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
Against the ongoing challenges of global inequality, gender lens investing is growing and positioned to expand beyond WIL into additional areas where metrics around the benefits of gender equity are slowly emerging. This includes supplier diversity and inclusion, which describes an organization’s commitment to maintain a diverse pool of women and other underrepresented business owners in the procurement process.[Read more…] about Why Should Investors Seek Diverse Supply Chains?
As we move through the second half of 2020, growth in corporate women-in-leadership (WIL) remains slow and uneven. The number of women CEOs in the Fortune 500 companies reached a new high of 37 this year, but that is still only 7.4% of the total. After the FTSE 350 companies briefly registered no all-male boards, two companies slipped back into all-male board status earlier this year.
Nonetheless, gender lens equity and fixed income investing continues to grow, founded on consistent evidence of superior financial performance by companies with stronger WIL levels. In an expanded coverage list, the 23 primary gender lens equity funds available to individual investors include nine global equity funds and 14 regional equity offerings. See second-quarter performance here.[Read more…] about Q2 2020 Overview – Can Gender Lens Funds Help Move the Dial on Pay Equality?