Gender lens investing (GLI) has gained traction globally with an increasing number of mainstream investors incorporating gender-based analysis into their investment decisions. While investing along a gender lens may be more pronounced in the west, the GLI landscape in Asia has shown rapid growth over the past few years. By investing in gender equity, Asia Pacific could see $4.5 trillion added to the annual GDP by 2025.
While there have been significant improvements in gender outcomes over the past decade, more needs to be done to reach gender equality. GLI can play a big role in bringing about a more equitable gender balance in the workplace and leadership roles while offering ways to achieve better social outcomes while still meeting financial goals. GLI touches all asset classes and a wide range of investors, most of whom are seeking market-rate risk-adjusted returns. While the initial focus of GLI was on women led businesses or women in senior leadership roles, investors have begun to expand this into the value chain to include businesses that create value for women.
- Gained an understanding of the key players in Asia’s gender lens investing landscape
- Learned about the challenges and opportunities in this region from practitioners who have applied a gender lens
- Identified the role private wealth can play in achieving gender equality
- Understood different avenues of impact creation through GLI