Workplace Gender Equality
We support Business Coalitions who work with influential businesses on shifting workplace cultures, practices and policy barriers to achieve workplace gender equality (WGE). Business Coalitions are operational in Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and Myanmar, with member companies together employing more than 500,000 people.
The Business Coalitions (BCs) provide customised advice and support to companies seeking to improve WGE and benefit from the positive impacts to their businesses. The BCs support companies seeking recognition of their commitment to gender equality by preparing them for certification under Economic Dividends for Gender Equality (EDGE), the global business certification standard for gender equality.
Economic Dividends for Gender Equality (EDGE) is the leading global assessment methodology and business certification standard for gender equality. It measures where organizations stand in terms of gender balance across their pipeline, pay equity, and effectiveness of policies and practices to ensure equitable career flows, as well as the inclusiveness of their culture. EDGE Certification has been designed to help companies not only to create an optimal workplace for women and men, but also to benefit from it. Business Coalition members are showing the value of EDGE Certification to this region – and joining the elite ranks of EDGE-certified companies around the world.
We partner with Impact Investors and ecosystem builders to expand market opportunities for women, with a view to incentivising and catalysing access to capital for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) – led by and responsive to the needs of women.
Value for Women (VfW) is a woman-led global social enterprise that works closely with partners to design and implement research, technical assistance programs, evaluations, tools and blended capacity-building initiatives in Africa, Asia and Latin America focused on impact investing and the small and medium enterprise (SME) space. Value for Women (VfW) helps organizations to advance gender inclusion. We believe that women are key drivers of economic and social growth, and that women’s inclusion is essential for better business outcomes. We identify and test new solutions that foster inclusion while unlocking the powerful economic potential that women hold. Specifically, we support investors seeking business and social returns in diverse sectors, such as finance, agriculture, and clean energy by providing research and technical advisory support.
AVPN is a unique funders’ network based in Singapore committed to building a vibrant and high impact social investment community across Asia. As an advocate, capacity builder, and platform that cuts across private, public and social sectors, AVPN embraces all types of engagement to improve the effectiveness of members across the Asia Pacific region.
The core mission of AVPN is to increase the flow of financial, human and intellectual capital to the social sector by connecting and empowering key stakeholders from funders to the social purpose organizations they support.
With over 600 members across 34 countries, AVPN is catalysing the movement towards a more strategic, collaborative and outcome focused approach to social investing, ensuring that resources are deployed as effectively as possible to address key social challenges facing Asia today and in the future.
The Manila Angel Investors Network (MAIN.ph) is the largest private investors network in the Philippines. Founded in 2016, MAIN was formed to support the country’s start up ecosystem by connecting investors with promising early-stage companies. As well as providing capital, we mentor entrepreneurs, share expertise and open networks. Our members believe that fostering this innovative Startup ecosystem will benefit both our members’ portfolios and the Philippines’ growth. MAIN invests in start-ups that are globally scalable, have high growth potential, address large markets, have strong competitive advantages, clear IP ownership, entrepreneurial management and the potential to generate high capital gains.
The GenderSmart Investing Summit brings together 350 investors and investment influencers with diverse perspectives – across geographies, asset classes, and sectors. What all Summit participants have in common is their ability to influence the movement of significant capital with a gender lens.
Our expertise as Summit curators is the translation of insights and intelligence between audiences and objectives, matching the right experts and resources to specific strategic challenges blocking the large-scale deployment of gender-smart capital. We speak equally to commercial and impact-driven players. In 2018, we had $14trillion AUM represented in the room.
Impact Investment Summit believes in the possibility of a transformed economy. One of equity in which everyone benefits. Impact Investment Summit Asia Pacific is working with Investing in Women to convene our audiences and create transformative and inspiring experiences. Gender Lens Investing and Investing in Women is at the crux of our annual Impact Investment Summit in November. We are working in partnership with Investing in Women to build the Impact Ecosystem in the South East Asia region with a Gender Lens focus.
The Investing in Women partnership with Athena Global Alliance for the BIDUK Project leverages off an existing Innovation xchange funding to maximize DFAT’s efforts to explore alternative financing menchanisms for women owned and led enterprises. The BIDUK Project aims to develop products and services currently unavailable in the Indonesian market to support small growing businesses (SGBs) that are slow and/or steady growing, that have progressed beyond to the typical size and capital needs of microfinance institution (MFI) clients, but that are not yet large enough or do not meet requirements for typical bank lending.
Impact investors YCAB Ventures and Moonshot Ventures have partnered to lead the Indonesia Women Empowerment Fund (IWEF). IWEF invests in women-led startups, which address the underlying barriers to women’s economic empowerment in Indonesia, through innovative and disruptive solutions.
YCAB Ventures is part of YCAB Social Enterprise Group that invests in economic empowerment activities to end poverty and reduce inequality. Through its microfinance activities, YCAB Ventures has financed over 150,000 women owned businesses through 600,000 productive loans. Moonshot Ventures incubates and manages impact funds in Asia Pacific, with each fund focusing on a singular development problem and investing in disruptive innovations led by mission-driven entrepreneurs.
The Foundation for a Sustainable Society, Inc. (FSSI) is a social investment organization committed to support the development of empowered and sustainable communities through social entrepreneurship. Established in 1995 through a debt for development swap between the Governments of the Philippines and Switzerland advocated by civil society organizations of both countries, FSSI seeks to apply innovative financing and capacity building support that will maximize both social and financial returns through valuable entrepreneurship, at the same time ensuring equitable development and environmental sustainability in all its initiatives. Since 1995, FSSI has supported sustainable development projects with triple bottom lines (3BL) of People, Planet, and Profit in marginalized communities.
SEAF, an impact investing fund manager based in Washington D.C., invests risk capital and provides business support to growth-oriented SMEs in frontier and emerging markets. Managing 35 investment funds and vehicles over 28 years, the organisation has made more than $400 million in SME investments across a wide range of sectors in 27 countries. In partnership with Investing in Women, SEAF launched the Women’s Opportunity Fund for South East Asia.
Patamar Capital is a venture capital firm with offices in Bangalore, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, and San Francisco. Patamar Capital invests in scalable businesses that improve the livelihoods of the working poor in Asia’s fastest growing economies (including Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines). Through its investment funds, the firm boasts close to US$ 50 million in assets under management. Seed funding from Investing in Women supports Patamar Capital to expand its regional portfolio of impact investments for women-led businesses.
Root Capital and Investing in Women are partnering to promote women’s economic empowerment in South East Asia by financing agricultural enterprises owned or led by women. Root Capital is a pioneer in the gender lens investing movement. The organisation launched its Women in Agriculture Initiative in 2012 and is committed to working with other capital providers to drive a greater focus on gender equity within the impact investing and agricultural finance sectors. Reaching more than 270,000 women producers annually, Root Capital finances agricultural businesses that actively create jobs and opportunities for women.
Capital 4 Development Partners (C4D Partners) is an independent fund management company with offices in the Netherlands, India, Indonesia and the Philippines. C4D Partners manages impact capital and supports growing SMEs to bring about and promote fair economic development in emerging countries. Investing in Women is a core funder to the C4D Asia Fund, investing in innovative growth stage SMEs in India, Indonesia and the Philippines which aim to bring positive social, environmental and economic change in the lives of marginalised communities.
Influencing Gender Norms
We work with partners to positively shift attitudes and practices to support women in the world of work. Investing in Women is working in Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam, with local partners to experiment learn and build on approaches that show evidence of success for shifting gender norms to expand women’s economic opportunities.
Magdalene is a women-focused bilingual online media outlet known for advocating gender equality and inclusivity among its readers, consisting mostly of urban millennial women and men. Magdalene’s readers include urban, educated and curious young women and men who are engaged on social issues.
Rumah Kita Bersama is a policy-oriented research institution that is highly regarded for its work on progressive interpretations of Islamic text to address social issues. It works for the rights of marginalised individuals and communities who experience discrimination based on gender-biased social and religious views.
Yayasan Pulih (Pulih Foundation) is a non-profit that provides psychosocial empowerment support to those affected by violence or disasters. Pulih employs preventive measures, such as transforming gender norms, including through male engagement, to address gender-based violence and inequality.
Edukasyon.ph is an online youth platform that empowers students to make self-aware education decisions about their careers and lives. Its website offers access to schools, scholarships, online courses and other resources that enable students to find and take the paths based on their interests, skills and priorities.
QBO Innovation Hub is the Philippines’ first public-private partnership platform for startups.
CARE is a humanitarian organisation fighting global poverty and providing lifesaving assistance in emergencies. It places special focus on working alongside poor girls and women who, equipped with the proper resources, CARE believes have the power to help lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty.
ECUE is a social enterprise promoting diversity and inclusion, gender equality, the prevention of sexual harassment, integrity and universal human rights values through research, training, coaching and social campaigning. It works with corporations, civil society organisations and government agencies to build a prosperous and equal society.
WISE—the Women’s Initiative for Startups and Entrepreneurship—is a non-profit organisation with a mission to support women to start and grow their business, promote women empowerment and gender equality as well as advance social progress. It offers business development support and connect women with resources and opportunities.
Investing in Women supported the Institute for Social Development Studies (ISDS) for its research titled Men and Masculinities in a Globalising Vietnam, and in engaging relevant stakeholders on the research findings and its relevant to public and private sector policy. ISDS is a Vietnamese non-profit, non-governmental organisation registered under the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Association. The Institute was established in 2002 and enjoys a national reputation based on the quality of its work and its commitment to apply academic knowledge to address national challenges – to inform as well as to influence. ISDS’ vision of Vietnam is to be a country in which poverty is eliminated, the voices of all people are heard, and rights-based social justice prevails. For more information: http://isds.org.vn
Phase 1 Advocacy and Communication Partners
Care International and Oxfam Vietnam are both international NGOs working on different human rights issues in the country. In 2018-2019, they led a consortium which advocated for gender-equitable provisions in the Vietnam Labour Code, including workplaces free of gender-based violence and sexual harassment, equal pay, and harmonisation of retirement age. The consortium, included the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment. For more information: https://vietnam.oxfam.org/ and https://www.care.org.vn/
In 2018-2019, women’s empowerment group Spark! Philippines worked with IW for the #inFAIRness campaign. Leveraging on partnerships with national government agencies, local government units, transport groups and marketing firms, they rolled out a campaign that targeted social media users and urban commuters with positive messages for gender equality. For more information: https://sparkphilippines.org/
People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) is the largest human resource and industrial relations membership association in the Philippines, with more than 1,200 member firms and 24 chapters nationwide. In 2019, PMAP carried out an IW-supported research that highlighted the positive correlation between family-responsive policies and practices and perceived employee performance, linked corporate performance benefits. The research was used to engage members on conversations around enabling both women and men in their organisations to fulfill family responsibilities. For more information: https://www.pmap.org.ph/
Evident Communications, an integrated marketing and communications firm, partnered with non-profit Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) for the #STEMPower Our Girls campaign, which sought to empower girls for STEM careers. In 2018-2019, , they rolled out a co-curricular enrichment program for grade six girls, consisting of industry talks and learning sessions with some 150 girls in Metro Manila, Cebu City and Cagayan de Oro City. A digital campaign was also launched to highlight insights gathered from the interaction with students and their parents and profile women in STEM as role models. For more information, visit: http://evident.ph/ and https://www.pbed.ph/
Edukasyon.ph is the leading online platform in the Philippines for senior high school and college students, which aims to empower students for the future of work by ensuring they are well-informed from education to employment. In 2018-2019, they implemented the Investing in the #FutureOfYoungPinays campaign, which sought to create awareness among high school students of the wide range of opportunities available to them. The campaign profiled strong female role models including 10 youth ambassadors through an online campaign, career clinics, career fairs in study and career tracks traditionally dominated by men. For more information: https://www.edukasyon.ph/
Aliansi Laki-Laki Baru, a ‘new male’ alliance focused on promoting and championing gender equality values and building a new paradigm about being male, and one of its founding organisational members foundation Yayasan Pulih, are working to shift mindsets to on more equitable sharing of roles at home and in public. In 2018-2019, through the #KitaMulaiSekarang (We Start Now) campaign, they advocated among young women and men between the ages of 15 and 21 using digital channels, campus roadshows, and a broad range of influencers.
Berakar Komunikasi is an independent creative agency with a track record for creativity and impact. In 2019, they implemented the #TanamkanKepercayaan (Building Trust) campaign aimed at prompting Indonesian women and men to introspect their unconscious bias about women who work outside the home. The campaign was launched using Investing in Women channels and focused on a video documenting a social experiment that reveals gender bias. For more information: http://berakar.com/
Katadata Indonesia is an online media company and research think tank in economics and business. In 2018-2019, Katadata targeted women workers, business community members and media to build awareness of women’s roles in the Indonesian economy. They built credible data, ran analytics, and created and distributed insightful information through the Katadata portal, media engagement, private sector partnerships, and business events that engaged stakeholders in conversations on women’s economic participation across a range of sectors. For more information: https://katadata.co.id/