On March 8th, individuals around the world – of all genders – will come together to celebrate International Women’s Day. Since the first gathering, held over a century ago, leaders have made great progress in driving gender equality. But, we still have work to do to continue advocating for women’s advancement around the world.
Bank provides an affordable path to home ownership
CINCINNATI, March 9, 2020 /3BL Media/ – Fifth Third Bank, National Association, today announced an expansion to its Down Payment Assistance program that will now help pay up to $7,500 toward a down payment and closing costs for qualified buyers.* The program provides an affordable option for low-income families and those purchasing homes in low-income communities.*
“We want to help build strong communities,” said Chris Shroat, head of Fifth Third Mortgage. “We know that making purchasing an affordable home achievable is one of the best ways we can help improve our neighborhoods.”
We believe that over the next 10 years, effective CSR initiatives of purpose-driven companies will be characterized by three principles: business alignment, user-centricity and co-creation.
Corporate social responsibility—the practice of companies holding themselves accountable to serve a social purpose and make a positive impact—was not always the main focus of business leaders. Channel some profits into philanthropy, it was thought, and you’ve checked the CSR box.
Why? Because when the world thrives, businesses thrive.
Businesses are part of the global ecosystem. And ecosystems, by definition, require balance and diversity. They also require a point of view larger than oneself and longer than the immediate future. They require an understanding that we are stronger as a connected whole than as isolated actors.
A new tool offers cities tailored options for driving dynamic growth and an inclusive economy
The U.S. economy is continuing the continuing the longest expansion in history — unemployment is at record lows and wages are creeping up, but national averages can hide a lot of variety. Local policymakers in struggling cities certainly know this, as do regional planners. In many big cities, jobs are growing, but wages are declining as low-wage occupations dominate; in others, jobs are disappearing. Even boom towns have their own set of issues, from rising housing costs to growing inequality. And then there’s the perennial worry—how long will it last?
Over the last 75 years, we have seen more than a billion people emerge from poverty and we have witnessed the creation of a global middle class. In addition, the proliferation of digital technology over the last few decades has created new ways for people to connect to the networks they need to advance and grow. However, the benefits of this economic and digital growth, while significant, have not been equally shared by everyone.
At the end of 2019, Whole Planet Foundation invited all partners in the Asia/Pacific region to participate in the field officer appreciation award. After a Foundation community vote, there are five grand prize winners and twelve honorable mentions. You will notice that all three of Whole Planet Foundation’s partners in Vietnam received the top recognition! This blog spotlights the stories from our microfinance partners in Vietnam, however these winners are recognized alongside Ms. Elisabeth Kaisamy from South Pacific Business Development Fiji and Ms.