Gender-lens investing is not just an effective means for channeling funds towards interventions that advance gender equality and empower women and girls, but also as a strategic tool for investors to identify investment opportunities with unrealized value (e.g. underinvested women entrepreneurs with good growth prospects) and uncovering potential risks (e.g. sexual harassment, low staff retention, value chain abuses) that have a material influence on their financial returns. For example, as investors start applying gender lens to their investment analysis, it provides a strong incentive for companies of all sizes to improve the transparency and accountability of their gender equality practices in workplace, markets, and the community. Investing with a gender lens is not just the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do.
Gender Lens Investing Panel | Moderated by Suzanne Biegel, Founder, Catalyst at Large
Carlos André, CEO, Banco de Brasil DTVM
Michael Denham, CEO, Business Development Bank of Canada
Sarah Chen, Co-founder and Managing Partner, The Billion Dollar Fund for Women
Stephanie Queda Cruz, Head of Gender, Diversity and Inclusion, Inter-American Development Bank