April 2019

Women and Investing

  • "This is my fifth year writing for GreenMoney’s Women and Investing issue. I’ve discussed how women are above average investors and my discomfort with gender as the only lens for investments – this year I look at how a firm makes the move from minority female to majority female."
    - Amy Domini, Domini Impact Investments

  • "In 2018, women who came to us with financial obstacles who went on to successfully complete our financial action plan steps experienced an average 78 point increase in their credit score, a median decrease of $107 in monthly debt, and a $3,100 increase in savings."
    - Laura Altomare, Homewise

  • "If you don’t want mandates, then gender diversity has to be more than a talking point: We need companies to set aspirational targets, make people accountable for meeting them, and report on progress publicly."
    - Julie Gorte, Impax AM and Pax World Funds

  • "e;There’s research suggesting that more diverse groups are more creative. Our analyses have found that companies with more women on the board also tended to have more gender-diverse workforces and senior leadership teams."
    - Meggin Thwing Eastman, MSCI ESG Research

    Amy Domini Impact Investments 4

    Progress in Boardroom Diversity,
    Homeownership, Gender-Lens
    Investments and Innovation in the
    Executive Suite

    Welcome to the latest issue in our ongoing "Women and Investing" series. In case you missed our special issue on Foundations & SRI last month, we featured four women who are leaders in Philanthropy and Impact Capital.
    - Cliff Feigenbaum, founder, GreenMoney Journal 

     

    Women in the Field of Finance

    Amy Domini
    Founder, Domini Impact Investments
    At the financial firms I am involved with, Domini Impact Investments has five employee equity-owning managers in leadership. Four of the five are female. The Sustainability Group has four partner-level members and three of the four are female. I feel pretty secure in stating that female leadership is possible, even within the financial asset management field.
     

     

    Helping Women Build Assets through Successful Homeownership

    Laura Altomare
    Chief Communications Officer, Homewise
    Homewise is working with women, particularly those of low-to-moderate income, to build assets through successful and sustainable homeownership. Each year single women and single mothers make up 30 percent of new Homewise homeowners; that’s nearly 200 New Mexico women buying a home of their own and building financial stability and wellbeing every year.
     

     

    Board Diversity: Time’s Up on Good Intentions

    Julie Gorte, Ph.D.
    Senior VP, Impax AM and Pax World Funds
    When I began working to make boards more gender diverse in 2001, the percentage of women on the boards of large companies in the United States was around 12 percent. By 2011, women had gained a few more seats at the table, and by 2016 women held 21 percent of board seats at Fortune 500 companies.
     

     

    What Innovative Companies and Women on Boards Have in Common

    Meggin Thwing Eastman
    Impact and Screening, MSCI ESG Research
    ESG investing has garnered more and more acceptance and enthusiasm in the market as investors tackle some of the most urgent environmental and social issues of our time, from climate change to social inequalities. I have long been passionate about women’s advancement and inclusion in the workplace.
     

    April 2019 Additional Articles

    Women and Sustainable Investing: Driving Assets and Benefitting from a Gender-Lens Approach

    Lisa Woll
    CEO, US SIF and US SIF Foundation
    US SIF’s Lisa Woll on how women are moving forward with investments in sustainability-focused products and strategies with 84 percent of women expressing interest in SRI.

    Rewarding Careers for Women in Tech

    Acacia Carr
    Identity Designer, Web Developer & Author
    Author and web developer Acacia Carr shares her journey as a self-employed web developer as well as highlights rewarding careers for women in tech.

    Pentegra, Social(k) and LeafHouse Financial Introduce the Big Green Retirement Plan

    The aggregate retirement program has a focus on SRI, offering comprehensive, bundled 401(k) plan services with full fiduciary outsourcing capabilities for companies.

    MacArthur Foundation Commits $150 Million in Catalytic Capital to Address Social Challenges

    The Rockefeller Foundation and Omidyar Network join the new Catalytic Capital Consortium and call for more flexible impact investments and more collaboration.

    ImpactAssets Releases New IA 50 Impact Investment Fund Manager Showcase

    The industry’s first publicly available, searchable resource of impact investing fund managers sees record number of applicants and features firms that manage $28.5 billion in assets.

    Morgan Stanley and Bloomberg: Sustainable Investing a Business Imperative Among U.S. Asset Managers

    New survey shows that 75% say their firms now offer sustainable investing strategies, up from 65% in 2016 because of increased expertise, better data and impact reporting.

    GreenMoney's 2019 Editorial Calendar

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    Green Sustainable Building(s)
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    Money Stories (Part 2)
    October 2019
    International SRI
    November 2019
    Community Impact Investing
    December 2019
    The SRI Outlook for 2020

     
     

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