Announcing the Release of the GIIN’s Navigating Impact Gender Lens Theme and Live Demo 

January 2019

Announcing the Release of the GIIN’s Navigating Impact Gender Lens Theme and Live Demo 

Criterion Institute has partnered with the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) to develop the Navigating Impact Gender Lens theme, now live on the GIIN’s website.

The field of gender lens investing is growing rapidly and generating exciting momentum, yet questions abound about the emerging field: How can my investments go beyond counting the number of women in leadership positions to meet the needs of those most marginalized by current power dynamics? What tools are out there to guide me in collecting meaningful data and implementing what seem like daunting changes to my investment processes? What process metrics do I need to have in place in order to mitigate risk and increase the chances of achieving my desired impact?

The Gender Lens theme addresses these questions and more, drawing on the insight and experience of more than 80 investors and gender experts. It consists of various strategies that illustrate different approaches an investor may take to framing goals and measuring progress related to gender in both developed and emerging markets.

Each strategy addresses the Five Dimensions of Impact, highlights examples of illustrative investments, and includes a set of metrics and resources to guide investors in collecting meaningful data and putting the strategies into action.

Investors may choose to apply one or a combination of strategies to meet their impact objectives.

Five of the strategies in the Gender Lens theme can be applied to investments in any sector:

An additional five strategies apply a gender lens to other Navigating Impact themes, namely Affordable Housing, Health, Clean Energy, Smallholder Agriculture, and Financial Inclusion: 

The Navigating Impact Gender Lens theme is directly influencing how the GIIN is thinking about gender as it upgrades its IRIS catalog of generally accepted social and environmental performance metrics used by the majority of impact investors.

To learn more, please contact Criterion’s Director of Engagement, Christina Madden, or join us for a live demo with the GIIN’s Impact Measurement and Management Team on Thursday, February 14 from 9:30-10:30am EST. For more details or to register for the live demo, please click here.


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