Financial Inclusion

Financial inclusion isn’t a one-size-fits-all process, with more than 2 billion people worldwide living outside the global financial system. The good news: advances in big data and technology along with changes in regulation and creative partnerships between the public and private sectors are providing new pathways to help people gain financial stability.

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Diversity & Inclusion

MetLife Recognized for Disability Equality
MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET) announced that it has received a top score on the Disability Equality Index® (DEI), making the company a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” for the sixth year in a row.

Sustainable Finance & Socially Responsible Investment

Inclusive Fintech 50 Announces 2020 Cohort of Fintech Startups Driving Financial Inclusion and Resilience
Inclusive Fintech 50 announced the 2020 cohort of startups driving inclusion and resilience for the 3 billion financially underserved people globally.

Sustainable Finance & Socially Responsible Investment

MetLife Foundation and Visa Launch “Inclusive Fintech 50” to Elevate Early-Stage Fintechs Addressing Financial Inclusion
The initiative brings together four organizations driving investment and influence in technology and innovation for financial inclusion. The initiative will be implemented by MIX, the global data resource for socially responsible investors and businesses focused on inclusive finance.

Sustainable Finance & Socially Responsible Investment

Multi-Year Effort Launches to Help Millions of Financially Vulnerable People Build Savings & Economic Opportunity
MetLife Foundation and Commonwealth announced a new project, Making Wealth Common: Extending Financial Opportunity for All, which aims to reverse this trend beginning with over 300,000 financially vulnerable Americans.

Sustainable Finance & Socially Responsible Investment

New Study on Financial Inclusion, the 2018 Global Microscope, Shows Countries in Latin America and Asia Provide the Best Environments for Financial Progress
The Global Microscope on Financial Inclusion, now in its 11th year, is a benchmarking index that assesses the enabling environment for financial access in 55 countries. The 2018 Global Microscope underscores the evolving landscape of financial inclusion itself. This year’s index was completely revised to take a forward-looking focus on digital financial services, and to address the critical role of financial inclusion envisioned in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Sustainable Finance & Socially Responsible Investment

Multipliers of Prosperity | Money Is More Than Math: Exploring What Comes After Security for Low-Income Americans

Innovation & Technology

Multipliers of Prosperity: Social Platforms, Social Change
Every month, Donna Bowen of Mattapan, Massachusetts, communicates with around 45 complete strangers. Some are looking for advice on saving or credit-building, while others want to compare notes on issues like housing or education. They come from all places: not just nearby Boston, but Detroit, Albuquerque and Oakland. Each has a personal goal in mind—like purchasing a home, getting out of debt or starting their own business—and whatever the case, wherever they are, Bowen is there to lend an open ear and a voice of experience. She’s a user of a platform called UpTogether, an online network connecting members of low- and moderate-income communities across the country.

Innovation & Technology

Multipliers of Prosperity: Status Quo or Game Changer?
The financial technology, or fintech, revolution is gaining momentum in the MENA (Middle East/North Africa) region. Fintech investments in MENA totaled $18 million in 2016. In 2017, that figure was surpassed by a single $20 million round raised by the payment platform Paytabs, leading to heightened interest among investors: Wamda Research Lab, for example, puts total 2017 fintech investments in MENA at more than $50 million, a 270 percent year-over-year increase.

Research, Reports & Publications

Multipliers of Prosperity: Below the Surface
Consumer debt has reached record highs amid an economy that, on the surface of things, looks more robust than at any point since the Great Recession. Unemployment is at historic lows, and wages are up, leading to many optimistic interpretations of current debt trends. Yet signs continue to point to the fragility of many families’ finances. Costs of healthcare, housing, and food have all risen faster than increases in income. Debt in collections appears on one-third of all consumer credit reports.

Sustainable Finance & Socially Responsible Investment

Multipliers of Prosperity: Lending With a Mission
Mohammed Ali and his siblings had been driving past the vacant gas station on the east side of Saint Paul, Minnesota for years before they finally decided to make an offer to buy it—with the idea of opening a restaurant and grocery store catering to the neighborhood’s vibrant community of immigrants.
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