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Inclusion through action

 

our goal

We are building a more connected world where everyone has equal access to a better life. Together we can achieve inclusion through action.

People
Empowering people to reach their full potential

Mastercard serves 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 have a positive impact.

Planet
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.

Prosperity
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.

VIDEO SERIES

In partnership with diverse Youtube creators we've highlighted our programs that support people, planet, and prosperity for all. 

PROSPERITY

Amazing resources for Black entrepreneurs & small biz owners in 2021

Created by: Erin on Demand

PEOPLE

Empowering people to reach their full potential

Created by: His And Her Money

PLANET

Save our planet earth

Created by: Ankit Bhatia

prOSPERITY

The gift of giving

Created by: Sibu MpanzaSA

PLANET

My first attempt bikepacking

Created by: Levi Allen

PROSPERITY

5 truths of becoming an entrepreneur

Created by: Fly with Haifa

INTERACTIVE MAP 

Inclusion Through Action in practice

Explore our global programs that are delivering scalable and commercially sustainable social impact in the map below.

our commitment 

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. 

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Story
The power of the pitch is growing Indigenous entrepreneurship

“We need to see other Indigenous people succeed to know that we can succeed,” says Sunshine Tenasco, the founder of Pow Wow Pitch.

story
Small businesses can unlock the door to generational wealth. This app can help

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.

Story
When the economy stumbled, these Black entrepreneurs rose up

Black entrepreneurship is on the rise as founders find their way around financial roadblocks.

Podcast
Two fintech founders on access, opportunity and bad advice

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.

Story
How St. Louis is changing what it means to be a first responder

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.

Story
First a pandemic, then a pivot. Now this Black entrepreneur is empowering others

“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.

Story
AI bias harms Black families and businesses. Howard University is working to change that

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.

Story
How FOMO could be the secret to building personal wealth

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.

Blog
It’s time to problem solve — not paper over — inequities in our cities

"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."

Video
In Mexico, digital ‘angels’ teach women lifelong business skills

‘It’s never too late,’ says a 50-year-old business owner who brought her cash-only shop into the digital age.

Story
Elevating Atlanta’s Black entrepreneurs takes a ‘Village’

This Atlanta nonprofit gives Black business owners the training to grow. ‘Support is a verb,’ its founder says.

Story
How a fintech founder sought purpose after injustice

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.

Story
Monuments, not just markers: Saving Birmingham’s civil rights landmarks

With interest in civil rights tourism surging, the city of Birmingham has embarked on an ambitious plan to revive the A.G. Gaston Motel.

Story
A two-track pandemic? Why vaccine inequity is a problem for everyone

“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.

Story
Black-owned restaurants have supported their neighbors. Now they need help

The heart of Black neighborhoods, these restaurants have struggled during the pandemic. Their closures could leave an outsized hole – but there is hope.

contact us

Get in touch for more information on these programs or partnerships

Sarah Ely

Senior Vice President
sarah.ely@mastercard.com