Why gender is material to investments in the recovery
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, reports from all over the world have emerged about the gendered aspects of its impacts. From spikes in domestic violence to increasing childcare duties falling disproportionately on women to huge job losses in sectors dominated by women, this pandemic—like all global crises—is not gender neutral.
While the human and economic risks are well documented, less analysis has been done about how these patterns will impact investment outcomes. But one thing is clear: the scope and magnitude of the economic and social impacts of gender inequality and the ways in which they are being exacerbated by the pandemic will change how companies, sectors, and markets perform.
Criterion Institute, in partnership with leading gender lens investors, has identified 10 evidence-based economic patterns and translated them into investment opportunity and risk. Understanding these patterns is critical for investors of all kinds to understand short- and long-term risks, uncover hidden opportunities, and invest to capitalize on both. Understanding these will enable government and impact investors focused on recovery to invest better for the outcomes they seek.
For each point, this research names the proven economic patterns, their relevance to recovery, their relevance to investments, and key data points to track to understand pandemic-related shifts. In some cases, the data may not be consistently tracked but are still included because this research highlights, in part, data gaps that are crucial to investment analysis. It is important to note that gender patterns are complicated by race, class, ethnicity, caste, and other identities along which power and discrimination operate. Investors should examine these factors and how they determine how people participate in societies and economies in the context in question.
This document was originally published on the Criterion Institute website.