The Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Leadership Fund seeks investment returns that closely correspond to or exceed the performance of the Pax 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, 35% of board seats and 29% of executive management positions are held by women, compared to 24% and 17%, 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.
Gap Inc. is an apparel retail company. The company offers apparel, accessories and personal care products for men, women and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta and Intermix brands.
- Women comprise 30% of the company’s board of directors. Over 40% of executive management, including CFO Teri List-Stoll, are women.
- Gap is a signatory to the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles and was among the first companies to endorse the White House Equal Pay Pledge.
- Launched in 2007, Gap’s P.A.C.E. (Personal Advancement and Career Enhancement) program aims to support women in the global apparel industry, and within the company’s global supply chain. Developed to give women life skills, technical training and support to help them advance in the workplace and in their personal lives, P.A.C.E. was initially offered in factories, and has expanded to support women and adolescent girls in surrounding communities. To date, more than 68,000 women in 12 countries have participated.
Sodexo SA engages in the provision of on-site services, benefits and rewards services, and personal and home care services.
- Women comprise 50% of Sodexo’s board of directors, and 25% of its executive committee.
- Sodexo has set a goal to increase women at its senior leadership level to 40% by 2025. The company chose its target based on the results of a gender-balance study it conducted in 2016 which found that teams with a male-to-female ratio between 40% and 60% consistently delivered the best results.
- Sodexo’s Women’s Leadership Forum for Talent (SWIFt) seeks to develop Sodexo’s women’s leadership pipeline through mentoring, sponsorship, active promotion, and advocacy. The primary goal is to help high-potential women advance into senior positions with profit-and -loss (P&L) responsibilities, as well as operational and facilities roles.
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% 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% 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.
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, Pax Gender Analytics, 2017.
“The Tipping Point: Women on Boards and Financial Performance,” MSCI ESG Research LLC, December 2016.