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Thrive Microfinance (Private) Ltd improves its social performance

Thrive Microfinance (Private) Ltd (THRIVE), a microfinance service provider based in Harare, Zimbabwe, has achieved an SPIR2 rating, which represents an improvement over its previous rating of SPIR2- obtained in 2017. The systematic implementation of a tool to measure the poverty level of its clients, together with a policy of communication of results and measures […]

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FSACCI Coffee Table

On June 25th, the French South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FSACCI) organised a FSACCI Coffee Table at their offices in Johannesburg, on “Shared Value and Social Performance Management”. Richard O. Wilson (CEO of Inclusion [Social Ratings]) introduced the participants to Shared Value and how companies’ social impact is not only a cost for them […]

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 Ship2B’s DemoDay

On June 20th, Inclusion [SR]’s team in Barcelona attended the Ship2B’s DemoDay and got to know about twelve social and environmental impact start-ups that provide solutions to some of the most social and environmental pressing needs such as harassment on the internet, violence in sports, access to finance, improvement of health, or solving the access to housing […]

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Tools for improving your Social Performance & Impact

The third issue of our series on improving your social performance and impact is out now. The series is aimed at providing overviews of policies to enhance social performance practices in your organization and covers topics such as environmental management tools, effective design of social mission statements and tools for collecting social data, among others. This third […]

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Business with purpose and the rise of the fourth sector

The Ibero-American General Secretariat and the IE Center for the Governance of Change have released an interesting study “Business with purpose and the rise of the fourth sector in Ibero-America” which analyzes the rise of the fourth sector and the current state of business with purpose in seven Ibero-American countries. It takes down the myth that businesses […]

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Impact Investment on the radio

María Ángeles León, co-founder of Open Value Foundation and Global Social Impact Fund, talks about impact investment, microfinance and social entrepreneurs on esRadio. To listen to the program, aired on 28.04.2019, in Spanish click here.

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COAC Santa Anita obtains its first Social Performance and Impact Rating

The Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito Santa Anita Ltda. (COAC Santa Anita), founded in 2001 with the objective of supporting the development of the indigenous farming sectors of northern Ecuador, has obtained an SPIR rating of SP4 +. Santiago Arnaudin, Director of Social Ratings of I[SR] said: “Santa Anita COAC demonstrates a clear orientation towards […]

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Second-largest MFI in Myanmar gets rated

Sathapana Limited, a deposit-taking MFI based in Myanmar, obtained an SP3 rating, which suggests that its processes and infrastructure are consistent with a good likelihood of acting in the best interest of its clients and that it is amongst its highest priorities. The SPIR Rating Report highlights that Sathapana’s written policies reveal the MFI’s support […]

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Tools for improving you Social Performance and Impact

We are happy to present our second issue of the series on tools for improving your social performance and impact, written by our regulatory advisor and representative for Latin America, Micaela Pierolivo. The articles are aimed to provide overviews of policies to enhance companies’ practices in terms of social performance topics such as environmental management tools, effective […]

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SPIR Announcement: COAC Santa Anita

Inclusion [Social Ratings] released a newly assigned Social Performance & Impact Rating (SPIR) today on the Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito Santa Anita (COAC Santa Anita), based in Cotacachi, Ecuador. COAC Santa Anita’s Social Mission says “We are a Popular and Solidarity Savings and Credit Cooperative that offers quality financial products and services, aimed at the rural […]

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SPIR Announcement: Sathapana Limited

Inclusion [Social Ratings] today released a newly assigned Social Performance & Impact Rating (SPIR) on Sathapana Limited (SATHAPANA), a deposit-taking microfinance institution (DMFI) based in Yangon, Myanmar. SATHAPANA’s Social Mission is “To empower entrepreneurs and to generate employments in order to upgrade their living standard through access to financial services in a sustainable manner”. The word Sathapana […]

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Inclusion [SR] welcomes George Madzokere who will support us in our new Cape Town office

George joins us as Technical Wizard (not really his official title… but should be). His responsibilities include developing new rating scorecards and enhancing our existing analytics, as well as providing critical technical support. George has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Financial Economics & Investment Management, a Bachelor of Science degree in Actuarial Sciences and […]

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Tools for improving your Social Performance and Impact

Inclusion [Social Ratings] is pleased to share with our clients and partners the first of our series of articles on tools for improving your social performance and impact, written by our regulatory advisor and representative for Latin America, Micaela Pierolivo. The series will provide overviews of policies to enhance companies’ practices in terms of social […]

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Financial technology in Benin: Mobile accounts exceed those opened in banks

The acquisition of smartphones, androids, etc. has sparked a debate in Benin about the rivalry between mobile phone companies and banks. Currently most Beninese users predominantly rely on mobile payments to send and receive money in their country. As a result, the use of electronic money has grown exponentially over the last five years in […]

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Borvor Finance PLC improves its social performance

Borvor Finance PLC (formerly known as CCSF), a rural credit operator based in Cambodia, obtained an SP3- rating, which represents an improvement on its previous SP4+ rating in 2017. The creation of a board of directors and measures designed to measure client satisfaction and receive their feedback were amongst the main drivers for this change. […]

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Significant Development of Financial Inclusion in Latin America during 2018

2018 closed on a positive balance for the expansion of financial inclusion in Latin America, according to the IV Financial Inclusion Report 2018 published by the Latin American Federation of Banks (Federación Latinoamericana de Bancos or Felaban). The gap that existed between groups with limited access to financial services and financial inclusion has been narrowed, […]

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