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Institutional investors focus on women’s participation

  • April 10, 2021
  • , Asahi , p. 7
  • JMH Translation

By Rui Hosomi

 

A majority of institutional investors, such as investment management firms and life insurance companies, are keen to collect data on women’s participation at corporations, including the percentage of women executives and women managers, according to a report issued by the Cabinet Office (CAO) on April 9.

 

The report was compiled by the CAO’s Gender Equality Bureau based on a study of “gender investment,” which aims to improve gender equality and investment performance simultaneously. The study was conducted in Japan in October and November 2020, and 131 institutional investors participated. 

 

According to the study, 55% of the institutional investors that participated in the study look for information on women’s participation at a company when making investment decisions. In addition to the percentage of female senior managers, the investors called for disclosure of more data on equal participation, such as the gender ratio in each stratum, management policies to promote gender equality, and concrete goals for achieving equality.

 

Past studies suggest that corporations with a higher percentage of female executives report a higher return-on-equity (ROE) ratio than those without female executives. Gender investment is increasingly common, especially in Western countries.

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