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December 19, 2013
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.
December 5, 2013
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?
August 8, 2013
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.
July 8, 2013
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.
June 19, 2013
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.
June 18, 2013
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.
May 7, 2013
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.
April 3, 2013
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.