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Gender equitable investing in times of corona


digenous people wearing protective face masks as a preventive measure against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) carry their belongings after being evicted from a building in Bogota, Colombia [Luisa Gonzalez/Reuters]

IN THIS ISSUE
• IMPACT NEWS : HOW COVID-19 AFFECTS WOMEN
• FOR FUND MANAGERS : HOW TO DEVELOP A GENDER LENS INVESTING STRATEGY
• FLATTENING THE CURVE THROUGH THE NESsT RELIEF FUND
• THE CASE FOR BETTER METRICS PUBLISHED ON SSIR

IMPACT NEWS : HOW COVID-19 AFFECTS WOMEN

The pandemic will make the economic situation worse for women, Indigenous, individuals of African descent, migrants, and exacerbate festering social and labor discrimination. a United Nations agency said in a report issued on Tuesday. (Al Jazeera)

The work of women is more often informal, with no guarantees, leaving them more exposed to the risk of unemployment.

Women bear the brunt of unpaid labor. The quarantine and the closure of schools, increasing stress at home, and the potential for domestic violence, are responsibilities predominantly saddled by women.

Four ways to drive exponential growth in gender-lens investing : the 10x Challenge. Ethical employment and supply chain practices. Diverse management teams. Environmental sustainability. Shareholder accountability and transparency.

HOW TO DEVELOP A GENDER LENS INVESTING STRATEGY
NESsT’s current portfolio companies are 51% women-owned and 44% of the senior management teams are comprised of women. These companies are diverse in terms of sector and business model.

During this time the COVID-19 pandemic is creating even greater challenges for the investment community and Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs). As seen during previous health crises, women are amongst the most negatively affected. How can the sector respond ?

Before the global spread of COVID-19, NESsT spent eight months developing gender metrics and gender-inclusive practices that could be adapted to the unique circumstances of its portfolio.
By bringing a gender lens to their businesses, community-based enterprises perform more efficiently and effectively and are able to achieve greater impact.

Social enterprises and the investors that support them must use this time to understand the impact of COVID-19 on women and how to best position the business for long-term gender equity.

During the northern summer, NESsT will be publishing a six-week email series outlining a step-by-step process for Fund Managers to develop their own Gender Lens Investing Framework.

The framework highlights how NESsT achieved the following :
• Assessed our current impact investing framework.
• Proposed a new gender lens framework and set of metrics.
• Tested these new metrics with our entrepreneurs and the people they impact and based on what we have learned.
• Created a new framework that is now being implemented.

NESsT’s efforts to develop a GLI Framework for its new fund provides an important model for others. In a very short period of time, the organization was able to engage its portfolio companies, their employees and suppliers, to commit to becoming more gender-inclusive and equitable. NESsT will now begin to support them on this journey, increasing their performance, as well as that of its Fund." - Suzanne Biegel, Catalyst-at-Large

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