Gender diversity. It matters.
Gender equality has been identified by the UN not only as a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. From the very start, gender equality allows every individual to reach their highest potential.
In the corporate world this means giving equal opportunities and conditions to individuals based on capabilities, regardless of their gender. There’s still a long way to go.
Only 4% of the world’s largest
500 companies have female
Only 7% of company boards
are gender diverse
The global pay gap is
estimated to be 23%
We believe gender diversity is not only key for an equal society but often goes hand in hand with other drivers of business success. Research shows that companies with greater gender diversity deliver better financial performance and better value creation.
Returns of the gender diverse companies
the overall equity market
Source: Nordea Investment Management AB. 31.01.2009 – 31.12.2021. For illustrative purpose only.
- Selecting sustainable and attractive businesses which have a gender-diverse management and implement concrete measures to support gender diversity
- Bottom-up stock selection leveraging on a strong ESG framework
- Investing in companies that incorporate gender diversity captures an important quality indicator and pairs to well-known return drivers