As a critical element of its women’s economic empowerment framework, SEAF has developed the Gender Equality Scorecard© (“GES©”), a tool that measures a company’s commitment to women’s economic empowerment and gender equality. The GES© has been adopted across all SEAF funds and promoted to the broader development finance institutions and the private equity community to be incorporated in their investment processes.
SEAF has been working on developing the GES© further by collaborating closely with a range of partners at the forefront of Gender Lens Investing (“GLI”). These include UN ESCAP, Investing in Women (“IW”), Catalyst at Large, Criterion Institute, US International Development Finance Corporation (“DFC”), IFU, DEG, CDC, FinDev Canada, Women of the World Endowment (“WoWE”), Global Impact Investing Network (“GIIN”), Danish Family Planning Association (“DFPA”), Glenmede, Global Impact Initiative and People Management Association of the Philippines (“PMAP”). This collaboration culminated in the publication of a gender lens investment practitioner’s guide, the GES© Manual in July this year.
With these data points, SEAF and its collaborating partners seek to build a global gender database to facilitate research on the relationship between gender equality and broader diversity and inclusion efforts and a company’s business and/or social performance with the view of mainstreaming gender lens investing across the wider private funds industry. SEAF and its collaborating partners invite leading academic and research institutions to respond to this Expression of Interest (“EOI”): Mainstreaming SEAF Gender Equality Scorecard© Across Private Funds Industry.