Report: Moving Toward Gender Balance in Private Equity and Venture Capital

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At IFC, we have long enabled companies and economies to grow by strengthening women’s participation in the private sector. On March 7 2019, together with investment firm RockCreek and management consulting company Oliver Wyman, IFC launched the report Moving Toward Gender Balance in Private Equity and Venture Capital.

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The study explores the link between financial returns and gender diversity; the lack of women in the industry; and steps needed to achieve gender balance. One of the key findings of the report is that private equity and venture capital funds with gender-balanced senior investment teams generated 10 percent to 20 percent higher returns compared with funds that have a majority of male or female leaders.

The report draws on gender diversity and performance data from more than 700 funds and 500 portfolio companies; survey results from over 500 fund managers and institutional investors; interviews with more than 50 investors and gender diversity experts; and case studies of more than 10 private equity and venture capital funds and institutional investors that are addressing the gender-imbalance in their own work. The report also gathers recommendations for fund managers and institutional investors to help move the industry towards gender balance.

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Want to learn more? Watch this video with the authors Shruti Chandrasekhar and Heather Kipnis