Preserving the planet for future generations
Sustainability is embedded in everything we do at Mastercard – who we are as a company, how we drive our business forward and how we support the communities and environment around us.
Fostering prosperity around the world
With more than a decade of experience as a leader in financial inclusion, Mastercard is helping one billion people and 50 million small businesses – with a focus on 25 million women entrepreneurs – to help grow their businesses.
1 billion individuals
Five years ago, Mastercard committed to bring 500 million excluded individuals into the digital economy. Now we are doubling down on our original commitment, taking everything we’ve learned so far and reaching to include another 500 million people by 2025, for a total of 1 billion individuals. Alongside that, we’re committing to help 50 million small and micro merchants, with a direct focus on providing 25 million women entrepreneurs with solutions that can help them grow their businesses.Learn more
"AI, I hope you will think, means actionable impact," says Shamina Singh, at the opening of Mastercard's second annual Data Impact summit.
Three organizations joined forces to boost the economic resilience of these vulnerable entrepreneurs.
On the podcast "What's Next In," Mastercard's Tara Nathan discusses Community Pass, a digital infrastructure that enables the delivery of critical services to digitally excluded and underserved populations in India and across Africa.
Costa Rica’s artisans are tapping the tourist market by going digital: “We’re women with quite a few years between us, but we’ve not given up and stopped learning,” says painter Luz Amparo Rodriguez.
The city’s small business owners were at the heart of the civil rights struggle, and they can be key today in narrowing the racial wealth gap.
About 2,700 business and government leaders gathered in Davos for the annual conference looking to find innovative solutions to global crises.
In Africa and India, Farm Pass is helping farmers digitize their operations, access new buyers and secure capital to grow.
“We need to see other Indigenous people succeed to know that we can succeed,” says Sunshine Tenasco, the founder of Pow Wow Pitch.
A nonprofit that supplies villages with pumps for clean drinking water has blossomed into a tree restoration initiative that brings jobs to local women.
‘The world doesn’t have an innovation problem – it has a speed-to-scale problem,’ says Earthshot Prize CEO Hannah Jones
GenEQTY’s Dionne Gumbs uses tech and data science to create more opportunities for small businesses in the new digital economy, starting by addressing the needs of female entrepreneurs and diverse small business owners.
Removing the barriers to female empowerment unlocks economic prosperity for all, says Mastercard’s Payal Dalal.
A new initiative in Brazil’s favelas will use virtual reality to upskill microentrepreneurs, from digital literacy and financial management training to mentorship sessions.
Data connects us all and it should reflect us all — that’s why we need to make sure we build our digital world to live up to its full, inclusive potential.
A Honduran shoe designer is teaching her techniques to women in remote fishing villages, putting them on a path toward sustainable living.
Digitizing wages is helping women save more and manage their money better, building resilience.
The 2021 Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs shows how female business owners have been more severely impacted by the pandemic – and how they can yet reach their full potential.
Fonta Gilliam of Wellthi and Dennis Cail of Zirtue are working to bring more financial security to underserved communities but faced funding challenges of their own.
Black entrepreneurship is on the rise as founders find their way around financial roadblocks.
A first responder to a 911 call might be a mental health counselor. A new program aims to give people in crisis the help they need, keeping them out of ERs and jails.
“You have to be able to roll with the highs and the lows,” says clothing designer Michelle Cadore, who embraced digital during the pandemic and saw sales skyrocket.
As data increasingly guides decision-making in many parts of our lives, Howard is establishing a new center to train the next generation of data scientists.
Inspired by group savings clubs in Asia, Africa and Latin America, two American women are modernizing this tradition to help people build wealth better together and give the underbanked more opportunities to thrive.
"The pandemic has provided a unique opportunity to harness efforts to rebuild more equitable and sustainable cities," says Mastercard's Salah Goss. "Let’s get to work, lock arms with local leaders and communities to building a bridge to a more inclusive future."
‘It’s never too late,’ says a 50-year-old business owner who brought her cash-only shop into the digital age.
This Atlanta nonprofit gives Black business owners the training to grow. ‘Support is a verb,’ its founder says.
Wall Street banker Wole Coaxum left his job to focus on financial services for communities of color. At MoCaFi, he draws a bright line between social justice and economic opportunities.
With interest in civil rights tourism surging, the city of Birmingham has embarked on an ambitious plan to revive the A.G. Gaston Motel.
“In the context of this unprecedented global pandemic, equity is not just the right thing to do – it is the necessary thing to do,” says Gavi’s Li Zhang.