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Criterion is a 501(c)3 nonprofit think tank headquartered in the United States and operating globally with a mission to expand what is seen as possible for using finance as a tool to create transformative social change. Founded in 2002, Criterion’s brand is one of the widest and most recognized research institutes in the field of gender lens investing and innovative finance. We have spent the past two decades designing and implementing strategies with partners in government, finance, and civil society for how to shift financial systems to advance gender equality and social justice. Our work is prefaced on the idea that integrating a gender and social justice analysis in financial decision-making processes will not only result in better gender and social outcomes, but better financial decisions by uncovering hidden risks and undervalued opportunities.

Our work is informed by our values of grace, hospitality and the power of invitation. Culturally, Criterion Institute is a collaborative, inquisitive, and fast-paced place to work. Team members might spend one day planning a convening to bring together investors, government actors, and women’s rights organizations to design new solutions for financing the reduction of gender-based violence, and the next day creating a communications campaign to amplify the diverse voices and ideas of our team members and partners. We work across a breadth of sectors, industries, and geographies to uncover new possibilities for achieving the five pillars of our current strategic plan:

Invite Financial Imagination: Radically expand and amplify the power of social change leaders to engage finance as a system of power in their work to address social inequality.

Unleash the Power of Policy: Leverage a local and global social policy to ensure innovative finance advances social equality.

Value the Future of Equality: Develop a globally recognized investment methodology that analyzes the future of systemic injustice as a mega trend.

Finance Reduction of Gender-based Violence: Demonstrate the effectiveness of a broad set of strategies that use finance to reduce gender-based violence, so other organizations continue to design and implement.

Reframe Narratives in Innovative Finance: Expand how innovative finance understands the ways power, bias, and privilege operate and impact systems of finance, so this remarkable field can truly advance social equality.

The Criterion team works in a virtual office environment, from home offices or urban hubs.

Criterion Institute is committed to diversity and to equal opportunity employment. Criterion Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, height, weight, physical or mental ability (including HIV status), veteran status, military obligations, or marital status. This policy applies to hiring, internal promotions, training, opportunities for advancement, and terminations and applies to all Criterion Institute’s employees, volunteers, members, clients, and contractors.

Criterion Institute, 501(c)(3) 81 Church Hill Rd · Haddam, CT 06438 860-345-3520 (main) · ©2023, all rights reserved.

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