Perspectives

Stories from around the world of Mastercard

Discover how our people and technology are connecting everyone to Priceless possibilities.

Inclusion
For people living with dementia, this debit card can unlock financial independence

Sibley, a marketing executive, saw the need to protect her mother’s everyday money and preserve her independence. So, she created Sibstar

Rising cost of living biggest concern for UK small businesses but tech adoption and mentoring offers lifeline

To mark the UN’s Micro-, Small- and Medium- Sized Enterprises Day, Mastercard survey of UK small businesses reveals inflation and rising energy prices are the current biggest challenges

The power of cross-collaboration in driving female entrepreneurship

The levelling up agenda has never been more important than it is today

Inclusion
How True Name helps transgender people make a name for themselves

Nearly half of transgender or nonbinary people in Canada feel anxiety, embarrassment and frustration when showing an ID that doesn’t reflect their identity

Innovation
How a sonic brand is turning up the volume

The company’s first-ever music album is a natural extension, building awareness of the melody and its association with Mastercard

How Mastercard is driving the evolution of the online shopping experience across Europe

The impact of Covid-19 on this transformation has been well-documented, yet our data shows that it is here to stay

Building a resilient and prosperous tomorrow for Ukrainian start-ups

By Mark Barnett, President, Mastercard Europe and Dimitrios Dosis, President, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa at Mastercard

Innovation
Household financial pressures are mounting. Here’s how we help companies protect their customers

We need to rethink how bills are paid and customer communications are managed.

Inclusion
As travel takes off, how to put every destination on the map

Digitization and data insights can help small businesses and tourism agencies make the most of the momentum, says Mastercard Europe President Mark Barnett.

Innovation
Why collaboration is key to evolve Europe into global technology leader

For Europe, these are positive steps towards its ambition for the year: to consolidate itself as a global technology leader.

Sustainability
Calculating emissions takes time and money better spent reducing them.

Dodo is a U.K.-based startup that uses open banking to help small businesses easily measure their carbon footprint and reach net-zero goals.

Innovation
How these two startups are helping grow and secure the blockchain economy

Germany’s bitsCrunch and Denmark’s SPENN are joining Mastercard’s Start Path Crypto program to accelerate their growth.

Inclusion
How this female distillery owner made it to the top shelf

Kathy Caton started making gin a decade ago as a side hustle. Now Brighton Gin is her main gig.

Trust
From words to action: How European collaboration is leading the road towards a more sustainable tomorrow for payments

At Mastercard, we are proud to be able to back up our commitments with both action and results, from setting science-based targets to focus our efforts against climate change to committing to reach net zero emissions.

Inclusion
Doing well by doing good: How Mastercard employees and the power of volunteering

Charity starts at home: It's an ethos that we share and practise here at Mastercard as we aim to transform lives and inspire those around us by driving sustainable change on a local level.

Innovation
Economic Outlook 2022: Digital resilience and a return to the experience economy

Mastercard Economics Institute’s “Economy 2022” is a global outlook based on critical trends as seen through the lens of the consumer. It assesses how five fundamental factors — savings and spending, supply chains, digital acceleration, global travel, and a growing list of economic risks — will continue to shape the global economy.

Trust
Rethinking paying with plastic

Momentum is building for payment cards made from more sustainable materials, including recycled ocean plastic and bioplastic.

Innovation
How to build a scent for a brand for all senses

A Paris-based perfumer channeled her memories and a brand’s ‘priceless’ values for a set of signature fragrances.

Innovation
How Israel’s startup culture is revolutionizing payment security

Though a license with the Israeli government, Mastercard has opened a new innovation lab to help fintechs to strengthen the cyber ecosystem.

Trust
Why this Maestro is retiring after 30 years

Starting July 1, 2023, banks and other card issuers will begin replacing expired or lost Maestro cards - for instance with a Debit Mastercard

Innovation
Mapping out the world of open banking

With roots in Europe and the UK, open banking is now a global phenomenon taking form in different ways but with the same goal — more innovative financial services.

Innovation
When the route to sustainability gets twisty, tech provides vital road signs

Data is the fuel for more climate-conscious digital products and can provide insights into supply chain sustainability, says Malin Berge, who is helping build Mastercard's new Sustainability Lab in Sweden.

Innovation
A pandemic fairy tale

A children's bookstore owner in Palma, Spain, found a magic formula in navigating the last year: embracing digital commerce but doubing down on the human touch.

Trust
Three challenges we must face in the post-pandemic world

As world economies start to emerge from the pandemic, data protection, nationalist trade tensions and climate change threaten progress, Mastercard CEO Michael Miebach says at the Wirtschaftstag (Business Day) 2021 conference in Berlin.

Innovation
For Madrid’s hospitality industry, hope and anxiety are on the menu

As the pandemic continues in one of the world's tourist hot spots, how are restaurants, hotels and museums preparing for the future?

Trust
Have data, will travel: Why the tourism industry needs data analytics for a recovery

COVID-19 has accelerated digital transformation, and the rich data insights it enables can accelerate the recovery and creation of an inclusive global tourism economy. A trip to Tbilisi shows how.

Trust
‘Nobody in the Dark’ shines a light on digital exclusion

A light installation by the poet and mental health campaigner Hussain Manawer in two U.K. cities aims to start a conversation about bringing more people into the digital economy.

Innovation
Combating climate change: It takes a forest

The Priceless Planet Coalition is restoring 100 million trees over the next five years to combat climate change and reduce carbon in the atmosphere through forest restoration.

Innovation
Purchasing power plus carbon footprint tracking: A new way of thinking about payment ‘rewards’

The founders of Doconomy, whose DO Mastercard lets consumers calculate their carbon emissions and compensate for them, believe transparency and responsibility go hand in hand.

Inclusion
A million and counting: Bringing STEM opportunities to girls around the world

From cryptology to big data to digital convergence and more, young women gain needed skills and confidence for critical careers through G4T.

Innovation
Data gets a green energy boost

Data centers can have a huge carbon footprint. When P27 Nordic Payment Group and Mastercard launches the world's first real-time, cross-border bank payment system in 2021, it will use zero-emission data processing centers.

Inclusion
Tearing down the digital divide for older adults in Sweden

In Sweden, where older adults are being left out of the cashless revolution, Mastercard employees are helping them embrace digital payments and online commerce.