Congresswomen Ask 31 Financial Firms for Diversity and Inclusion Data

Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, and Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Chair of the Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion, sent requests to the nation’s 31 largest investment firms—those with $400 billion or more of assets under management—for data on their diversity and inclusion.  “We are making progress to ensure a…

How Can Investors Measure Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion? | Morningstar

Equity — in both senses of the word — is a significant indicator of investment risk and reward. In a corporate world awash in acronyms, “DEI” is becoming as ubiquitous as USP and ROI. Diversity, equity, and inclusion was already a focus for many businesses, but the 2020 police killing of George Floyd, the subsequent…

How Investors Are Addressing Racial Injustice – The New York Times

Socially responsible investing has been putting billions of dollars to work for social change for decades. In some cases, the strategy means avoiding certain sectors. Religious organizations, for instance, steer clear of alcohol, firearms, tobacco and other “sin” stocks. Some investors focus on companies that are already socially responsible to help them thrive, while starving…

Diversity Confirmed To Boost Innovation And Financial Results

“Diverse and inclusive cultures are providing companies with a competitive edge over their peers.” This quote summarizes conclusions from The Wall Street Journal’s first corporate ranking that examined diversity and inclusion among S&P 500 companies. The Journal’s researchers’ work joins an ever-growing list of studies by economists, demographers, and research firms confirming that socially diverse…

Employees Leave When Employers Are Unfair

Diversity and inclusion are not nice to have. They are not irrelevant to or a drag on financial returns. They are essential for risk management and avoiding unnecessary costs. Companies like to say in their annual reports that their people are their most important asset. Diversity and inclusion — along with pay, training, and turnover…

Report: Moving Toward Gender Balance in Private Equity and Venture Capital

  A new study from the IFC, Oliver Wyman, and Rock Creek investment management explores the link between financial returns and gender diversity; the lack of women in the industry; and steps needed to achieve gender balance. One of the key findings of the report is that private equity and venture capital funds with gender-balanced…