 

A driver for offer development and differentiation The opening up of the payment market offers a great opportunity for non-bank players to imagine new models and offer their customers safe, practical and meaningful user experiences. With its European EMI license, Up has bolstered and consolidated its offer for management, transaction and relationship platforms serving personal well-being, business performance and regional cohesion. 

This license strengthens the Group’s independence and gives it greater control over risks and compliance issues, while maintaining optimum quality of service for all of its digital solutions. Up is the first company in its industry to be qualified as a “hybrid” Electronic Money Institution, i.e. encompassing all its activities. This development is expected to generate more than EUR 1 billion in additional payment volume by 2020. 

The premier French cooperative is committed to an inclusive vision of digital technology The emergence of new digital uses raises the question of whether everyone will be able to benefit from these developments. While the need for digital technology to be inclusive is a national strategy addressing the difficulties faced by millions of French citizens, many initiatives have flourished under the banner of SocialTech, Tech for Good or mission-based enterprises. As a third party that is trusted by individuals, businesses, merchants and public authorities, Up has developed genuine expertise in cooperation, inherent in the nature of the Group, which is itself both cooperative and independent. 

By way of illustration, over 3,000 public entities are daily users of Up solutions and EUR 2.5 billion in social aid flow through its information systems. Up supports the allocation of aid, both diverse and specific, to certain region or to certain audiences (regional Culture Pass, environmental aid, etc.) as well as the management of larger programs (Personal Autonomy Allowance, Disability Compensation, etc.) or the deployment of emergency aid to the victims of Hurricane Irma for example.

Enhanced governance to stimulate innovation In addition, Up is strengthening its governance by creating an ad hoc committee that will support the Board of Directors on these topics. Consequently, two highly qualified personalities, recognized for their expertise in the banking world, in innovation and in international issues, will be joining the members already appointed by the Board of Directors: Jean-Louis Bancel, President of the Groupe Crédit Coopératif and the International Association of Cooperative Banks, and Ismaël Le Mouël, founding President of the crowdfunding platform HelloAsso and the SocialGoodWeek. 

Catherine Coupet, Up group President and CEO, stated: “By becoming an Electronic Money Institution, Up is taking a new step in its digital transformation strategy. A great wave is rising around the notion of “Social Tech”, and thanks to the power of our cooperative values, we are determined to become one of its spearheads.”