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How SME Reporting Will Drive Development in Asia: An Interview with Katrin Ochsenbein


Sustainability reporting by small and medium business enterprises (SMEs) can have a big economic impact. We talk to Katrin Ochsenbein, to understand the relevance of sustainability reporting in the Swiss approach to economic development cooperation and trade promotion in Asia.​
Katrin is Program Manager in the Trade Promotion Division at the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). Here Katrin explains how improving reporting capacity of SMEs will promote sustainable value chains, and help emerging economies leapfrog in their development.


How $1 Billion in Change Can Change the World

It started with a simple question: Why couldn’t there be a platform to facilitate microloans between those who need help, and those who want to help all over the world?
To hear Kiva Co-founder and President Premal Shah tell it, the opportunity was sitting at the middle of that why. After returning from a family visit to India, he pondered: “If eBay and PayPal allowed complete strangers to buy and sell from one another, why can’t you invest in someone you don’t know across the globe?”

Beyond Financing: Key Attributes of a Public-Private Partnership


Public-private partnerships (P3s) are most commonly known for funding large-scale water infrastructure projects that a utility can’t support through traditional funding. However, other key attributes in the P3 model are often overlooked. In a P3, the private entity may provide the capital, but the true benefits go well beyond financing alone.

Whole Planet Foundation Supports Refugees with Microcredit

Learn how you can #StandWithRefugees
Today is World Refugee Day, a time to celebrate the courage of refugee children, women and men around the world. The UN just announced a new figure for the global refugee crisis: Every 60 seconds, 20 people are displaced by conflict and disaster. They are fleeing for their lives. The refugee crisis is real—but we know the solutions are too. That's why your participation today is so important.

Support to Human Rights and Refugee Causes via Corporations Increases Almost 40 Fold Following Travel Ban

Donations Remain Nearly 6 Times Above Yearly Average Ahead of World Refugee Day
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CALGARY, AB, June 19, 2017 /3BL Media/ - This World Refugee Day, Benevity, the market leader in workplace giving, volunteering and community investment software,

Duke Energy Selects North Carolina Locations for Economic Development Program

  • Six properties to participate in company’s Site Readiness Program
  • Program helped attract more than 2,400 jobs and $3.3 billion in capital investment since 2005
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  • Six properties to participate in company’s Site Readiness Program
  • Program helped attract more than 2,400 jobs and $3.3 billion in capital investment since 2005

BIMA wins The Wall Street Journal’s Financial Inclusion Challenge 2017

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HONG KONG, June 13, 2017 /3BL Media/​ - The Wall Street Journal has celebrated the winning enterprises of The Financial Inclusion Challenge 2017, sponsored by MetLife Foundation. BIMA, Kinara Capital and Entrepreneurial Finance Lab were all recognized as leaders in the field of financial inclusion at an awards ceremony at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum.

How Marketing Can Encourage Saving


Marketing makes us want to buy all kinds of stuff. But can marketing magic make saving more appealing, fun, or even cool?

Virtually everyone would like to retire comfortably and to be free from financial worry on a daily basis. Yet, many people don’t save enough even for unexpected expenses—a proposition that’s even more challenging for low-to-medium income people. Look to a U.S. Federal Reserve Board survey published in May 2016, in which 46 percent of respondents said they couldn’t cover even a $400 emergency expense without selling something or borrowing money.

MetLife Foundation and Sesame Workshop Bring Financial Empowerment Initiative to Families in Kumamoto

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TOKYO, June 5, 2017 /3BL Media/ – MetLife Foundation and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, introduced “Dream, Save, Do: Financial Empowerment for Everyone” to Kumamoto children and their families at the Hiroyasu Nishi Elementary School on June 2-3.

MetLife Foundation Financial Inclusion at a Glance 2013-2016

MetLife Foundation’s financial inclusion grant-making is organized into three broad categories
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As featured in the MetLife Annual Report 2016 ​

Grants aimed at increasing low-income people’s capability to make sound financial decisions.

Grants aimed at ensuring that low-income clients are served by strong institutions that meet their needs.

Grants designed to share lessons learned and build the knowledge of the global financial inclusion community.


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