Mastercard released its 2020 Corporate Sustainability Report, highlighting how the company responded to last year’s challenges through innovation and trusted partnerships. The report also highlights how it delivered on its mission to build a more inclusive, and sustainable world with a digital economy that works for everyone everywhere.
“This unprecedented year reinforced how important it is for us to help those in need today and continue to build a more inclusive and sustainable world,” said Michael Miebach, Chief Executive Officer, Mastercard. “For us, sustainability means ensuring everyone has the same opportunities to grow and thrive in alignment with the planet. This year’s report is a reflection of all that we have achieved and marks an important moment to share the progress we continue to make together.”
The report highlights the following;
· Made a five-year USD 250 million commitment to provide small businesses with financial tools, technology, products, funding, and data insights necessary to weather the pandemic.
· Committed USD 500 million over five years to help close the wealth and opportunity gaps faced by Black communities in the U.S.
· Achieved the goal of financially including 500 million people and expanded the commitment to reach a total of 1 billion people, 50 million micro and small merchants, with an emphasis on 25 million women entrepreneurs, by 2025.
· Launched more than 100 government relief programs in response to COVID -19 to assist with inclusive recovery around the world.
People and Culture
· Tied executive compensation to ESG goals and priorities, including carbon neutrality, gender pay parity, and financial inclusion.
· Supported workforce with no COVID-related layoffs in 2020 and invested in new mental and physical wellbeing policies and programs.
· Launched Investing in You program, increasing our employer 401K match to 10% for every 6% contributed by employees.
· Reached the million-girl milestone since the start of our STEM-based Girls4Tech program, leading us to commit to engaging five million girls by 2025.
· Disclosed the results of our initial Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures analysis.
· Committed to reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 across our operations and value chain, building on our existing science-based targets.
· Issued a USD 600 million sustainability bond to support carbon reduction, support customers’ environmental choices, and foster inclusive growth.
· Launched the Priceless Planet Coalition with now more than 60 partners to restore 100 million trees over five years.
· Exceeded 10 million cards made from approved sustainable materials using Mastercard’s Sustainable Card Materials Directory.
Ethical and Responsible Standards
· Committed to increasing annual spending with Black suppliers by more than 70%, to $100 million annually by 2025.
· Extended our Specialty Merchant Registration program that requires banks to certify strong control measures related to materials published on adult content sites.
· Announced the new Enhanced Contactless (Ecos) specifications, applying the latest quantum-resistant technologies to deliver enhanced privacy, security, and trust for the next generation of contactless payments.
For more information and to view Mastercard’s 2020 Corporate Sustainability Report, please visit www.mastercard.com/sustainability.
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