THE INTERNATIONAL CURRENCY ASSOCIATION IS THE VOICE FOR THE GLOBAL CURRENCY INDUSTRY

Advocating for the global use of cash, by creating awareness of the value of cash as a trusted public good

THE INTERNATIONAL CURRENCY ASSOCIATION IS THE VOICE FOR THE GLOBAL CURRENCY INDUSTRY

Advocating for the global use of cash, by creating awareness of the value of cash as a trusted public good

THE INTERNATIONAL CURRENCY ASSOCIATION IS THE VOICE FOR THE GLOBAL CURRENCY INDUSTRY

Advocating for the global use of cash, by creating awareness of the value of cash as a trusted public good

ICA Sustainability Charter

Cash is a public good – it promotes social inclusion and protects personal freedom and privacy. Around the world, cash is used in the vast majority of payments. It should also be as sustainable as possible across its supply chain.

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Global Currency Forum

The GLOBAL CURRENCY FORUM, created by the ICA, is a future-focused, thought leadership event addressing the future role of cash in a rapidly changing payment landscape.

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Cash Matters

Smart and online technologies are changing the way we pay, however, cash is still the most attractive means of payment for a huge majority of people worldwide. We look at 10 key reasons for the relevance of cash. 

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450 delegates around the world
123 organisations; 50 Central Banks
40 expert speakers from inside & outside the industry
35 Technology Workshops
3 days of stimulating discussion, debate & networking
1 clear message:Cash is vital part of the payment landscape–now & in the future!

Final day of the GCF 2022!
With expert speakers from academia, technology companies and Central Banks, first up this morning we focus on best practice and solutions for driving transformation towards a sustainable cash cycle.

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Central Bank Digital Currencies - A solution in search of a problem?

Global perspectives from Ghana, Bahamas and Asia this morning at the GCF.

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Who are the winners and losers in a cashless society and are Central Banks doing enough to advocate for cash, protecting its role as a valued public good?

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The value of cash as a public good extends beyond cash itself.

"Turning cash into clean water "
Inspiring stories from our keynote speaker @scottharrison

#cashconnects #cashmatters #cashmatters #CleanWater @UNSDG6water

Gaining key insights into how the Bank of Spain managed the higher demand for banknotes in Spain during the Covid crisis and the lessons learned to ensure cash has a dynamic future.

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“PortAventura is our playground for the next few days”.

GCF MC Nikol Kollars welcomes currency industry stakeholders from around the world, gathering here for the 1st full day of invigorating discussions inspiring the cash of the future.
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ICA Sustainability Charter

Cash is a public good – it promotes social inclusion and protects personal freedom and privacy. Around the world, cash is used in the vast majority of payments. It should also be as sustainable as possible across its supply chain. The ICA Sustainability Charter adopted at the ICA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in 2020 specifies our global industry aims and commitments on sustainability.

Many companies in the currency industry are already making progress on sustainability, but for the first time, the Sustainability Charter holds the industry to an agreed framework that encompasses economic, environmental and social equality aspects which all need to be addressed simultaneously.

It recognises that cash plays a key role in integrating every citizen of the world into a global economic system, by providing safe, reliable and largely accessible means of payment. Specifically, the ICA membership commits to a number of ambitious goals. The charter calls on members to:

  • Promote adoption of circular economy principles by designing waste and pollution out of the production process with sustainable solutions and recycling initiatives;
  • Integrate sustainability criteria throughout all aspects of current and future processes and projects;
  • Reduce our environmental footprints by reducing consumption of water and raw materials, re-assessing the chemicals used in production and increasing recycling;
  • Decrease emissions through innovation and new technologies, increased use of renewable energy and introduction of emissions reduction objectives

The ICA – as an industry body with members around the world – commits to actively support and apply Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) best practices by following best practices for our sector and for society at large. This charter aims to reflect that.

Cash Matters, the pro-cash movement by the ICA

Cash Matters was launched in May 2017 and is a global movement which presents easily accessible, factual and well-designed content. Through its Cash Matters website and social media channels it has become the most popular and renowned  source of information for anything on cash. Target groups are experts from the currency industry, decision-makers in politics and governments, analysts, journalists as well as the broader public.

Among the content provided by Cash Matters are two videos on the role of cash in society, Cash Matters and Choice Matters. Cash Matters also issued studies in cooperation with the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion (IMTFI) at the University of Irvine, California, which have proven instrumental in shaping the sociopolitical debate on cash such as “Keeping Cash: Assessing the Arguments about Cash and Crime” and “Virtually Irreplaceable – Cash as Public Infrastructure”.

Global Currency Forum

The GLOBAL CURRENCY FORUM, created by the ICA, is a future-focused, thought leadership event addressing the future role of cash in a rapidly changing payment landscape.

The inaugural event from the 2-5 May in Port Aventura welcomed more than 450 participants from around the world including more than 70 Central Banks and State Print Works.

With more than 40 expert speakers from inside and outside the industry, our agenda focus on the role of cash in a changing society, cash cycle efficiency & innovation and best practices in sustainability & design gave participants the opportunity to discuss and debate many critical issues affecting the role of cash.

Thank you to all our GCF partners for your support in creating a truly innovative and unique event for the currency industry!

For more information on the what’s next for the GCF watch this space!

Want to Join Us?

Membership of the ICA is open to legally-incorporated companies and businesses (but not to individuals or consultants) that are suppliers of currency, or suppliers of products, technologies and equipment used in the design, production, handling and circulation of currency.

Trade or industry associations or other organisations and institutions such as universities, foundations and NGOs can be co-opted as associate members.

All prospective members must be a legitimate company and have an established interest and business in currency. All membership applications will be validated by the Board in a Board meeting.

All members must also agree to abide by the Code of Conduct.

Founded by leading currency suppliers, the ICA welcomes any company – providing it meets the conditions for membership – willing to contribute to achieve the goals of the association.

Take a leading role in the creation of industry forums which best serve the strategic business interests of currency service and product suppliers

Membership Fees

  • (Annual turnover over €10m) €33,000
  • (Annual turnover under €10m) €11,000
  • Annual fee Associated members €1,000