Gender lens investing

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If we don’t close the economic gender gap, we’re leaving money on the table

Gender inequality is in the spotlight like never before. If the global strikes and protests of last year’s International Women’s Day reminded us of the scale and importance of the challenge, they also showed us that genuine change is within reach. This year, we must ask ourselves how we can maintain and accelerate momentum. A good place

Why investing in women and girls will take off in 2019

I recently attended a meeting of investors, asset managers, foundations, family offices, and social entrepreneurs organised in New York by the Financial Times to explore “gender lens investing,” that is, investing in women and girls to boost overall development impact alongside a financial return. The discussions focused on this new niche as the next big

Gender-Lens Investing Strategies for 2019

After a decades-long outcry for data proving that gender-smart investing makes financial sense, today reams of evidence show that including women in government leads to more stable societies, educating women creates stronger communities, including women on company boards leads to better organizational performance, and access to contraceptives contributes to a stable economy. Once viewed as

How gender lens investing is becoming a roaring business trend

When Prince Charles announced a $100 million fund with the aim of reaching thousands of women and girls in South Asia to provide them support in the form of education and professional opportunities in the next five years, the British Asian Trust (BAT) was tasked with playing the role of the investment banker for the

Broadening the Meaning of Gender-Lens Investing

Demand for “gender-lens investing” strategies has boomed as investors seek to put capital to work in companies that address gender equality in the workplace. In the public markets alone, US$2.4 billion is invested in a variety of gender-lens strategies, like Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Leadership Fund (PXWEX) and SPDR State Street Global Advisors’  Gender Diversity Index ETF (SHE), up

How To Overcome The Gender Pioneer Gap

Earlier this year, Oxfam International reported that 1% of the global population generated 82% of the wealth in 2017. In March, Forbes reported that there are more than 2,200 billionaires in 72 countries, with a collective net worth of $9.1 trillion -- up 18% year over year. And in July, Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, became the richest

When will “socially responsible investing” become just “investing”?

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the global financial crisis, bringing with it an inescapable reminder of the power of the finance industry. While many tangible things have changed over the past decade—from stricter regulation to big banks’ leadership ranks—more subtle, yet no less consequential, shifts are also underway in the financial world. It

These New Funds Let You Invest According To Your Values–And Help Nonprofits

If you don’t like the idea of investing in companies with poor records on issues like sexual harassment in the workplace or gender diversity in boardrooms, here’s a new option for you. The Impact Shares YWCA Women’s Empowerment ETF, launching in the first quarter of 2018, only contains the shares of companies with high grades

Gender Lens Investing: Why the Opportunities Are Growing

Gender lens investing -- using capital to alleviate the economic plight of women and girls -- is gaining steam.  From being a blip on the screen a mere two decades ago, this field is being embraced by more than 100 private and public funds. And their investment products are getting more targeted: Investors can put money