Last week, we published the Women of CCM – a six-page report highlighting the members of our team who are women. Coincidentally, this report was printed just at the start of a series of holidays honoring women, including National Girls and Women in Sports Day, International Women’s Day, and Harriet Tubman Day. These days of national observance celebrate the extraordinary achievements of women and recognize the progress in gender equality across the globe.Read More
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, awareness of gender inequality is becoming more widespread. An increasing number of people around the world are taking action and using a gender lens to consciously improve outcomes for women.
According to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) and Sustainable Development Goal #5, providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.Read More
At CCM, we categorize our investments using seventeen impact themes, one of which is gender lens. We define this theme as follows: benefiting women and girls, primarily those that are low- and moderate-income, such as women-owned businesses, educational programs, health-related services, and affordable homeownership. We support these initiatives promoting gender equality, especially in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, because of their roles in helping young girls and women advance their skills and job opportunities.
Investors are increasingly interested in seeing examples of the types of bonds that incorporate gender lens. We have included two below.Read More
While the U.S. has made tremendous progress in gender equality, a gender gap persists. Whether it is a result of institutional discrimination towards women, their roles as caregivers affecting their salaries, or a combination of both, a gender wage gap is prevalent among many occupations.Read More
We hear about the gender gap discussed in the news covering all types of fields and regions of the world. People can argue endlessly about the origins, culprits, and measurements of gender discrimination. Yet, data continues to show that women are significantly underrepresented in the world of financial services. PwC’s report “Mending the gender gap, advancing tomorrow’s women leaders in financial services” highlights this data by noting that women in financial services hold only 19% of senior level positions, 14% of board seats, and 2% of CEO roles. Women, however, aren’t the only ones feeling deprived. In fact, companies may also be losing potential gains by having male-dominated boards. Studies have found that companies experience a 42% higher return in sales, 66% greater return on invested capital, and 53% higher return on equity relative to their competition with less gender-diverse boards.Read More