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South Pole Group Completes Incubation Cycle And Sells Subsidiary Climate Neutral Investments To US-Based Institutional Shareholder Services

Press Release – Zurich, Switzerland, 21 June 2017 – Global sustainability solutions provider South Pole Group and Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”), leading provider of end-to-end corporate governance and responsible investment solutions to the financial community, have agreed on the sale of South Pole Group’s Climate Neutral Investments (CNI) business to ISS.

The sale is testimony to South Pole Group’s pioneering position in the development of the market for climate-smart industry solutions:

Back in 2010, South Pole Group was one of the frontrunners in calculating carbon emissions of investment portfolios through its subsidiary CNI. What started as a novelty for the financial industry soon caught the attention of large investors globally: CNI established the world’s largest database of corporate climate change data and pioneered the leading, standardised investment carbon emission screening tools, resulting in the successful screening of over USD 2 trillion of assets under management for climate change implications. CNI data also enabled the financial industry to play a vital role ahead of the Paris Agreement, as a significant number of asset managers committed to increasing the transparency of their portfolio carbon footprint by joining the Montreal Pledge or the Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition. Ultimately, CNI, as the largest remaining privately owned carbon emission data provider for the finance industry, caught the attention of large financial service companies that understood the pivotal value of its data and methodologies, and South Pole Group finally decided to sell CNI to ISS.

“For our company, this is a historic milestone. From incubating the completely unknown space of investment carbon footprinting back in 2010 to growing the business and co-shaping our own market, to now finally selling the investment carbon footprinting business to a large financial industry player – it has been an absolutely amazing journey,” says Renat Heuberger, CEO of South Pole Group.

The sale of CNI will allow South Pole Group to significantly scale its global sustainability business, which comprises the full suite of environmental risk and performance assessment – including climate change, energy, water, land use and deforestation. The company will continue to be one of the world’s largest sustainability project developers and a global provider of renewable energy and carbon credits, creating value for its wide range of public, private and civil society clients.

“We believe that there are excellent opportunities to execute smart, sustainable investments in every economic situation and in every market. We are excited to take our unique combination of climate change and sustainability expertise, ESG knowledge, and detailed analyses to the next level for investors and corporates around the world,” says John Davis, Director Financial Industry, South Pole Group.

“As part of ISS, we will be able to further scale our data and analytics work on climate change-related risks and impact. Our clients and the climate will benefit tremendously: We will widen and deepen our offering across all asset classes and make it available to all investors, companies, governments, and researchers around the globe,” says Maximilian Horster, Founder of CNI, and now Managing Director at ISS Ethix Climate Change Advisory.

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Senate Health Care Bill Will Not Protect American’s Health

Press Release – Statement by Casey Harden, Interim CEO of YWCA USA

“The Senate leadership appears to be following in the footsteps of the House of Representatives in their shocking disregard for the health of millions of Americans.

“If passed into law, this bill will undermine access to the full range of essential health benefits currently provided by the Affordable Care Act. It will have a particularly drastic impact on women who rely on Medicaid for mammograms, cervical cancer screenings, domestic violence screenings, pregnancy and childbirth coverage, and more. Shifting Medicaid to a per capita block grant, as proposed in the Senate bill, will lead to increased costs for states and a decrease in access to care for millions of Americans. Moreover, regardless of whether it happens quickly or more slowly, eliminating the Medicaid expansion means millions of Americans will lose health coverage. By defunding Planned Parenthood for any length of time, the bill reduces access to safe, affordable health care for millions of women. This is not health care reform, this is health care denial.

“Women and girls of all economic means need access to affordable and accessible health care including essential health benefits like preventive care, a full range of reproductive health services, a well-funded Medicaid program and protections and access to health care for survivors of domestic violence.

“The Senate needs to have an open debate on this bill with time for members to examine it in full before a vote and for constituents to understand its impacts and voice their opinions. Anything less is un-democratic.

“Changes to health care for Americans should provide improvements to our system of care that will help all of us lead healthier lives. At this point, this bill does just the opposite. The Senate needs to go back to the drawing board and provide a bill that is good for all Americans.”


YWCA USA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. We are one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation, serving over 2 million women, girls, and their families each year. Learn more:

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Skoll Venture Award Winners Tackle Dementia With Virtual Reality

Press Release – The Skoll Centre at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School held the final pitching round for the fifth annual Skoll Venture Awards in June. Three early-stage ventures pitched to a panel of judges and a live audience. Current Oxford MBA team, VRTU, were awarded the winning prize of £15,000. The two runners up, Redbird Health Tech and PowerMarket won £7,500, each.

Oxford MBA 2016-17 Candidates, Arfa Rehman (CEO), Scott Gorman (CTO) and Christopher Larson (CMO) are the team behind VRTU, a healthcare start-up that uses virtual reality to help dementia patients. VRTU delivers simulated time-travel therapy through story based virtual reality content.

The Skoll Venture Awards provide funding to current Oxford Saïd students and alumni who have developed a social impact-focused venture. The Awards serve to supply the venture with catalytic funding, but the Skoll Centre also accompanies the businesses as they progress in their development, including identifying possibilities for further financial and non-financial support.

‘We’re incredibly excited to have won’ says Rehman. ‘Especially as we have not been working on this venture long, I feel validated that we’re going in the right direction. We’re trying to move fast to produce the VR content and develop our product so it can be out there as soon as possible. This grant is going to be instrumental in helping us do that.’

VRTU were recently unveiled as the most promising new app at the App Factor competition in London, winning 500 hours of design and development of their platform.

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Better Way Foundation Expands Support of Early Childhood Development Programs with Addition of Program Officer

Press Release – MINNEAPOLIS, June 21, 2017Better Way Foundation has added Daniel Yang as a program officer to help expand the foundation’s work with global and domestic early childhood learning programs to support improved student outcomes and stem the cycle of poverty.

With his strong background in childhood development initiatives, and work with refugees, children of color and American Indian children, Daniel will be a tremendous asset to Better Way Foundation and its partners in both Tanzania and Indian Country,” said Andreas Hipple, senior adviser for Better Way Foundation. “He is familiar with the factors impeding children’s personal and academic success, believes in our partnership approach and is motivated to apply our foundation’s funding, resources and networks to effect positive systems change.”

Yang previously worked for the Children’s Defense Fund-MN (CDF-MN), where he served as director of organizing, building a cross-sector early childhood coalition focused on creating opportunity and equitable outcomes for children of color and American Indian children in Minnesota. Before joining CDF-MN, he served the Native American Community Development Institute in Minneapolis as the director of organizing and community building. Yang has extensive experience working with refugee communities in East Africa and has worked on indigenous rights issues with governments, indigenous communities and social movements in Latin America.

Yang has been a Wellstone Action! Organizing Fellow and a Wilder Foundation Community Equity Pipeline – Public Policy Fellow. He has served on the boards of the Charities Review Council, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change and the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless. In 2016, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appointed him to serve on the governor’s Early Learning Council.

Yang earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and social justice from Hamline University.

Better Way Foundation: Motivated by decades of research demonstrating that sound beginnings in children’s lives can help to break inter-generational cycles of poverty, Better Way Foundation helps others create healthy, sustainable, supportive environments where children can properly develop, learn and thrive.

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Kris Putnam-Walkerly Named Number 7 of “Top 25 Philanthropy Speakers” List

Press Release – CLEVELAND, June 21, 2017 — Kris Putnam-Walkerly, president of Putnam Consulting Group, Inc., was named the seventh top philanthropy speaker on America’s Top 25 Philanthropy Speakers for 2017 by Philanthropy Media and The Michael Chatman Giving Show. The Top 25 list was created from more than 25,000 survey responses from philanthropy experts, who submitted more than 2,200 nominees.

The criteria include thought leadership, excellence in communication, and significant contributions to the profession. Among her leading-edge approaches in the field is her concept of “Delusional Altruism℠”—misguided giving and lack of impact.

“It’s a great honor to be included on this list for a second year,” said Putnam-Walkerly, author of Confident Giving: Sage Advice for Funders. “Helping philanthropists and foundations transform lives and communities as is my passion, and taking part in the sharing of ideas as a speaker is both gratifying and inspiring.”

Putnam-Walkerly’s moved from number 17 in last year’s survey to number 7 this year. Others in the top 5 include Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation; Susan Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Amy Danforth, President of Fidelity Charitable.

“Kris’s presentation on grantmaking was one of the most valuable conference sessions I have ever attended, so this honor is well-deserved. She does much more than impart information; she fully engages her audience and makes us all think more strategically about our philanthropy,” said Maureen Sheehan Massaro, Executive Director, Wilson Sheehan Foundation.

About Kris Putnam-Walkerly

Kris Putnam-Walkerly, MSW, is a global philanthropy advisor and president of Putnam Consulting Group, Inc. For over 18 years, top philanthropies have requested Kris’s help to transform their giving and catapult their impact. Her clients include the Robert Wood Johnson, David and Lucile Packard, Annie E. Casey, Charles and Helen Schwab, and California HealthCare foundations. She’s helped over 60 foundations and philanthropists strategically allocate and assess over $350 million in grants and gifts.

A thought leader in transformational giving℠, Kris is the author of Confident Giving: Sage Advice for Funders, which was a finalist in the 2017 International Book Awards. She is a regular contributor to, and as well as the publications of leading philanthropy associations including the National Center for Family Philanthropy, Foundation Center, Southeastern Council on Foundations, Exponent Philanthropy, and AsianNGO Magazine. She provides expert commentary about philanthropy in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Washington Examiner,,, and others.

Prior to forming Putnam Consulting Group, she was a grantmaker at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and an evaluator at the highly esteemed Stanford University School of Medicine.

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Scot Chisholm, Classy CEO And Co-Founder, Named A Glassdoor Highest Rated CEO In 2017

Press Release – SAN DIEGO, CA (June 21, 2017) — Classy CEO and co-founder Scot Chisholm has won a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award recognizing the Highest Rated CEOs for 2017 in the U.S. SMB category.

Based in San Diego, California, Classy aims to accelerate social impact by providing world-class online fundraising tools that fuel modern nonprofits. Recognized by Fast Company as a Top Innovative Company in Social Good, Classy is trusted by thousands of organizations that are solving the world’s toughest problems.

Glassdoor released its annual report honoring the Highest Rated CEOs, which highlights top leaders employees love working for at Small & Medium Companies in the U.S.

Among chief executives recognized by employees in the U.S., Chisholm received an impressive approval rating based on the anonymous and voluntary reviews Classy employees shared on Glassdoor throughout the past year. Out of the 700,000 companies reviewed on Glassdoor, the average CEO approval rating is 67 percent; Chisholm has a current approval rating of 97 percent.

“It’s truly an honor to be recognized by Glassdoor and the Classy team, and to appear on this list alongside so many other inspiring leaders,” said Chisholm. “We believe a healthy and thriving culture is paramount to growth, so it’s incredibly rewarding to see our Glassdoor reviews continuously reflect the transparent and inclusive environment we’re striving to create for every team member.”

“CEOs tell us the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award is one of the highest honors they can receive because it truly reflects employee opinion about the job they do every day. I congratulate all of the winners on this significant honor,” said Robert Hohman, Glassdoor co-founder and CEO. “We know that CEO approval ratings correlate to overall employee satisfaction and trust in senior leadership, which contributes to long-term employee engagement, ultimately helping an employer’s recruiting and retention efforts.”

When employees submit reviews about their company on Glassdoor, they are asked to rate various factors about their employment experience, including their overall satisfaction and other workplace attributes like senior management. As part of these ratings, employees are also asked to rate whether they approve, disapprove, or are neutral about the job their CEO is doing.

Earlier this year, Classy signed Glassdoor’s Equal Pay Pledge and was also recognized by Glassdoor as one of the Best Places to Work.

See the complete list of all Highest Rated CEOs in 2017 in the U.S. SMB category:,26.htm

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Prestigious Awards Honour The Stars Of Conservation Science

ZSL (Zoological Society of London) reveals annual prize winners

Press Release – Some of the brightest minds in conservation science were recognised last night (Tuesday 20 June) as international conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London) hosted its prestigious annual awards ceremony at its ZSL London Zoo headquarters.

ZSL’s scientific awards, established in 1837, recognise outstanding contributions to zoological research and conservation, rewarding individuals whose pioneering work helps us better understand and conserve animals and their habitats worldwide.

This year’s awards celebrated a diverse line-up of world class science, from a study of the mechanisms caterpillars use to attach themselves to plants, to the recognition of a distinguished career running international conservation partnerships designed to save the planet’s amphibians.

The Frink Award, ZSL’s highest award for zoologists, was this year presented to Professor Sarah Cleaveland from the University of Glasgow, whose major contributions to the study of infectious disease in wild ecosystems have led directly to reducing human deaths. Her work on rabies in northern Tanzania led to the creation of a rabies vaccination programme for domestic dogs in the Serengeti, which has not only protected humans but also local wildlife species such as the Endangered African wild dog (Lycaon pictus).

The ZSL Silver Medal, awarded for contributions to the understanding and appreciation of science, was presented to palaeontologist, natural historian, writer and television presenter Professor Richard Fortey for his seminal contributions to our understanding of the ‘Cambrian Explosion’ and the origin of animals and, in more recent years, to science communication and public engagement.

The evening also saw three notable winners of the highly-coveted ZSL Scientific Medal, which is awarded in recognition of 15 years of distinguished post-doctoral work in zoology.

Professor Ashleigh Griffin from the University of Oxford was recognised for her innovative research in the fields of both bacteriology and the social evolution of vertebrates, alongside her work promoting women in science. From the University of Edinburgh, Professor Sarah Reece was honoured for her internationally-recognised work on malaria parasites, and Dr Claire Spottiswoode from the University of Cambridge was recognised for her prolific work focusing on the co-evolutionary ‘arms race’ between brood-parasitic birds, such as cuckoos, and their host species.

This year’s Marsh Award for Marine and Freshwater Conservation went to Professor Richard Thompson from the University of Plymouth, for his significant research over the last decade into the impacts of plastic pollution in the oceans, which directly informed both the introduction of the UK’s five-pence plastic bag charge and more recent legislation on the use of microplastics in cosmetics.

The Stamford Raffles Award, named after ZSL’s founder and presented to an individual from outside the scientific community who has nevertheless made an exceptional contribution to zoology or conservation science, was this year presented posthumously to editor Malcolm Tait. A renowned figure in the world of wildlife publishing, having published his own books and worked across titles ranging from The Ecologist to ZSL’s own members’ magazine WildAbout, Malcolm’s contribution to the understanding and appreciation of zoology, before his unexpected death last year, was prolific.

ZSL Director General Ralph Armond said: “I would like to offer my warmest congratulations to all of this year’s winners. As an international conservation charity, ZSL strives to celebrate and encourage work that broadens our understanding of the natural world and helps us to conserve it.

“Our annual awards are a great opportunity to honour many of the most influential and innovative individuals in this field, who through their work are really living our values of working for wildlife worldwide.”

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New Inhibitor Drug Shows Promise in Relapsed Leukemia

Penn researchers used gilteritinib to target a common mutation

Press Release – PHILADELPHIA – A new drug shows promise in its ability to target one of the most common and sinister mutations of acute myeloid leukemia (AML), according to researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center. The Fms-like tyrosine kinase 3 (FLT3) gene mutation is a known predictor of AML relapse and is associated with short survival. In a first-in-human study, researchers treated relapsed patients with gilteritinib, an FLT3 inhibitor, and found it was a well-tolerated drug that led to frequent and more-sustained-than-expected clinical responses, almost exclusively in patients with this mutation. They published their findings today in The Lancet Oncology.

FLT3 is one of the most commonly mutated genes in AML patients. FLT3 mutations are found in about 30 percent of patients’ leukemia cells. Clinically, these mutations are associated with aggressive disease that often leads to rapid relapse, after which the overall survival is an average of about four months with current therapies. To avoid relapse, oncologists often recommend the most aggressive chemotherapy approaches for patients with FLT3 internal tandem duplication (FLT3-ITD), including marrow transplantation. But even that cannot always stave off the disease.

The FLT3 gene is present in normal bone marrow cells and regulates the orderly growth of blood cells in response to daily demands. When the gene is mutated in a leukemia cell, however, the mutated cells grow in an uncontrolled manner unless the function of FLT3 is turned off.

“Other drugs have tried to target these mutations, and while the approach works very well in the laboratory, it has proven very challenging to develop FLT3 inhibitors in the clinic for several reasons,” said Alexander Perl, MD, MS, an assistant professor of Hematology Oncology in Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center and the study’s lead author. “First, we’ve learned it takes unusually potent inhibition of the FLT3 target to generate clinical responses. Second, many of these drugs are not selective in their activity against FLT3. When they target multiple kinases, it can lead to more side-effects. That limits whether you can treat a patient with enough drug to inhibit FLT3 at all. Finally, with some FLT3 inhibitors, the leukemia adapts quickly after response and cells can develop new mutations in FLT3 that don’t respond to the drugs at all. So ideally, you want a very potent, very selective, and very smartly designed drug. That’s hard to do.”

For this phase 1/2 clinical trial, Perl and his team evaluated the drug gilteritinib – also known as ASP2215 – at increasing doses in patients whose AML had relapsed or was no longer responding to chemotherapy. The team focused on dose levels at 80mg and above, which were associated with more potent inhibition of the FLT3 mutation and higher response rates. They found these doses were also associated with longer survival. Of the 252 patients on this study, 67 were on a 120mg dose and 100 were on a 200mg dose. Seventy-six percent (191) of the patients on the trial had a FLT3 mutation. Overall, 49 percent of patients with FLT3 mutations showed a response. Just 12 percent of patients who didn’t have the mutation responded to the drug.

“The fact that the response rate tracked with the degree of FLT3 inhibition and was so much lower among patients who did not have an FLT3 mutation gives us confidence that this drug is hitting its target,” Perl said.

In leukemia cells, FLT3 itself can mutate again to a form called a D835 mutation that is resistant to several FLT3 inhibitors treatments. Gilteritinib, however, remains active against D835 mutations in laboratory models of leukemia. Clinical response rates from the trial appeared to be the same, whether patients had a FLT3-ITD alone or both a FLT3-ITD and a D835 mutation. The response rates also were similar in patients in whom gilteritinib was their first FLT3 inhibitor and those who previously were treated with other FLT3 inhibitors.

The drug was also generally well-tolerated. The three most common side effects attributed to the drug were diarrhea in 41 patients (16 percent), fatigue in 37 (15 percent), and abnormal liver enzyme tests in 33 (13 percent). These generally were mild in severity and discontinuation of gilteritinib for side effects was uncommon (25 patients, 10 percent).

“These look like data you want to see for a drug to eventually become a standard therapy,” Perl said, though he noted more research will be necessary.

A new multicenter trial, which compares gilteritinib to standard chemotherapy in patients with FLT3 mutations who relapsed or did not respond to initial therapy, is now underway, and Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center is one of the sites.

There are also studies underway that give the drug in combination with frontline chemotherapy and as an adjunct to bone marrow transplantation in hopes of preventing relapse altogether.

Astellas Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which manufactures gilteritinib, provided funding for this study and performed statistical analysis of the data gathered by the investigators. Additional funding was provided by a National Cancer Institute Leukemia Specialized Program of Research Excellence Grant (CA100632) and by an Associazione Italiana Ricerca sul Cancro award.

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In Celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month, Amida Care and NYC Community Organizations Publish “Sexual Health + Pleasure” Magazine

Special Community Publication Aims to Drive Conversation
Around Combatting Stigma, HIV and STI Prevention, and Other Sexual Health Issues

Press Release – New York, NY (June 20, 2017) — In honor of Pride Month 2017, Amida Care has published a special community publication called “Let’s Start a Conversation: Sexual Health and Pleasure,” produced in partnership with The Ali Forney Center, Callen-Lorde, Housing Works, Iris House, The LGBT Center, and SAGE. The magazine takes an open, honest, affirming approach to exploring sexuality and sexual health. Community members, health care providers, and other contributors share everything from intimate details about sexual preferences to practical knowledge about safer sex. Topics include boosting sexual self-confidence, transgender sex, sex after 50, sexual health exams and screenings, and HIV and STI prevention methods.

“Sexuality is such an important part of physical and emotional health. Our goal for this magazine is to celebrate and honor the variety and authenticity of sexual experience in our communities,” said Doug Wirth, president and CEO of Amida Care. “This is a forum that gives diverse voices the opportunity to freely express themselves in a sex-positive way. We’re delighted that so many community members and partners participated and shared their views and knowledge.”

The magazine also explores strategies to end the HIV/AIDS Epidemic, including the use of PrEP and PEP to prevent HIV transmission, substance use harm reduction that supports safer sex, and combatting HIV stigma. Also featured is the campaign launched by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, “Undetectable = Untransmittable,” to raise awareness that people living with HIV and taking treatment that keeps the virus suppressed to an undetectable level cannot transmit HIV to sexual partners.

Read the Sexual Health + Pleasure magazine.

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Mastercard and Western Union Explore Digital Model for Refugee Camps

Research indicates need to integrate access to goods, services and finances in digital format

Press Release – Purchase, NY and Englewood, CO – June 20, 2017 – With more than 65 million people around the world currently displaced from their homes due to political conflict and natural disasters, there is a growing need to find better ways for refugees to achieve self-sufficiency and become economic engines in their host countries.

On World Refugee Day, Mastercard and Western Union announced a collaboration to explore the development of a digital model to help refugees more easily access basic human goods, services and finances within refugee settlements. The aim is to enable refugees, their host communities and donors to send and receive funds digitally, allowing for more transparency and long-term empowerment of refugees.

Over the last year, Mastercard and Western Union examined the needs, challenges and opportunities for refugees and their host communities at two settlement camps in northwestern Kenya. The findings have led to the development of Smart Communities: Using Digital Technology to Create Sustainable Refugee Economies, a blueprint that would combine digital access to remittances, banking, education, healthcare and other basic needs in way that is unified and trackable.

“Today’s camps were not built to sustain a global refugee crisis of this magnitude,” said Tara Nathan, executive vice president of public-private partnerships at Mastercard. “Our plans to reinvent the existing model can help the world’s refugee populations achieve self-sufficiency faster, while also contributing to the economic growth of their host communities.”

“Refugees across the world want to be empowered to break the chains of dependence and to rebuild their lives in meaningful ways, while also contributing positively to their host communities,” said Maureen Sigliano, head of customer relationship management at Western Union. “The new digital infrastructure model would focus on solutions that might include the delivery of mobile money, digital vouchers, prepaid cards, and track other goods and services. The goal is to drive personal empowerment, stimulate growth and promote social cohesion among the world’s refugee populations, while driving better governance and transparency.”

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that the average length of a refugee settlement dependency is approximately 26 years. Many of today’s refugee camps founded in the 1960s and 70s, were built as a temporary solution and are unable to sustain today’s systemic long-term dependence.

The qualitative research conducted at the Kakuma and Kalobeyei camps in Kenya uncovered the complexity of needs in the camps and the surrounding community. The Mastercard and Western Union blueprint would address these various needs by:

  • Laying the groundwork for a set of multipurpose transactional tools that refugees and residents can access, which are optimized to work in low infrastructure areas.
  • Giving residents greater control over their livelihoods, well-being, and dignity, while providing agencies access to data that informs community planning and development.
  • Providing a digital platform which would serve as a unique identifier for both local and refugee populations, advancing the critical goals of social cohesion and cooperation across the settlement.
  • Encouraging adoption of digital payments as an entry point to the formal financial system and can be extended to incorporate a wider set of use cases.

Both Mastercard and Western Union are founding members of the Tent Partnership for Refugees, a coalition of more than 70 companies committed to addressing the global refugee crisis.

“The private sector is uniquely positioned to bring greater innovation and ingenuity to this crisis,” said Gideon Maltz, executive director of Tent. “Today’s announcement offers an exciting new approach to helping refugees, and reflects the contributions that companies can make when they identify problems, collaborate with each other, and work tirelessly to find and fund scalable solutions to fix them. It’s our hope that initiatives such as these encourage even more companies and entrepreneurs to step up.”

About Mastercard

Mastercard (NYSE: MA),, is a technology company in the global payments industry. We operate the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. Mastercard products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone. Follow us on Twitter @MastercardNews, join the discussion on the Beyond the Transaction Blog and subscribe for the latest news on the Engagement Bureau.

About Western Union

The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business Solutions branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders. As of March 31, 2017, the Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services were offered through a combined network of over 550,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories and over 150,000 ATMs and kiosks, and included the capability to send money to billions of accounts. For more information, visit


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