In October 2018, I joined the Investing for Good team as a flexible intern. Since returning from Kenya, I had nurtured a curiosity in the field of impact investing and was eager to develop further understanding of the sector, alongside my studies at King’s College London.
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.
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.
Interest in impact investing has never been greater. Institutional investors have been developing their approach to environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues over many years. Now they are beginning to realise that negative screening is not the only or indeed the best approach to satisfying the demands of clients to be more proactive as responsible investors. Options include positive screening, engagement and impact investing – and the latter is the most pro-active approach.