• Reflection: Experiencing TOOLKIT

    Since 2016, Criterion Institute has been delivering our signature workshop, TOOLKIT for Using Finance for Social Change to audiences throughout the globe. Participants come from a wide variety of backgrounds and sectors, including foundations working to end domestic poverty, women’s rights organization promoting gender equality in government policy, t faith-based organization looking to connect their theological imagination with systems of

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  • 2015 Recap: Notable Gender Lens Investing Resources

    The resources below, represent a collection of notable resources on gender lens investing published in 2015. Criterion Institute’s president, Joy Anderson, and Katherine Miles authored the State of the Field of Gender Lens Investing report documenting a comprehensive history of the field and strategies for the road ahead. Here are a few articles that have been written about the report’s impact: The

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  • Report: State of the Field of Gender Lens Investing

    Criterion Institute’s President, Joy Anderson, and Katherine Miles authored the State of the Field of Gender Lens Investing report documenting a comprehensive history of the field and strategies for the road ahead. The report, published in October 2015, narrates the history of Gender Lens Investing, offers several strategic road maps for the future, and names in the bibliography many organizations that are doing this work.

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  • White Paper: How to Upgrade Your Due Diligence with a Gender Lens

    In 2015, Joy Anderson and Suzanne Biegel documented possibilities for upgrading your due diligence with a gender lens. Below is an excerpt from this work as well as a link to the white paper they drafted. Definition: The core of gender lens investing is to incorporate gender analysis into financial analysis to make better decisions. This is not simply about

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  • Reflection: Gender Lens Investing – From Margins to Mainstream

    In this article, Stephanie Marton, Associate Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, presents a practical and strategical perspective to approach Gender-Lens Investment. Distinguishing the philanthropic cause of gender equality from pure market opportunities, Stephanie emphasizes that the message of gender-lens investing needs to be reframed in order to attract larger funding pools to sustain this new field of investment.  Read

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  • Demonstrating New Possibilities: Alternative Term Sheets as a Game Changer

    Recently, social enterprise aficionado, Kerri Murphy, took the time to listen in on a call about a gender lens on alternative term sheets. Kerri works with us on a Gender Lens Investing Ecosystem Analysis project most of the time, but she had an interest in this conversation and took the time to reflect on what she heard. Check out her latest blog

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  • Gender Lens Investing: Notable Resources from 2012

    We have compiled great articles from 2012 to help your understanding of gender lens investing. Goldman Sachs – Power of Purse As women gain more bargaining and consumer power, the way of household spending has been changing. This article goes deep into the changing pattern of household spending spurred by empowered women consumers. UN + WEF Global Gender Data This

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  • Audio: A Panel Discussion with Root Capital and Calvert Foundation on Gender Lens Investing

    In May of 2012, Root Capital and the Calvert Foundation joined a panel moderated by Jackie VanderBrug to discuss their experiences of incorporating a gender lens. Each organization now has a very clear initiative tied to mainstreaming gender lens investing considerations into their broader missions. We invite you to listen to this panel and comment if you like!

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  • Report: The Landscape of Social Investing in Women

    We are at a moment of great growth and innovation in the social capital markets, as we begin to apply investment capital toward solving some of the world’s most pressing social and environmental problems while also generating financial returns for investors. A critical component of the first phase of Women Effects Investments (WEI) has been to map where we currently leverage the capital markets to meet the needs of women and girls, with a focus on intermediaries targeting retail and institutional investors. The opportunities and challenges we uncover will guide individual investors as well as shape our efforts to...

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  • Framework: Defining a Gender Lens

      We treat a Gender Lens as a viewfinder that reveals opportunities for the world of investing. In this new space of Gender Lens Investing, we have already seen proven opportunities to hasten economic development, increase profitability, scale social impact, and cement lasting change. To help structure the use of a Gender Lens in investing, we identified three distinct, but interconnected,

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