Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth

Integrating Impact: How To Do Well by Doing Good

Words by Maggie Kohn

“Protecting people and the planet is at the heart of who we are.” “Being a responsible corporate citizen is part of our DNA.”

Sound familiar? Probably if you’ve read a corporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) or sustainability report in the past decade.

But what does it really mean for a business to integrate ESG into its operations?

A handful of companies and executives are going beyond the buzzwords, attempting to truly merge ESG with their business and their business with ESG. One example is Mastercard.

Financial Inclusion Week 2022


Now in its eighth year, Financial Inclusion Week 2022 is bigger than ever.

3 Ways To Make the Economy Work Better for Women

By Payal Dalal

Small farms are plentiful in Hà Giang, a province in the forested hills of northern Vietnam where Luu Thi Hoa started Po My, an agricultural cooperative that sells peas, leafy greens and honey from local farms.

Hoa’s business not only supports her family — it also provides sustainable livelihoods for her community. But like many local business owners, Hoa took a major hit when the COVID-19 pandemic brought tourism in Vietnam to a standstill.

Setting Up Shop: Introducing Strive USA


September 29, 2022 /3BL Media/ - There’s been a historic jump in new businesses in recent years, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. A record 5.4 million applications for new businesses were filed with the IRS in 2021, exceeding the 4.4 million applications filed in 2020, which was also a record.

Impacting Small Business Growth Through Strive

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How can your organization use its assets to impact small business growth?

Mastercard Strive Community Awards $1M to Digital and Data-First Projects to Strengthen Small Businesses


Today, Strive Community announced the inaugural grant recipients from its Innovation Fund. A total of $1 million was awarded to enterprises developing innovative, scalable solutions to strengthen small businesses’ digital capabilities.

Driving Positive Change Through the Intersection of Inclusive Economic Growth and Climate Action

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At Mastercard, we drive positive change through the intersection of inclusive economic growth and climate action.

Learn more about our approach to developing products, programs and partnerships that support a sustainable and inclusive digital economy—where both people and planet can thrive—in our annual Sustainability and DEI reports.

Here's How Data Science Can Help Solve Global Crises

By Shamina Singh

Across the world, local officials and NGO workers are heroically responding to overlapping, complex crises – whether they’re battling new waves of the COVID-19 pandemic or delivering aid after natural disasters. The energy and determination of these frontline organizations is unmatched, but their technical capacity can fall short in crucial ways.

How Mastercard Is Supporting Ukrainians to Stabilize Their Lives in Poland

By Payal Dalal, Senior Vice President of Social Impact, International Markets at the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth & Bartosz Ciolkowski, Country Manager Poland, Czech Republic & Slovakia at Mastercard

According to the UN, 5.5 million people – mostly women and children, due to the military commitments of men between 18 and 60 – have been forced to evacuate their country, leaving families and loved ones behind.

Financial Services and Tools Should be for Everybody

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While U.S. financial systems are becoming increasingly more accessible, they remain inequitable.


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