The following 944 publicly-traded companies have either: (a) at least one woman in a key leadership role (Board Chair, President, CEO, CFO or COO), or (b) at least 50% female board representation (i.e., board gender parity). There are 42 countries and 67 industries represented. The relevant U.S. Fortune 500 and Global Fortune 500 lists of companies are included here. In addition, the 19 equity market indexes included are:[Read more…] about Parallelle® FemLed: Companies
Gender lens investing (GLI) is a thematic environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategy that is inspired by women in leadership (WIL) and related gender equality criteria.
The primary publicly traded GLI equity funds available to individual investors include 12 global and 16 regional funds that together closed out 2020 with US$2.67 billion in assets under management (AUM). As a whole, they weathered the year’s economic storms well, with only one fund closing and three new ones launching.[Read more…] about Q4 2020 Overview – A Call to Action: Aligning Gender Lens Investing and ESG
Gender Lens Investing 2021: Supporting a women-focused recovery reviews the 2020 performance and composition of gender lens equity funds, offers an overview of gender lens fixed income vehicles and explores the dynamics shaping publicly-available gender lens investing in 2021.[Read more…] about Special Report
As the pandemic and subsequent economic downturn unfolded, a rush of studies highlighted the unique effect of COVID-19 on women in the global economy. Researchers have called on governments, multilateral institutions, and private employers to place women and girls front and center in recovery efforts.[Read more…] about The Effect of COVID-19 on Women: Measuring the Damage and Charting Paths to Recovery
As the investable assets of nonprofit entities, endowments comprise an important segment of institutional investment capital. A growing focus on how these assets can successfully invest in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategies has shed new light on the potential for gender lens investing by endowments.[Read more…] about The Rise of Endowments in Gender Lens Investing
The third quarter was an eventful one for gender lens investing as well as women in leadership (WIL) in the financial sector and elsewhere.
Gender lens equity funds turned in modest positive returns, a trajectory in line with the broader market. This suite of mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), which developed in response to evidence that companies with higher WIL metric generate superior financial and stock price performance, includes 23 primary gender lens equity funds that are available to individual investors. Of these, nine are global and 14 are regional.[Read more…] about Q3 2020 Overview – Gender Lens Funds: Ups and Downs for Women in the Workforce