Catching Our Eye
July 19, 2023 Collection

‘Catching Our Eye’ is a monthly collection of curated content from Invest for Better. This collection was featured in our July 19, 2023 e-newsletter.

JUST Capital lists the ‘The Top 10 Companies Leading on Environmental Impact’ (see list).

“Women CEOs Run 10.4% of Fortune 500 Companies” from Chief (see article). “At the beginning of the year, the Fortune 500 crossed a milestone with women running more than 10% of America’s largest public companies for the first time. Now five months later, women are still leading 10.4% of Fortune 500 firms, proving that more boards and companies are understanding the power of diverse leadership at the top.”

The Conversation, a nonprofit independent news organization, recently published “Want to support companies that support women? Look at your investments through a ‘gender lens’ – here’s how”.  Read article here.

Abortion access is so critical to the economy that economists are basically unanimous on the topic, writes Ellevest in “The Economic Case(s) for Abortion Access” (see article).

From Time Magazine “9 Women From American History You Should Know, According to Historians” (see article).

Impact Entrepreneur hosts “How Financial Advisors Advance an Impact Economy” on July 20th. This webinar and Q&A features the Co-Founders of ValuesAdvisor, an online non-profit platform of impact financial advisors, and two financial advisors who have deep impact expertise. Presenters will discuss how people can play a critical role in building a new impact economy by choosing the right financial advisor. View event here.

The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI) and NEID Global are thrilled to announce that registration is officially open for the third Innovations in International Philanthropy Symposium, happening September 7-8. View more information here.

Investors prioritize social responsibility: According to a USC Center for Public Relations survey, a strong majority of consumers, employees, and investors expect companies to “have a mission and social purpose and to help address societal problems.” See article here.

From Bloomberg, the share of women aged 25 to 54 in the US workforce hit a record high of 77.5% recently, reversing the pandemic-induced decline in women’s employment. See article.

From the Case Foundation: Although 7.1% of US adults identify as LGBTQ+, founders in this group still receive less than 1% of venture capital funding. PitchBook recently released a list of 47 LGBTQ+ founders and investors, a small fraction of the trailblazing pros who are at work in the capital markets, creating space for themselves and others. See list.

From Melinda French Gates, Founder of Pivotal Ventures, “Why I’m investing in efforts to elect more women to public office” (read article) – “We need more women in positions of power—making decisions, controlling resources, and shaping the policies that affect us all.”

Female Innovators Lab is the largest early stage fintech fund for women founders (read article). With funding from Barclays, Aviva, Visa, and BMO among other strategic investors, Anthemis Group has raised $50 million to invest in women-led startups delivering tech-driven financial services across North America, UK and Europe.

Top sectors for impact investing: Pitchbook’s latest Sustainable Investing Survey offers a peek into how global investors and service providers are thinking about ESG risk factors and impact investing today. View article.