Perspectives

Stories from around the world of Mastercard

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

Sustainability
Thoughts from an ‘urgent optimist’: How scaling prize-winning solutions could save the planet

Earthshot CEO Hannah Jones, who previously led Nike’s Innovation Labs and served as the company’s chief sustainability officer, explains why corporate partnerships are central to realizing its ambitions and what it means to be an “urgent optimist.”

Inclusion
How Mastercard is aiding Europe’s small businesses through turbulence

Mastercard Europe President Mark Barnett on two key moments for the company's small business support efforts across Europe: the one-year anniversary of Strive UK and the launch of its sister initiative Strive Czech Republic.

Innovation
Marking 25 years of Priceless

It all started with a commercial about a baseball game, and the memorable moments it sparked. Today, Priceless celebrates 25 years, as resonant and relevant as ever.

Innovation
A tale of three unicorns

These alumni of Mastercard's Start Path startup engagement program, including U.K.'s Thought Machine, shares the secret sauce behind their billion-dollar businesses.

Inclusion
Inspiring female founders: Gigapay’s Raiha Buchanan on startup culture and fostering tech talent for girls

Buchanan, a viola major who is now CEO of the Swedish fintech, also shares the advice she’d give her 12-year-old self.

Innovation
Why making payday any day can pay off for companies too

By harnessing the power of payroll as an asset, the U.K. startup Hi helps companies boost their liquidity and gives their employees more flexible access to their earned wages.

Inclusion
How Mastercard is working with Europe to provide the next phase of support for Ukraine

At the core of our response lies the ability to mobilise the breadth of our assets, networks, and business pillars to build partnerships, initiatives and solutions that form a varied relief strategy.

Sustainability
How big business can bring scale to climate action

Ellen Jackowski, Mastercard's new chief sustainabilty officer, on driving social and environmental — and how ice cream put her on that path.

Inclusion
‘From the war zone with peace’: How Ukrainian designers are rebuilding their brands

Six Ukrainian fashion designers shared a fashion showcase — and their stories of creativity amid chaos.

Innovation
How to make the crypto economy simple and safer

On the podcast 'What's Next In,' Raj Dhamodharan, Mastercard's head of crypto and blockchain, says the company remains focused on enabling choice.

Innovation
Why cross-border payments are critical for Europe’s small businesses still struggling in the pandemic’s aftermath

It’s been a volatile few years for small and medium-sized enterprises, those intrepid companies that form the backbone of Europe’s economies.

Trust
What could protect us from future cyber threats? A good imagination

Go inside a recent threatcasting exercise in Dublin, where cybersecurity experts work through worst-case scenarios to help organisations learn how to disrupt them before they happen.

Inclusion
Creating inclusive cities that never sleep, one night at a time

Europe led the way in recognizing the opportunity of the night economy. A new global network wants to bring that promise to other cities around the world.

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

Innovation
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

Inclusion
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

Many transgender people feel anxiety, embarrassment and frustration when showing an ID that doesn’t reflect their identity, research shows

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

Innovation
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

Innovation
Why embedded finance is the future of digital trade

Embedded finance powers our digital lives and could transform how businesses interact with each other, including streamlining and automating payments and services across the supply chain for greater resilience.

Inclusion
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

Trust
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.