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The Wall Street Journal (USA)


‘Gender Lens’ Funds Let Investors Put Money on Women Leaders
These funds invest based on whether a company has women in leadership roles or is committed to their advancement in some other way. If you are an investor who wants to support the advancement of women, there’s a category of investments for that: gender-lens funds.

ETF Trends (USA)


Biden Administration Announced First Ever National Strategy for Gender Equality
The end of last month saw the Biden administration outlining the first national strategy in the U.S. for gender equity that takes aim at the obstacles that are preventing women from advancing at the same rate as their male peers, reported Forbes.

Nederlands Dagblad (The Netherlands)


Onderzoek: Wolters Kluwer scoort hoogste op gendergelijkheid
Dataleverancier Wolters Kluwer is op dit moment het best presterende beursgenoteerde bedrijf van Nederland als het gaat om gendergelijkheid, concludeert onderzoeksbureau Equileap. Gemiddeld blijft Nederland achter op andere Europese landen wat betreft de representatie van vrouwen in het bedrijfsleven.

ESG Today (United States)


New York Life Investments Launches Impact Investing ETFs Targeting Clean Transport, Oceans, Gender Equality
Global asset manager New York Life Investments announced today the launch of three new ESG-focused thematic funds by its ETF solutions provider company IndexIQ. The new funds, focused on the themes of gender equality, clean oceans, and clean transport expand the company’s Dual Impact family of thematic investment strategies.

ETFDB (United States)


New York Life Investments Launches 3 Thematic ETFs
On Wednesday, IndexIQ, a New York Life Investments company, announced the expansion of its Dual Impact family of thematic investment strategies with the launch of three new funds: IQ Engender Equality ETF, IQ Clean Oceans ETF, and IQ Cleaner Transport ETF.

Le Soir (Belgium)


L’agence Equileap s’associe au Nasdaq pour le lancement d’une plateforme “sociale”
“Equileap fournira aux investisseurs ses données sur l’égalité hommes-femmes au sein des entreprises”, précise le communiqué qui ajoute que cette initiative s’inscrit dans “l’intérêt croissant porté par les investisseurs aux données ESG”. Les autres fournisseurs alimenteront la plateforme avec des données sur la diversité ou les émissions de carbone notamment.

Institutional Asset Manager (United Kingdom)


Nasdaq launches ESG Data Hub including data sets from Equileap and six other leading providers
The Nasdaq ESG Data Hub is the latest expansion in Nasdaq´s growing suite of products aiming to support investors in their sustainable investment decisions. The new platform connects investors with expert-led ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) data sets, from seven leading providers across a wide spectrum of areas, including diversity, carbon emissions and green bonds, providing the detailed and tangible intelligence on companies’ ESG profiles.

IPE (United Kingdom)


Nasdaq partners with seven ESG/impact data providers for new platform
Nasdaq, the tech stock exchange, has launched a new impact data tool with seven specialist partners to facilitate sustainable investment decisions. The Nasdaq ESG Data Hub will use ESG and impact data from Equileap focusing on gender equality, Ecogain specialising in biodiversity, RepRisk, a reputational risk specialist, Munich Re for climate risk, Inrate for carbon emissions, Upright Project for net impact, and Clean Tech for renewable technology data.

Top 1000 funds (Australia)


Asset owners’ increasingly global diversity lens
Studies by McKinsey, Boston Consulting Group and Credit Suisse have laid out the economic reasons for investing in women. They show that companies with women on the board have more effective organisations and higher revenues, and that filling in the gender gap – women make up only 39 per cent of the global workforce – could push global GDP up by 11 per cent.

Harvard Business Review (United States)


How Men Can Be More Inclusive Leaders
Note to men: Your father’s approach to leadership won’t work for you. In fact, it’s a recipe for failure. With the global pandemic, searing evidence of social injustice, the rise of employee activism, and the changing role of the corporation (success is no longer just about shareholder value), we are witnessing a fundamental shift in the workplace.

Il Sole 24 Ora (Italy)


L’Italia in affanno nel ranking di Equileap
Quando si parla del gender pay gap reale l’Italia non è il paese che brilla nelle classifiche internazionali. Se prendiamo quella di Eurostat ci collochiamo al di sotto della metà. Allargando il discorso alla parità di genere nel suo complesso e considerando, in particolare, il ranking di Equileap, «il punteggio medio è del 43%», spiegano dal provider di dati e ricerche sull’equità di genere, soprattutto di aziende quotate.

Asian Investor (Hong Kong)


How asset owners can push for gender parity in listed companies
Asset owners can influence gender parity efforts in listed companies by engaging with companies or investing in passive indices.

El Economista (Spain)


Diana van Maasdijk (Equileap): “Han aumentado los inversores en busca de datos sobre igualdad”
Desde hace cinco años Equileap, organización sin ánimo de lucro creada para acelerar los avances hacia la igualdad de género laboral, publica anualmente un ranking intersectorial que muestra hasta qué punto las mayores compañías del mundo desempeñan su papel en materia de igualdad de género.

The Globe & Mail (Canada)


How can we bridge the gender power gap? Six ways employers, governments and men can do better
You’ve read The Globe’s investigation of how women and racialized people are shut out of powerful roles in the public sector, academia and on Bay Street. The solutions include more transparency, mandatory targets, better child care – and all genders doing their part

Bloomberg (United States)


World’s Most Gender-Diverse Corporation Says Secret to Success Is Childcare
One of Europe’s best capitalized and top performing banks was also just named the world’s most gender diverse corporation. DNB ASA, Norway’s biggest bank, achieved the highest score for equality between the sexes of all corporations in the Equileap Gender Equality Global Report & Ranking of 2021, published this month.

EFStream (United Kingdom)


Gender equality ETFs in the spotlight for International Women’s Day
ESG strategies have shown the returns potential and demand for principled investments. On International Women’s Day, the question needs to be asked whether gender diversity ETFs have enjoyed similar success. In October 2017, Lyxor became the first issuer in Europe to launch an ETF, the Lyxor Global Gender Equality UCITS ETF (ELLE), that directly offered exposure to companies that performed well from a gender equality perspective.

Financial Times (United Kingdom)


FTSE 100 companies lag peers on anti-sexual harassment policies
Three years after the #MeToo movement highlighted the widespread incidence of unwanted sexual advances in the workplace, fewer than half of FTSE 100 companies published an anti-sexual harassment policy, research shows. Equileap — which provides data on gender equality used by fund and index providers to construct so-called gender lens investment strategies — found just 49 per cent of FTSE 100 companies published an anti-sexual harassment policy in 2020 compared to 69 per cent of S&P 500 companies and 60 per cent of companies in the MSCI developed markets world index.

Challenges (France)


Dans le travail, les femmes ont plus souffert de la crise sanitaire que les hommes
L’épidémie de Covid-19 a eu des conséquences négatives sur la situation professionnelle des femmes en 2020 qui ont dû s’occuper davantage des enfants, malgré des progrès dans certains pays ou entreprises, selon un rapport annuel du cabinet Equileap paru jeudi.
“Le Covid-19 a eu des conséquences massives et disproportionnées sur les femmes à travers la planète”, selon ce cabinet spécialisé qui recueille des données sur plus de 3.700 entreprises d’une capitalisation supérieure à deux milliards de dollars dans 23 pays développés.

Les Echos (France)


Egalité femmes-hommes : les entreprises françaises bien placées
Malgré la crise, il y a quand même quelques éléments d’amélioration pour les femmes, notamment en France. C’est ce que montre la nouvelle édition du baromètre de l’égalité femmes-hommes dans les plus grandes entreprises publiée jeudi par Equileap. Ce cabinet spécialisé a passé au crible pour la quatrième année consécutive les 3.702 entreprises d’une capitalisation supérieure à 2 milliards de dollars sur deux ans dans 23 pays développés au travers de 19 critères (du pourcentage de femmes aux postes de direction à l’ampleur des inégalités salariales en passant par les pratiques de sous-traitance).

Realtid (Sweden)


DNB världsbäst på jämställdhet – endast fyra svenska bolag i topp-100
Av de 3 702 företag som Equileap har granskat klarar endast tio jämställdhet på samtliga nivåer, det vill säga i styrelsen, koncernledningen, i chefsledet samt bland medarbetare. Norska banken DNB toppar 2021-utgåvan av Equileaps globala rapport om jämställdhet på arbetsplatsen med ett betyg på 74 procent. På andraplatsen finns australiensiska Mirvac, följd av WPP (Storbritannien), L’Oreal (Frankrike) och General Motors (USA).

El País (Spain)


España se sitúa como el segundo país más igualitario del mundo
La igualdad de género en las grandes empresas cotizadas en los mercados de valores mundiales progresa año tras año, según Diana van Maasdijk, consejera delegada de Equileap. Es la conclusión más positiva que se desprende del estudio que realiza anualmente la empresa proveedora de datos y métricas de equidad para los inversores tras analizar la información de 3.702 organizaciones que fluctúan en las Bolsas de 14 países y cuya capitalización supera los 2.000 millones de dólares.

Le Temps (Switzerland)


La Suisse est le pays où les femmes ont le moins de chances d’être promues
Le constat est cinglant. Parmi les principales conclusions d’Equileap figure celle-ci: «La Suisse est le pays où les femmes ont le moins de chances d’être promues», affirme le fournisseur de données et de recherches sur l’égalité hommes-femmes, dans un rapport mondial publié jeudi. Et de poursuivre: «Les chiffres indiquent un plafond de verre relativement solide.»

Citywire (United Kingdom)


Women in finance still underrepresented in senior roles, study shows
Although women are well-represented in the financial industry, this balance is not reflected in higher levels of management. That is one of the key findings of a study by Equileap, which published its Gender Equality Report & Ranking 2020 today. The report found women represent 50% of the workforce in financial companies globally, however an average of 26% of women are represented on the board of directors, 18% on the executive team and 28% in senior management.

Reuters (United Kingdom)


Global firms lag on sex harassment, women-friendly policy
Most big firms are failing to ban sex harassment at work or enact policies that let mothers work flexibly, a global workplace equality index found on Thursday, highlighting the obstacles women face at work. Fewer than half of firms’ policies directly address sex harassment, despite years of #MeToo campaigns that show the extent of abuse at work, said the report by women’s workplace equality organisation Equileap.

Asian Investor (Hong Kong)


Asia’s asset owners show mixed progress on gender parity
With the lack of gender diversity in the workplace seen as a financial risk, some asset owners in Asia Pacific have made great strides in the push for gender parity. However, others have regressed, and Hong Kong is one of them. Asset owners across the region have made an effort to improve gender representation for varying reasons, including to attract talent, to satisfy customers or simply because they believe it is the right thing to do.