Gender-balance creates better performance

According to IFC, private equity and venture capital funds that have greater gender-balance in their senior investment teams managed to generate10 per cent to 20 per cent higher returns compared with funds that have a majority of male or female leaders.

The report, Moving Toward Gender Balance in Private Equity and Venture Capital, explores the link between financial returns and gender diversity. The study—which also analysed companies receiving private equity and venture capital funding—found that gender-diverse leadership teams at these portfolio companies also outperformed their less-diverse peers by up to 25 per cent.

IFC collaborated with investment firm RockCreek and consulting firm Oliver Wyman to produce the report. The research was supported by the Government of Canada.

Report here.

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