Gender lens investing is key element in impact investing strategy
responsAbility joins 2XCollaborative to support investment for gender equality
Zurich, August 2022 – responsAbility Investments AG (“responsAbility”), a leading global impact asset manager, has officially joined the 2XCollaborative, a global industry body that convenes the entire spectrum of investors to promote gender lens investing.
Gender-smart investing has been a core value at responsAbility for many years, as microfinance has proven to be a key driver for women’s empowerment, which was recently verified by the 60 Decibels report. And since 2019, several funds from responsAbility have qualified for the 2X Challenge, plus responsAbility has also developed a gender-smart investing Technical Assistance Facility.
With the membership to the 2XCollaborative, responsAbility plans to engage in peer learning, promote new partnerships, and further its already robust commitments to gender equality.
Jessica Espinoza, CEO 2XCollaborative: “We are delighted to welcome responsAbility as a member of the 2XCollaborative. They have closely collaborated with other members for years and have been instrumental in moving the needle on gender lens investing in the climate finance space. We are very excited to continue our collaboration even further.”
Martin Heimes, Head of Private Debt and Member of the Executive Management at responsAbility: “In financial inclusion, we’ve seen the strong impact that access to finance can have for women. It was clear to us that a gender angle is also important in other impact investing areas, which is why we have already focused on this in the climate finance space. A membership in the 2XCollaborative, which is the platform to exchange on the topic, was a logical step, and we look forward to further engagement.”
About 2XCollaborative The 2X Collaborative is a leading industry body for gender lens investing, launched at the UN Generation Equality Forum 2021 in partnership with GenderSmart and the Investor Leadership Network (ILN) of global pension funds. It builds on the 2X Challenge, launched at the G7 Summit 2018 as a joint commitment, which has invested and mobilized more than US$ 11 billion under the 2X criteria since. The 2X Collaborative now brings together the full range of investors deploying capital with a gender lens all over the world: DFIs/IFIs, pension funds, family offices, financial institutions, asset and wealth managers, private equity and venture capital funds, and other capital providers and mobilizers. It provides members with access to peer learning networks, knowledge, co-investment platforms, partnership and training opportunities, and innovative investment tools. Learn more & join us: www.2XCollaborative.org About responsAbility Investments AG responsAbility Investments AG is a leading impact investor focused on private debt and private equity across emerging markets. Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Zurich, it has invested over USD 12 billion since inception and has a strong performance track record. With over 200 employees, collaborating from seven offices, the company invests across three distinctive themes to directly contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Financial Inclusion, to finance the growth of Micro & SMEs; Climate Finance, to contribute to a net zero pathway; and Sustainable Food, to sustainably feed an ever-growing population. responsAbility is part of M&G plc, the international savings and investments business, and contributes to enhancing M&G’s capabilities in impact investing.
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