We activate 100% of our balance sheet to mission-aligned opportunities across multiple asset classes with a gender lens investment thesis that seeks to deliver impact alpha, or market-beating financial returns because of, not in spite of, our impact investment thesis.
According to the OECD (2010), women and girls earning money reinvest an average of 90% into their families and communities, while men on average invest 30-40%. Another study by McKinsey (2015) found that if the labor force participation rate of women increased to match that of men by 2025, global GDP would increase by 26% or $28 trillion. We believe that elevating the role of women across all sectors is essential to building stronger economies and improving the quality of life for women, men, families and communities.
Our private portfolio invests debt and equity with managers of funds, fund-of-funds and in early-stage social ventures. Our public portfolio invests in debt and equity managers with robust, integrated diligence processes that analyze financial, environmental, social and governance factors in publicly traded companies. In addition to parking our cash and equivalents with impactful institutions, we put our good financial standing to work as a loan guarantor to emerging market SMEs and microfinance institutions.
The following organizations have given us the opportunity to align our investments with our values.