Gender Equality

Overview

The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) defines gender lens investing as investment strategies applied to an allocation or to the entirety of an investment portfolio, which 1) seek to intentionally and measurably address gender disparities and/or 2) examine gender dynamics to better inform investment decisions.

Gender equality data of companies is traditionally limited to the number of female-identified board members. The non-profit Equileap has created an enhanced gender report card which includes 19 criteria in the following categories:

  • Gender balance in leadership and workforce
  • Equal compensation and work life balance
  • Policies promoting gender equality
  • Commitment, transparency & accountability
  • Alarm bells

The Equileap Gender Score of mutual and exchange traded funds can be found on Gender Equality Funds.

Gender Lens Funds

In recent years, several gender lens focused funds have been created. Examples of gender lens funds include:

gender equality ROBO-ADVISORS

Ellevest, an online fee based (annual fee of 0.25%) investment platform, offers a portfolio of ETFs and mutual fund which focus on women in leadership, sustainable companies, and community development.

Newday Impact offers a Nia Global Solutions portfolio. This portfolio is managed by Nia Impact Capital, a certified B Corporation investment advisor. Nia Impact Capital is woman-led and applies a gender lens across their investment decision-making process.

Sustainable Development Goals

The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide an internationally recognized framework for sustainability. Gender Equality will directly contribute to SDG 5: Gender Equality.

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