Solactive Global Gender Diversity Index

Gender diversity: a success factor and return generator

 

Open End PERLES on the Solactive Global Gender Diversity Index

I. Gender diversity gains importance

Traditional gender images are increasingly breaking up. Activities and behavioral patterns that previously were reserved for men are now also a matter of course for women too – the same applies in reverse. The importance of gender does not stop at the doors of business either. It's true, many senior management floors are still the domain of men. However, analyses show to what degree the development of heterogeneous management teams can benefit companies.

II. Social and economic effects

A study by the Peterson Institute for International Economics yields a strong correlation between the presence of women in management bodies and company performance. Accordingly, for profitable firms the rise in the share of female executives from zero to 30 percent means an increase in the net profit margin by 15 percent. UBS CIO WM also grants high importance to gender diversity. The indirect strengthening of women through targeted investments can, according to the experts, produce positive effects that go far beyond the financial investment returns.

III. Quiet champions in one package

For most investors, performance is the focus first and foremost. UBS CIO WM concludes in a study that companies with at least 20 percent women in management positions are more profitable than companies with a lower percentage of women among their executives. The Solactive Global Gender Diversity Index was created with the goal of systematically recording the investment theme of gender diversity. The index comprises globally active companies from industrialized countries that are successfully working toward gender diversity and who view this orientation as a part of their CSR strategy (CSR stands for Corporate Social Responsibility).

 

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