It's an exciting time for all of us at Experian. When I became CEO, just over four years ago, we set a clear path to put an even greater focus on our relationship with consumers and how we can help them in their financial journey.
Today, as we prepare to launch Experian Boost™† , we are marking a major milestone in that commitment. There are more than 100 million Americans who don't have fair access to credit today. These consumers are often overlooked by lenders and forced to rely on high interest credit cards and loans. Too often they find themselves stuck in a never-ending cycle in which the best of intentions and the desire for a better financial future clash with reality.
At Experian, we know that a credit score is the gatekeeper to better financial opportunities. It can make or break people's access to the very things that help them thrive in today's economy like getting a loan for a family car or access to a credit card with a lower interest rate.
Unfortunately, many consumers have credit files that are considered too "thin". And while they may be paying their utility, mobile phone and cable TV bills on time month after month, this responsible behavior hasn't been acknowledged or rewarded with a higher credit score. Experian Boost changes this scenario and give consumers the credit they deserve.
As a business, we want to ensure that as many people as possible can access and participate in the financial system and we believe everyone deserves a fair shot at achieving their financial dreams.
Today's Experian Boost announcement drives our mission forward by giving consumers more control over their credit score.
This industry-first online platform will give consumers an opportunity to instantly improve their credit scores by adding positive telecom and utility payment information directly into their credit profile. Experian Boost is free and will be accessible to every credit-active adult in America.
We recently briefed Experian's Consumer Council, a group of 12 leaders from organizations committed to helping consumers on their financial journey, on Experian Boost with great feedback. Here's what one of the organizations, the Credit Builders Alliance, had to say:
"Limited credit activity and history are key barriers for consumers to achieve their financial goals," said Dara Duguay, executive director, Credit Builders Alliance. "We fully support initiatives that promote financial inclusion and think Experian Boost could play an important role in overcoming that barrier. We look forward to seeing how Experian's new platform impacts consumers."
Innovations like this and the modernization of an industry don't happen easily. I couldn't be prouder of our employees who have been working for past three years to make this platform a reality. We are pioneering a bright future for the world of credit with Experian Boost, a product which is emblematic of the innovation culture we foster at Experian.
Experian has a fundamental purpose that is shared by colleagues around the world: to strive to be a champion for the consumer. With Experian Boost, we're bringing our purpose to life and we can't wait to share it with you.
To find out more about Experian Boost, please visit: experian.com/boost.
Want to instantly increase your credit score? Experian Boost™ helps by giving you credit for the utility and mobile phone bills you're already paying. Until now, those payments did not positively impact your score.
This service is completely free and can boost your credit scores fast by using your own positive payment history. It can also help those with poor or limited credit situations. Other services such as credit repair may cost you up to thousands and only help remove inaccuracies from your credit report.