The Global Shared Value Award recognizes and encourages corporations to address major societal challenges through innovative business strategy, that is, to create “shared value.” The award recognizes private sector engagement and innovation that improve the quality of life and build prosperity for companies, individuals, communities, regions, and the world.
The award is presented annually at the Abundance Dinner, which serves as the closing ceremony of the Global Action Summit.
MaterCard’s stated mission is to deploy its “technology and expertise to make payments safe, simple and smart” in pursuit of its vision of a “world beyond cash.” With revenues of $10.8B, MasterCard operates in 62 countries and employs over 10,000 people.
In selecting MasterCard for the 2017 Global Shared Value Award, the independent award panel drawn from business, academic, and nonprofit leadership noted that the company is “doing something highly innovative and distinctly different from others in its industry that creates substantial shared value and is deeply integrated with its core competitive strategy.” The committee also noted MasterCard’s work on inclusive economic growth through the MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth and Financial Inclusion, which conducts and supports various academic research and strategic philanthropic initiatives to empower people through inclusive economies; partnerships for micro finance in developing regions; its 2KUZE initiative to provide a mobile marketplace to connect smallholder farmers with real-time updates to negotiate quantities, pricing, payment, and distribution; and financial data analytics, including research with PolicyLink on 100 million people living at or below 200% of poverty line in US, among other strategic shared value corporate strategies.
“At this critical strategic juncture in the global economy as the private sector is moving toward integrating positive social, environmental, and governance impacts into core business operations, Global Action Platform is honored to work with KPMG International in the presentation of this Award,” states Dr. Scott T. Massey, Founding Chairman and CEO.
“Our international alliance of universities and businesses are working to create scalable, sustainable solutions for abundant food, health, and prosperity for every person. We see the Global Shared Value Award as an important way to advance these goals. KPMG brings tremendous thought leadership and analytics that can deepen our understanding of shared value and help us expand its impact.”
“KPMG International is excited to continue to work with the Global Action Platform to recognize excellence in creating shared value. Business has a critical role to play, in partnership with governments, civil society and the development community in working towards the global achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Creating long term shared value, which is good news for business and the community, is an essential element in mobilizing the private sector engagement necessary to achieve the SDGs” said Timothy A.A. Stiles, Global Chair of International Development Assistance Services with KPMG.
By 2020, the digital universe will contain 44 zettabytes of data—that’s the equivalent of 44 trillion gigabytes. Ninety percent of the data has been created in the last two years—driven by the accelerating pace of digitalization across economies.
Digital technologies offer great potential for transforming lives and livelihoods as they are increasingly woven into everyday life. Yet, the prosperity and opportunity driven by these advancements have yet to be broadly realized.
As UNDP recently pointed out, the digital age is ushering in a new set of inequities connected to information, technology and education. And, the convergence of technological progress with changing demographics—aging populations, bulging youth workforces and the mass movement of people—will set the stage for economic disruption in the years to come.
Heading into 2020, the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth team and our partners are working to ensure the digital economy happens for people, not to people, by asking some critical questions: How can digital transformation power the growth of micro and small businesses? How can data-driven tools better equip local leaders to spur inclusive economic development in underserved communities? What kinds of new partnerships can we build to scale solutions that help workers achieve greater financial security and navigate a changing economy? And how do we marshal the resources and ingenuity of the private sector to accelerate the use of data science for social impact?
More than 13 percent of unbanked adults globally - 230 million - receive private-sector wage payments in cash, according to the Global Findex. Almost 80 percent of them have a cell phone, making mobile banking a possibility. One key opportunity to digitize the wages of workers at scale lies in the garment industry. The Center partnered with BSR to create the Digital Wage Toolkit, a tablet-based tutoring program for factory owners and workers. Mastercard is partnering with global clothing brands like Levi’s to help improve workers’ financial empowerment, which is especially beneficial for women. And, a new partnership with the world’s largest coffee trader, Neumann Kaffee Gruppe, is bringing digital payments to smallholder coffee farmers.
About one-in-ten Americans live in Opportunity Zones, economically distressed communities in the United States where new investments, under certain conditions, may be eligible for preferential tax treatment. To ensure the investments benefit underserved communities, local leaders have called for better data and metrics to track progress and guide investments in Opportunity Zones. In response, the Center launched a new digital tool designed to help guide decision-making in the 8,766 Qualified Opportunity Zones across the country. The Inclusive Growth Map™ uses data and metrics to help identify new growth opportunities and measure investment outcomes with the goal of lifting up communities.
The Center is also partnering with non-profits Accelerator for America, the Governance Project and the Center on Rural Innovation to build the capacity of local leaders to make strategic decisions that benefit underserved communities.
The digital economy has the potential to drive high-quality jobs as young, mobile-savvy Africans enter the workforce. How can economies take advantage of their digital momentum to advance inclusive growth? The African Leapfrog Index, from Tufts University’s Fletcher School, measured and benchmarked countries’ digital leapfrog potential—highlighting strengths and opportunities to optimize the continent’s digital evolution.
Cities around the world are investing billions in new technologies to improve efficiencies and quality of life. This year, the Center expanded its partnership with Urban Institute, a U.S.-based policy think tank, to develop new tools to help local leaders ensure new systems are built around inclusion. A recent paper explores how technological trends can help cities mitigate inequality and proposes a path forward to create more equitable cities.
The Center joined forces with the Aspen Institute for the inaugural Global Inclusive Growth Summit, bringing together 500 purpose-driven leaders for a one-day convening focused on inspiring new ideas and galvanizing real action to create a more inclusive economy. At the event, four philanthropic funders, including Mastercard, committed more than $72 million to advance equitable and sustainable economic growth. The Center and the Aspen Institute announced the creation of the Aspen Partnership for an Inclusive Economy, a multi-year partnership to address income and information inequality through the lens of inclusive growth.