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SEAF’s Bob Webster at Women Deliver 2019 Conference

SEAF’s Bob Webster at Women Deliver 2019 Conference

What challenges do organizations face as they attempt to implement a gender perspective in their operations, and what tools and resources can be employed achieve this change? These are some of the questions that SEAF Managing Director Bob Webster will be tackling in next week’s Women Deliver Conference on a panel titled “Measuring the Impact of Gender Equality on Investments, Workplaces, and Value Chains.” Bob will be discussing the creation and rollout of SEAF’s Gender Equality Scorecard© (GES©).

Sponsored by Abt Associates, Acumen and Unilever, the panel will focus on the two central questions of why and how organizations – both public and private – are integrating gender equality in their workplaces, investments and value chains. Bob will be joined by Dr. Gayathri Vasudevan, CEO of LabourNet, a leading Indian workforce development organization focused on the poor, Katja Freiwald, Global Director of Partnership & Advocacy, Livelihoods & Gender at Unilever, Yen Do, Associate at Patamar Capital, an impact investor focused on low income communities in South and South East Asia and moderator Yasmina Zaidman, Chief Partnerships Officer at Acumen.  The panelists will each be discussing the variety of ways in which their organizations measure gender impact.

The SEAF Gender Equality Scorecard© is a proprietary tool SEAF uses to assess women’s economic empowerment and gender equality within individual investment opportunities and to drive gender-related value creation work in portfolio companies. SEAF will leverage the data derived from GES© to support the analysis of the impact of improving gender equality on increasing investment returns for investors.

SEAF Senior Managing Director Jennifer Buckley, who heads the firm’s Women’s Economic Empowerment and Gender Equality work, stated, “SEAF’s strategy is based on the conviction that companies with strong internal gender equality are superior business performers.  We are committed to investing in and adding value to those firms that share this belief, as this creates shared value for women, entrepreneurs and investors. SEAF looks forward to contributing to the wider ecosystem of tools and resources with the GES© to promote gender lens investing.”

We look forward to sharing the key takeaways from the panel on Wednesday, June 5!