Sustainable investing in a nutshell - Gender equality

Tuesday 23 November 2021

Sustainable investing in a nutshell - Gender equality

In our first in a series – Sustainable Investing in a nutshell – we take a quick look at Gender equality, and how businesses can benefit from gender balance.
The number of female CEOs in the Fortune 500 hit an all-time high in 2020 with 37 of the companies being led by women, as compared to 33 the previous year.[i]
As promising as it seems, this statistic cannot disguise the harsh reality: gender inequality persists, both at work and at home. In spite of the progress we have made in recent decades, we have yet to achieve gender equality.

For example, women make up only 16% of board members in the top 500 multinational companies[ii] and women in the EU earned on average 14.1% less per hour than men in 2018[iii]
It is important to remember that gender equality is a fundamental human right, and we believe it is crucial to achieving an egalitarian, prosperous, and sustainable society.

Principle 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals is especially dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. Its objective is to end all forms of discrimination against women by 2030, particularly those in the workplace.

Recognising the Value of Gender Balance

Companies are increasingly recognising the value of gender balance.
By advancing gender equality, we believe a company can improve its competitiveness, image and reputation. By diversifying their gender balance, companies may enhance their ability to serve an increasingly diverse customer base. Finally, in some countries, recognising gender equality allows companies to comply with their regulatory obligations: in France and Spain for instance, there are both civil and criminal remedies and penalties for non-compliance with gender equality.

Today, a person’s gender should no longer be seen by companies as a hindrance, but rather an asset.

Visit us next week, where we will explore water scarcity, as part of our series “Sustainable investing in a nutshell”.

Source:
[i] The number of female CEOs in the Fortune 500 hits an all-time record, Fortune, May 18, 2020
[ii] What big data can tell us about women on boards, OECD, March 2020
[iii] 2020 factsheet on the gender pay gap, European Commission


IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
Unless otherwise stated, all information contained in this document is from Amundi Asset Management and is as of 8th November 2021.

“The number of female CEO’s in the Fortune 500 hit an all-time high in 2020 and with 37 of the companies being led by women, as compared to 33 the previous year.’
The number of female CEOs in the Fortune 500 hits an all-time record, Fortune, May 18, 2020
‘Women make up 16% of board members in the top 500 multinational companies.’
What big data can tell us about women on boards, OECD, March 2020
‘Women in the EU earned on average 14.1% less per hour than men in 2018.’
2020 factsheet on the gender pay gap, European Commission

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