The Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Leadership Fund seeks investment returns that closely correspond to or exceed the performance of the Impax Global Women’s Leadership Index,* an index of companies around the world that are leaders in advancing women through gender diversity on their boards of directors and in management, and through other policies and programs. Ninety-nine percent of the companies in the Fund have two or more women on their board of directors. Further, 38 percent of board seats and 31 percent of executive management positions are held by women, compared to 25 percent and 19 percent, respectively, for companies in the MSCI World Index.‡
Following are some of the companies in the Index, and the Fund, and examples of ways in which they are embracing gender diversity and women’s leadership.
International Business Machines Group (IBM)
IBM is an information technology company that offers application, technology consulting and support, process design and operations, cloud, digital workplace and network services, as well as business resiliency, strategy and design solutions to clients globally.
- IBM is led by Chairman, President & CEO Virginia Rometty, and women hold 32 percent of senior leadership positions at the company.
- IBM’s Elevate leadership development program is focused on helping to prepare women to be considered for advancement into senior leadership roles through customized learning plans, coaching and shadowing opportunities. The program has reached more than 700 women across the globe, and about half of participants have already been promoted into senior roles.
- In support of the diverse needs of families, in 2017, IBM expanded its paid parental leave benefits in the United States. Birth mothers are eligible for 20 weeks of paid leave and fathers, partners and adoptive parents receive 12 weeks of paid leave. IBM parents can choose to take the bonding leave any time during the first year after the birth or adoption.
Voya Financial (VOYA)
Voya Financial provides retirement planning, investment and insurance services. The company offers asset accumulation, protection and distribution products and services to individual and institutional customers in the United States.
- Women comprise 50 percent of the company’s executive management team and 44 percent of its board of directors.
- Voya Financial’s CEO, Rodney O. Martin, Jr., has demonstrated a clear commitment to diversity and inclusion. Mr. Martin has endorsed the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion Pledge and is a member of the 30% Club, a group of business leaders committed to better gender balance across their organizations. Voya Financial is also a corporate partner of the Thirty Percent Coalition, whose goal is to increase board diversity across public companies in the U.S.
- In 2018 and 2019, Voya Financial aims to further its diversity and inclusion efforts by establishing partnerships with nonprofit and industry associations dedicated to identifying diverse candidates, ensuring a diverse slate of candidates is presented for all open positions, and conducting unconscious employee bias training.
Accenture Plc (ANC)
Accenture is a professional services company serving clients in various industries and in geographic regions, including North America, Europe and growth markets such as India and Brazil. The company provides management and technology consulting services.
- Women comprise nearly 33 percent of the company’s board of directors.
- Accenture is a signatory to the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles and was among the first companies to endorse the White House Equal Pay Pledge.
- Accenture has set a goal to achieve a gender balanced workforce by 2025 and to increase the percentage of women managing directors to 25 percent by 2020. In 2016, to help create more rigor around diversity hiring, Accenture put in place objectives for its leaders across its businesses. Additionally, the company changed its interview process so that all candidates get to know more members in the executive ranks.
Fund Top 10 Holdings
Holdings are subject to change.
Effective February 26, 2018, the name of the Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Index Fund changed to the Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Leadership Fund.
*A custom index based on MSCI World. One cannot invest directly in an index.
‡MSCI World Index, Impax Gender Analytics, 2018.
“The Tipping Point: Women on Boards and Financial Performance,” MSCI ESG Research LLC, December 2016.