Economic Empowerment CSR News

Duke Energy Progress Extends Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion to Financial Sector

$700 million debt offering marks the fourth D&I transaction by a Duke Energy franchise
Press Release

CHARLOTTE, N.C., August 20, 2020 /3BL Media/ – Duke Energy Progress, a subsidiary of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), has successfully closed a $700 million debt offering with the help of seven diverse and minority-owned financial firms.

How Financial Empowerment Creates Hope: My Never Stand Still Conversation with John Hope Bryant

by Dan Schulman, President and CEO at PayPal

I met John Hope Bryant a few years ago, and we had a conversation I’ll never forget. He and I had an opportunity to sit down one-on-one to discuss our passion for financial empowerment, and it was a meeting of the minds, so to speak.

Online or In-Person, Junior Achievement Equips Tomorrow's Leaders with Financial Education


August 14 is National Financial Awareness Day.

But truth be told, every day is Financial Awareness Day at Junior Achievement (JA). For decades, the non-profit has worked to equip tomorrow's leaders – students in elementary school through high school – with financial and entrepreneurial tools to build meaningful careers and successful lives.

New W-GDP Partnership With the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and Qualcomm® Uses Mobile and Online Learning to Bring Entrepreneurship Skills to Over 15,000 Women in Vietnam & Indonesia


The contract has been awarded through USAID’s Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative and represents a public-private partnership as it brings together additional funding from Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™, the company’s strategic corporate responsibility program.  The Women Entrepreneurs Amplifying Ventures and Economics (WEAVE) program will leverage Qualcomm-enabled digital technology to support and empower 15,000 women entrepreneurs running small and growing businesses (SGBs) in Vietnam and Indonesia.

Why Does Such A Thing Exist? Solidarity Microfinance for Women in the United States

by J.P. Kloninger, Whole Planet Foundation North America Program Manager

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines poverty as “the state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions.” However, what is “usual” or “socially acceptable” can vary quite a bit from one person, family, or community to the next, and certainly from one country to the next.  We are thus compelled to use some sort of criteria or thresholds, formally or informally, to help us define poverty as it exists in different contexts.

Lessons in Expanding Digital Payments to Remote Communities in Mexico and Colombia

COVID-19 is making digital payments more appealing and presents an opportunity to bring financial services to more small businesses and the Café Paga Project shows how

By: Franz Gomez and Alejandra Montes Saénz    

Scotiabank Reaffirms Commitment to Inclusion For Every Future

President and CEO Brian Porter participates in the BlackNorth Initiative Summit
Press Release

TORONTO, /3BL Media/ - At the inaugural BlackNorth Initiative Summit, Scotiabank reaffirmed its commitment to combatting racism and discrimination of all forms to enable better futures for its employees, customers and communities at large. 

Financial Education Helps Build Stronger Communities

Greg D. Carmichael | Chairman, President and CEO at Fifth Third Bank
Multimedia with summary

Financial education helps build stronger communities. This is why Fifth Third Bank has invested over the years in various financial education programs to meet the needs of all age groups, from elementary school students to adults. With the dedication and volunteer efforts of our employees, and partnerships with organizations like EVERFI and University of Cincinnati The Alpaugh Family Economics Center at UC, we have educated already 2.5 million people - and many more to come.

Impact Case Study: Mountain Hazelnuts


ISTANBUL, July 30, 2020 /3BL Media/ -- About 70 percent of Bhutan’s population lives in rural areas, with most depending on subsistence agriculture, with an average farm size of 1.7 hectares.


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