Thursday, April 26, 2012
LUNCHEON KEYNOTE: GENDER EQUALITY AS AN INVESTMENT CONCEPT
There is now substantial evidence that the status and role of women may be an excellent clue to a company’s growth potential — that the best companies, and therefore the best investments, are those that take advantage of the talents, ideas and contributions of half of the world’s population. Numerous studies have shown that companies that empower and advance women — e.g., through gender diversity on boards and in upper management — are likely to reap the benefits in terms of improved profitability and performance. If this is the case, then gender equality needs to be understood as an investment concept.