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December 19, 2013

Closing the Gap in Access to Financial Services for Low-Income Workers

BSR's HERfinance and others have found that a significant number of low-income salaried workers do not have access to the formal financial products and services they need. Although microfinance institutions can provide locally informed solutions, major financial institutions have the opportunity to promote inclusive development and reach a vast, untapped market.

#Financial Services #HERproject #Supply Chain #Womens Empowerment

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December 5, 2013

Can the WTO Succeed in Creating an Inclusive Trade Regime?

The WTO talks in Bali hinge on a deal that puts developing countries' needs at the center of the global trade regime. How can this deal help forge a more inclusive economy?

#Ethics and Governance #Financial Services #Sustainability Management

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August 8, 2013

Three Steps Toward Green Finance in China

The Chinese government has issued guidelines on how banks can implement green credit policies, but significant challenges remain to encourage banks' investment in environmentally and socially responsible projects and companies.

#Environment #Financial Services

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July 8, 2013

Equator Principles III: What Do Financial Services Companies Need to Know?

With the launch of the third version of the Equator Principles last month, the scope and scale of how banks manage environmental and social risks in financial activities has significantly increased. We share three points that particularly demonstrate the strength of the revised principles.

#Climate Change #Financial Services #Human Rights

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June 19, 2013

Notes from the Field: Lessons from HERfinance’s First Training

BSR's HERfinance—a financial literacy and inclusion program launched in late 2012—held its first-ever training for peer educators at a factory in India. Our consultant was on-site and reported back on what she learned from the session.

#Financial Services #Grants #HERproject #Womens Empowerment

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June 18, 2013

Take That, Cynics! As Companies Detail PRISM Involvement, Transparency Proves Its Value

For years, some major tech companies have published voluntary law enforcement reports, which have been criticized for methodological shortcomings. Following revelations of the PRISM program, however, these reports have played a critical role in shaping and informing the debate on government surveillance in the digital age.

#Financial Services #Information and Communications Technology #Reporting and Communications #Sustainability Management

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June 11, 2013

Financial Services: Myanmar at the Crossroads

Myanmar at the Crossroads

Myanmar is considered the last great frontier market. With a little help from business, it could develop in a sustainable manner.

#Financial Services #Human Rights

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May 7, 2013

The Middle East’s ‘Latent’ Crisis—and What It Means for CSR

Paris-based economist and Middle East specialist Hugo Micheron explains how the Gulf's rates of overconsumption and unemployment—and its economy built around oil—are creating a perfect storm of sustainability challenges.

#Financial Services #Human Rights

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April 3, 2013

Women’s World Banking: What Women’s Empowerment Means to Me

In a guest blog, we hear from Women's World Banking on how public-private partnerships, in-depth market research, and financial products designed for the specific needs of women can contribute to women's empowerment.

#Financial Services #Womens Empowerment

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March 28, 2013

Looking for the Exit: Investors Find Value in ESG

Investors are now factoring management of environmental, social, and governance issues into deal decisions and negotiations.

#Financial Services

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