Future Returns: Investing With a Gender Lens
By Abby Schultz
Gender lens investing strategies have boomed in recent years, fueled by the #MeToo movement, increased awareness about how women often are treated, and a recognition that companies benefit when diversity and inclusion is fostered.
Last fall, Veris Wealth Partners reported assets under management in specified gender lens strategies in the public markets climbed to $2.4 billion from $100 million in just four years.
Yet the true amount of gender lens investing is likely in the trillions when investments from funds with broader impact strategies are included as well as private equity and debt, venture capital, and commitments made by development finance institutions.
But what does gender lens investing mean? To Veris, a U.S. wealth management firm tracking the sector since 2016, it means “deliberately incorporating a gender analysis into a financial analysis in order to get better outcomes.”
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