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Inclusion through action

A more inclusive, sustainable world, where the digital economy works for everyone, everywhere, is within our reach. Together, we can achieve inclusion through action.

Five years ago, Mastercard committed to bring 500 million excluded individuals into the digital economy. We achieved that goal through more than 350 innovative programs across 80 countries. But that isn’t enough, especially now that a global pandemic has made the contrasts of the digital divide even more stark. We believe the only sustainable growth is inclusive growth. The only way we’re going to achieve that is by building a more connected world where everyone has equal access to a better life.

So we’re 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. 

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Inclusion through action

Advancing digital financial inclusion

Through financial and digital inclusion efforts, Mastercard is helping one billion people and 50 million small businesses – with a focus on 25 million women entrepreneurs - reach their potential.


Mastercard uses data insights to help Georgian tourism recovery

Mastercard and the Georgian National Tourism Administration announced a new public-private partnership that will help the tourism sector recover from COVID-19. Key to this effort are powerful data insights that will help the Georgian government and businesses plan, prepare, and promote a more robust tourism industry that adapts to consumers’ changing travel behaviors. 


How L.A. helped its most vulnerable Angelenos through COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused economic uncertainty across many cities worldwide and the poorest communities have been among the hardest hit. In Los Angeles, a cause-based donation campaign and emergency financial assistance card helped raise and distribute over $35MM in aid to help put the most vulnerable Angelenos back on their feet. 


Creating opportunities for Kenya’s entrepreneurs

Shopkeepers in Kenya running small informal stalls, known as Dukas, contribute significantly to the country’s economy. But without funding opportunities, many entrepreneurs struggle to take their businesses to the next level. A digital tool is providing crucial access to credit by helping the Duka owners to enter formal financial systems.


Closing the opportunity gap

Meet CNote, the fintech trying to close the investment gap, by giving entrepreneurs the chance they deserve. Mastercard’s relationship with CNote is aimed at increasing investment in underserved areas, proving it’s possible to invest both ethically and successfully.  

Presented by Mastercard and Innovate Finance


Helping women entrepreneurs of color survive and thrive in the digital economy

Small business owned by women of color have been particularly hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic fallout. These Black women business owners are weathering the pandemic through more equitable access to capital and digital tools. 

Promoting social equality

Mastercard is committed to serving as a force for good to ensure people, communities, businesses and the planet can thrive. Together, we must address systemic issues of inequality in the financial system and create solutions that allow people to have a positive impact on our climate.


Solidarity in Action

We are helping close the racial wealth and opportunity gap for black communities across Americay by investing $500M in Black communities over the next five years.

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True Name

For many in the LGBTQIA+ community, the name on their credit, debit or prepaid card does not reflect their true identity. Mastercard is making a commitment to address this challenge by introducing the True Name™ card.

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Creating sustainable communities

Sustainability is embedded in everything we do at Mastercard - who we are as company, how we drive forward our business, and how we support the communities and environment around us.


Doing well by doing good

Sustainability is embedded in everything we do at Mastercard. Our latest sustainability report, for 2019, outlines our progress towards building a more inclusive and sustainable digital economy.

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Inclusive Growth Score

Created by the Mastercard's Center for Inclusive Growth, this toolkit brings together a clear, simple view of social and economic growth in underserved communities across the U.S., at the census-tract level.

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City Possible

City Possible is Mastercard’s partnership and co-creation framework for cities. Since its inception, City Possible has facilitated a community for members to draw on the collective expertise and resources of all stakeholders in order to scale innovative solutions that address urban challenges.

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Mastercard City Key

Mastercard City Key, powered by City Possible, is a platform that combines identification, access to city services and payment functionalities in one tool to provide residents greater convenience and security, while helping local government find efficiencies in their operations and maximize taxpayer dollars. 

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