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A significant number of research papers have highlighted how important gender equality is at many levels, for companies’ revenue as well as for countries’ economic growth. Equileap aims to transform the workplace for women, using the power of knowledge, investments and donations.

Deutsche Bank

Diversity disclosures to affect capital markets (November 2017). Diversity-focussed investments in Europe could grow to €120bn over the next seven years. That is enough to make them, in aggregate, a top-ten shareholder in over two-thirds of Stoxx 600 companies.

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McKinsey Global Institute Report

The power of parity (September 2015), $28 trillion (or 26%) could be added to global annual GDP by 2025 if full gender equality is achieved.

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The Tipping Point : Women on Boards and Financial Performance  (Dec. 2016), A growing body of research shows that having three women on a corporate board represents a “tipping point” in terms of influence, which is reflected in financial performance. Our analysis from last year looked at a snapshot of global companies in 2015 with strong female leadership, finding that they enjoyed a Return on Equity of 10.1% per year versus 7.4% for those without such leadership.

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Credit Suisse

The CS Gender 3000: Women in Senior Management (September 2014), Greater diversity in boards and management are empirically associated with higher returns on equity, higher price/book valuations and superior stock price performance (…) We see three main obstacles to achieving greater gender diversity: cultural biases; workplace-related biases; and structural/policy issues (…) We believe that rather than setting quotas, regulators should consider improving transparency on this issue by requiring publicly traded companies to disclose the gender diversity numbers at the different levels of the organizational structure or at the very least at the top management level.

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World Economic Forum

The Global Gender Gap Report (2017), Based on the results of this year, progress on achieving gender parity in education has been comparatively high, while economic gender parity remains elusive: a remaining gender gap of about 5% compared to 41%, respectively.

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Peterson Institute for International Economics

Is Gender Diversity Profitable? (February 2016), The results suggest that the presence of women in corporate leadership positions may improve firm performance significantly. The impact is greatest for female executive shares, followed by female board shares; the presence of female CEOs has no noticeable effect. This pattern underscores the importance of creating a pipeline of female managers and not simply getting women to the very top.

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Women in the Economy (May 2015), 50% of legal restrictions on women’s access to institutions and property has been removed over the past 50 years and 90% of countries have at least one law on books restricting women’s economic opportunity

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Goldman Sachs

Giving Credit where it is due, How closing the credit gap for women-owned SMEs can drive global growth (February 2014), As female labor participation rates rise, countries can reap the benefit of a ‘double dividend’ as women are more likely than men to use their earnings and increased bargaining power to buy goods and services that improve the family’s welfare.

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United Nations Women

Facts and Figures: Economic Empowerment (multiple sources,) When more women work, economies grow. An increase in female labour force participation—or a reduction in the gap between women’s and men’s labour force participation—results in faster economic growth.

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