Use our sector-specific Gender-Smart Investing Resource Hub to explore gender opportunities, screen potential investments through a gender lens, and advise companies on how to better integrate gender through their operations and supply chains. These gender lens investing tools are designed for impact investors (both impact-first and finance-first) who are deploying various asset classes to companies primarily in emerging and developing country markets.
Integrating gender insights into investment processes is just smart investing. With variation by sector and context, gender affects business, and business affects gender – both inside and outside the company. It’s a ubiquitous factor that remains under-studied and inadequately leveraged.
A growing body of research clearly links gender diversity in leadership and the workforce, to financial returns, lower risk, and sustainable growth. As both impact investors and traditional investors recognize how gender considerations are related to the bottom line, gender-smart investing is making its way into the mainstream.Learn more about the connection between gender and materiality.
Gender-smart investing (GSI) is the use of capital to simultaneously generate financial returns and advance gender equality. Applying a “gender lens” is about integrating gender analysis into financial analysis to see things you otherwise might miss.
In the world of work, gender-related risks and opportunities crosscut all industries. However, gender itself is constructed based on a dynamic set of relations between women and men in different contexts. Investors must therefore ask different questions based on the sector, business model, region, and their own investment thesis.
For more information on the history and evolution of gender-smart investing, please investigate the following resources:
As the field of and demand for GSI evolves and matures, so must the instruments for assessment and valuation. The ICRW Gender-Smart Investing Resource Hub builds on a foundation of gender lens investing tools and research from the past decade to meet a fresh, refined need: sector-specific technical tools for learning and decision-making.
The open-source tools in this Hub enable users—primarily impact investors and development finance institutions—to make their investment processes gender-smart, thereby powering better, more informed, and ultimately smarter investments. The Hub currently houses resources for four sectors: agriculture, off-grid energy, power infrastructure, and healthcare. Each sector includes:
*Note: Power infrastructure and healthcare do not yet have the full suite of resources.
The GSI Resource Hub was developed by ICRW Advisors in 2018 with funding from the UK Department for International Development Impact Programme, and support from CDC Group. We welcome feedback and look forward to refining and expanding these investor resources with their continued use. For more information on our methodology, technical assistance, or to inquire about expansion into a sector of interest, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org