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Mobile Technology Connects Smallholder Farmers With Global Producers, Enabling Fair Pay and Accountability ​

The SAP Rural Sourcing Management mobile solution provides transparency, accountability and access to financial services to smallholder farmer organizations in Africa and Southeast Asia
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ISTANBUL, Turkey, March 30, 2020 /3BL Media/ – SAP, the world’s largest provider of enterprise application software, has joined Business Call to Action (BCtA) with an aim to cater to the needs of different market segments, including small and mid-sized organizations, to accelerate and scale impact on smallholder farmers.

Ahead of World Water Day, Ceres Launches New Effort to Catalyze Capital Markets to Value Water As a Financial Risk

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  • Introduces new Valuing Water Finance Task Force with major institutional investors and banks to influence companies to take action
  • Announces live stream details of Ceres 2020 water focused digital plenary, Defining the Value of Water

Whole Planet Foundation Top Supplier Donors are Helping to Alleviate Poverty in the United States and Abroad

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March 12, 2020 /3BL Media/ - Whole Planet Foundation is proud to announce this year’s top supplier donors who are helping to alleviate poverty around the globe for the world’s poorest people – mostly women – living in communities where Whole Foods Market sources products. 

How to Advance Women's Financial Inclusion with Partnerships

Experts weigh in on what makes effective partnerships to economically empower women
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For International Women’s Day, we asked five financial inclusion leaders how cross-sector partnerships are helping them bring more women into the financial system.

Fifth Third Expands Down Payment Assistance to $7,500 for Qualified Buyers

Bank provides an affordable path to home ownership
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CINCINNATI, March 9, 2020 /3BL Media/ – Fifth Third Bank, National Association, today announced an expansion to its Down Payment Assistance program that will now help pay up to $7,500 toward a down payment and closing costs for qualified buyers.* The program provides an affordable option for low-income families and those purchasing homes in low-income communities.*

“We want to help build strong communities,” said Chris Shroat, head of Fifth Third Mortgage. “We know that making purchasing an affordable home achievable is one of the best ways we can help improve our neighborhoods.”

Pushing Beyond The Ordinary in Corporate Social Responsibility

We believe that over the next 10 years, effective CSR initiatives of purpose-driven companies will be characterized by three principles: business alignment, user-centricity and co-creation.
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Corporate social responsibility—the practice of companies holding themselves accountable to serve a social purpose and make a positive impact—was not always the main focus of business leaders. Channel some profits into philanthropy, it was thought, and you’ve checked the CSR box.

Those days are long gone.

Contributing to a Sustainable and Inclusive Future

A letter from Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga
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Why? Because when the world thrives, businesses thrive.

Businesses are part of the global ecosystem. And ecosystems, by definition, require balance and diversity. They also require a point of view larger than oneself and longer than the immediate future. They require an understanding that we are stronger as a connected whole than as isolated actors.

A Roadmap to Growing Good Jobs

A new tool offers cities tailored options for driving dynamic growth and an inclusive economy
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The U.S. economy is continuing the continuing the longest expansion in history — unemployment is at record lows and wages are creeping up, but national averages can hide a lot of variety. Local policymakers in struggling cities certainly know this, as do regional planners. In many big cities, jobs are growing, but wages are declining as low-wage occupations dominate; in others, jobs are disappearing. Even boom towns have their own set of issues, from rising housing costs to growing inequality. And then there’s the perennial worry—how long will it last? 

Reimagining Growth that Delivers for Everyone

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Over the last 75 years, we have seen more than a billion people emerge from poverty and we have witnessed the creation of a global middle class. In addition, the proliferation of digital technology over the last few decades has created new ways for people to connect to the networks they need to advance and grow. However, the benefits of this economic and digital growth, while significant, have not been equally shared by everyone.

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