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Accion and MetLife Foundation Announce Expanded Partnership to Advance Financial Inclusion

MetLife Foundation provides $5.4 million to Accion for programs in Latin America, Eastern Europe, and Asia to leverage digital solutions to enhance underserved customers’ financial capabilities and engagement
Press Release

NEW YORK, February 26, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Global nonprofit Accion and MetLife Foundation announced today a new partnership to advance financial inclusion for underserved individuals around the world. The project – Building Financial Capabilities and Strengthening Institutions through Customer-Centered Innovations – aims to enhance financial customer engagement by building their capabilities. MetLife Foundation is providing $5.4 million in funding to support the program.

Investors Signal a Shift in Mainstream Finance Towards an “SDG Bonds” Market During Financial Innovation Symposium

Press Release

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., February 9, 2018 /3BL Media/ - The United Nations Global Compact, in partnership with PIMCO and ENEL, convened a two-day symposium to mobilize private finance and investment around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Bringing Banking to Low Income Communities in Northern Nigeria

Union Bank of Nigeria joins Business Call to Action by committing to provide access to financial services for 30,000 low income individuals in the country’s north
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Union Bank of Nigeria (Union Bank) has joined Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a pledge to provide access to financial services for at least 30,000 people from low income communities in 11 states across northern Nigeria by 2020, where currently more than half the population are unbanked.

In the Vanguard: Fund Giants Urge CEOs to Be a 'force for Good'

by Gillian Tett, US Managing Editor of the Financial Times
Article

American markets are spinning on a carousel. As fourth-quarter corporate earnings tumble out this week, analysts are digesting every digit, leaving share prices swinging. But if Bill McNabb, chairman of Vanguard, has his way, this carousel may soon spin differently. This month, a group of influential asset managers and companies sporting the worthy label of CECP: The CEO Force for Good, will assemble in New York. 

An Unlikely Alliance: Why Paper Users and Paper Purchasers Can Be Among the Most Influential Forest Preservationists

"There is a fine balance between the need to conserve forests and the very real role they play as a resource to our economy."
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*This content originally appeared as a special guest blog post for the Rainforest Alliance.

Getting Real About Innovation: Why Accion’s U.S. Network Made the Leap to Digitize Its Lending Operations

An Interview with Gina Harman, CEO of Accion’s U.S. Network
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Technology can be a double-edged sword – especially when it comes to small business lending. While there’s plenty of justified excitement over the potential of providing underserved SMEs with fast access to loans through digital platforms, there are also considerable reasons for caution. Though alternative lending products can boost access, many lack transparency regarding the true cost of the loan, and therefore risk trapping small businesses in a cycle of debt.

CECP Announces Third CEO Investor Forum As Movement to End Short-termism Gains Momentum

Michael R. Bloomberg to Join Fireside Chat; Chief Executive Officers From Major Global Companies to Present Long-term Strategic Plans to Investors Representing $25 Trillion in AUM
Press Release

NEW YORK, January 16, 2018 /3BL Media/ — CECP's Strategic Investor Initiative (SII) will host the third CEO Investor Forum (CIF) on February 26, 2018, at the Time Warner Center in New York City. Michael R.

UN Global Compact Bulletin (January 2018)

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The UN Global Compact Bulletin is designed to keep participants up to date on news, actions you can take, resources and events. Participants are encouraged to look to this monthly communication for important information. Please note that actions and events are intended for Global Compact stakeholders, unless otherwise indicated. The Bulletin is published in English, French, Spanish and Chinese.

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The UN Global Compact Bulletin is designed to keep participants up to date on news, actions you can take, resources and events. Participants are encouraged to look to this monthly communication for important information. Please note that actions and events are intended for Global Compact stakeholders, unless otherwise indicated. The Bulletin is published in English, French, Spanish and Chinese.

Acumen America Makes Its First Financial Inclusion Investment Under New Partnership With Metlife Foundation

First investment, EarnUp, helps low-income Americans manage their debt
Press Release

First investment, EarnUp, helps low-income Americans manage their debt

Funding, Preparation and Culture Keys to Securing Critical Infrastructure and Systems

Article

In Washington, D.C., the Trump administration’s focus on infrastructure investment has gained growing attention in the energy sector and intensified dialogue about how these assets are protected from both cyber and physical attack. To get a better sense of the risk environment, the administration issued an executive order in May mandating an assessment of the country’s resilience against cyber attacks.

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