Women and Social Enterprises

While “gender lens investing” is not new, few efforts have been made to focus on the role gender and investment plays within the social enterprise sector, says report.

`Women and Social Enterprises: How Gender Integration can Boost Entrepreneurial Solutions to Poverty‘ is a report released in October 2015 by Acumen and the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW).

The aim of the report is to encourage entrepreneurs, impact investors and philanthropists to consider new strategies for promoting gender equality through social enterprise.

Produced in partnership with the Cartier Charitable Foundation, the report also reveals findings from several case studies from Acumen’s portfolio of investments, which demonstrate how social enterprises are engaging and impacting women and where they fall short.

At the crux of the report is a framework of five domains for integrating gender into inclusive business processes and a self-assessment tool that social enterprises can use to evaluate existing strengths and areas for growth related to gender in their business models.

Women and Social Enterprises calls for a shift in how the social impact sector can boost entrepreneurial solutions to poverty and bring about greater equality among market-based approaches to create inclusivity.

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