​​What is gender lens investing?

Gender lens investing, GLI for its acronym in English, is the process that incorporates a gender analysis in the investment process to ensure that the injected capital not only generates financial returns but also contributes to achieving greater equality and closing gaps.”

This approach is proven to improve investment results and make companies more profitable, further affirming the premise that women are agents of change.

This mechanism is a unique opportunity that can boost the economic development of the region and reduce gender inequalities since it focuses on investment in companies that are owned by women or directed by women, have internal policies and practices that promote gender diversity within of the workplace, offer products and/or services that are designed to meet the specific needs of women or girls and that promote equality in their value chain.

Gender lenses

How to apply them?

Invest in women-owned or women-led businesses.

Invest in companies that promote fairness in the workplace.

Invest in companies that offer products or services to substantially improve the lives of women and girls.

Invest in companies that promote equality in their value chain.

“I am proud to say I am part of a global effort made up of several allies and leaders of the ecosystem to continue promoting gender lens investing in Latin America as a fundamental part of the transformation of our region.”

Natalia Wills, Global Manager of Representation and Gender

The second edition of the GLI Forum Latam took place on November 9-11, 2021. Over three days, more than 2,000 people participated in the virtual event, featuring more than 45 speakers from 14 countries. The Forum sought to strengthen the positioning of gender lens investing (GLI) as an effective mechanism to advance toward gender equality, close gaps, and create value and profitability for investors and economies in the region.

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GLI Forum 2021 key takeaways

Expanding women’s access to capital is a top priority for GLI in the region.

Increasing the number of women investors has a catalytic potential to help more women entrepreneurs access the necessary capital to boost their companies.

Unconscious biases are one of the biggest challenges women entrepreneurs face every day.

Building trust between investors and entrepreneurs is essential to investing with a gender perspective.

Innovative investment models and instruments like gender bonds can catalyze equality.

Providing access to capital is not enough. It is essential to train and mentor women entrepreneurs and create support networks.

Intentionality and will are key issues within inclusion.

The creation of public policies and regulatory frameworks is crucial to leverage equity. However, it is necessary to go further and generate mechanisms that guarantee their application and indicators to monitor impact. This will ensure that laws fulfill their function.