We activate 100% of our balance sheet for impact, investing in mission-aligned opportunities across multiple asset classes with a gender lens investment strategy that seeks to deliver strong risk-adjusted, market-rate financial returns because of its focus on social impact and not the lack thereof.
According to the IFC Jobs Study (2013), women-headed households were found to reinvest up to 90% of their income into their families, compared to 30-40% contributed by men. 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 $28 trillion, or 26%. We believe women’s economic empowerment across all sectors is essential to building stronger economies and improving the quality of life for women, men, families and communities.
Our alternative investments are allocated among debt and equity managers of funds, fund-of-funds and in early-stage social ventures. Our traditional investments are allocated among 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.