Gender Lens Investing: A smart lens, but where is the focus?

Gender Lens Investing: A smart lens, but where is the focus?

Whether it’s labelled “gender lens investing” (GLI) or “gender smart investing”, there is increasing recognition of the need to incorporate gender factors into investment analysis and decisions. Why is this? Some will argue on economic grounds that women’s participation in the workforce and leadership provide underexploited opportunities for innovation and growth (McKinsey), are linked to greater productivity and return in companies (MSCI) and bring opportunities for better customer insights – for example, in the consumer goods industry where 70-80% of purchasing decisions are made by women. Others will remind us that gender equality is vital to the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals – and that there’s still a long way to go.

Discover our article "Impact investing: a breadth of opportunity" published on Media Planet

Discover our article "Impact investing: a breadth of opportunity" published on Media Planet

The Pope Francis rarely makes headlines of financial newspapers. Media Planet dared to highlight the Catholic leader's vision of "putting the economy at the service of peoples", a vision shared by the social investment sector.

Investing for Good took part in the writing of "The Future of Impact Investing", a special edition of Media Planet published on Sept 28th 2018 as a supplement of The Guardian. Discover below the article "A breadth of opportunity" written by Geoff Burnand, CEO at Investing for Good.

How good are you at impact management? Take our 5 minutes quiz to find out!

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As an impact-driven organisation, not only are you expected to create impact, but you are required to show evidence of the social and/or environmental impact you claim. Genuine intentions are not sufficient anymore, neither are case studies, interesting though these can be. You are expected to show results. To have strong impact data.

Tackling homelessness with coffee: interview with Cemal Ezel, founder of Change Please

Tackling homelessness with coffee: interview with Cemal Ezel, founder of Change Please

Thematic Month: Homelessness

Change Please, backed by the founder of the Big Issue magazine, started with an observation: Londoners love coffee. And coffee could make a difference. After having trained homeless people as baristas, the organisation provides them with a temporary accommodation and a job: selling ethically-sourced coffee in the streets.