Innovation has always been part of the BIS's DNA. In a world of change, it is only through innovation that the BIS can remain useful and relevant to the global central bank community. Throughout the Bank's history, innovation has taken many forms.

Institutional innovation and technical improvements.
1950s – 1960s
Innovative financial arrangements in support of the Bretton Woods monetary system.
1988 – 1996
Institutional innovation in the wake of European monetary unification.
1977 – 2007
The rise of soft law in financial regulation and of the BIS's macro-prudential focus.
2009 – 2020
Promoting the financial innovation agenda.