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Broadening the spectrum of investing: Opportunities and demand for investing in LGBTQ+ equity and inclusion

27 June 2023
The report emphasises increasing demand for LGBTQ+ equity and inclusion investments in the US, particularly among investors born after 1980. Nearly half of US investors seek such opportunities, but there's a shortage of investment options catering to this demand. Asset managers could profit by developing products targeting LGBTQ+ equity and inclusion.

Defining social norms and related concepts

This report defines social norms as the perceived unwritten rules deemed acceptable and influential in guiding human behaviour within a community. Social norms can be beneficial or harmful and influence collective change. The report distinguishes injunctive norms, descriptive norms, moral norms, and attitudes to establish behaviour change interventions.

The impact potential assessment framework (IPAF) for financial products

The Impact Potential Assessment Framework for financial products (IPAF) is a multi-purpose tool developed to assess products based only on their actions to generate real-life impact. Using public information, it evaluates the product's maximum impact potential through four widely documented mechanisms.

Innovation and resilience: A global snapshot of social enterprise responses to Covid-19

This report offers a global overview of social enterprise responses to the Covid-19 pandemic. It identifies innovation and agility as critical factors for survival. However, it notes that women-led and youth-led social enterprises face higher closure rates, greater reductions in activity, and more limited access to government support.

Global compact local networks: Accelerating national SDG implementation

The report emphasizes the role of responsible business in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and highlights the importance of local networks in mobilizing a global movement of companies committed to advancing the SDGs through capacity-building, awareness-raising, and collaboration.

Inclusive business financing: Where commercial opportunity and sustainability converge

12 June 2018
This report explores how best to finance inclusive businesses, which have gained prominence for reducing poverty and inequality in developing countries. Drawing on case studies from across Asia, it examines bank debt and private equity as conduits for financing, and offers recommendations for improving the financing of inclusive businesses.

Are pharma companies addressing sexual and reproductive health access barriers for women and girls?

This report examines the role of pharmaceutical companies in addressing access barriers hindering women and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) globally. It assesses their research on new SRHR medicines and products, pricing strategies, company capacity building efforts, and inclusive business models.

The great wake-up: Why and how investors must act on women's health - now

This paper highlights the critical need for investor action in support of women's health in the workplace and beyond. The report examines the current lack of attention to this topic in the financial sector and provides guidance for institutions to learn, set priorities, act and activate systems toward improving outcomes on women's health.

Women in business leadership boost ESG performance: Existing body of evidence makes compelling case

Increase in women's representation in business leadership positions intensifies environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards. 70 peer-reviewed papers published from 2008 to 2017 proportionally associate higher diversity with better firm performance. The compendium of available material evolves into a pressing case for more women in boards and other leadership roles.

The case for care: Catalysing investments into the care economy in South and Southeast Asia

This report provides insights for investors to catalyse investments in the emerging 'care economy' in South and Southeast Asia. The report identifies key gaps, challenges, and opportunities for individuals and institutions seeking to invest in childcare, eldercare, and other care-related services.
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