Gender Lens Investing Landscape - East and Southeast Asia: New Report Launched b...
Asia, July, 16 2020 -
Serving as a springboard for capital deployment strategies, this report aims to inspire investors interested in GLI and asset managers who wish to create GLI investment vehicles.
On July 15, 2020, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF), in partnership with Catalyst at Large and Sagana, launched "Gender Lens Investing Landscape - East and Southeast Asia," the first report in the region to provide a landscape of gender lens investing (GLI) investment vehicles in both public and private markets. Serving as a springboard for capital deployment strategies, this report aims to inspire investors interested in GLI and asset managers who wish to create GLI investment vehicles.
In recent years, leading mainstream investors have started to incorporate a gender lens into investment decision-making, providing capital to funds and firms that are demonstrating gender equity and equality, as well as recognizing the strength of women as a market force and the risk of not paying attention to gender patterns. In the development space, funders have also begun to widely consider women's entrepreneurship as a key to economic stability and sustainable development. Despite these encouraging developments, progress on gender diversity, especially in the investment market, has been painfully slow and access to capital for women entrepreneurs remains stubbornly low.
Investment can be used as a tool to shift market behavior. According to this new report, currently there are a total of at least 192 "named" GLI investment vehicles across public and private markets globally, where Asia accounts for 42, the second largest region behind North America. East Asia and Southeast Asia are targeted by 33 of these GLI investment vehicles. We hope this report will be useful us a baseline to track the progress made by both public and private investment vehicles over the coming years, and that the success stories featured in the case studies can inspire people as they consider commitments in this arena.
The private market data is based on the Wharton Social Impact Initiative and Catalyst at Large Project Sage 3.0, and the public market data is based on the Veris Wealth Partners Public Market Scan. In addition, we conducted over 20 interviews with fund managers to better understand the motivation, structure, language, and incentives motivating GLI investment vehicles.