The problem
Women and girls face violence (for example, at least 200 million have been subjected to female genital mutilation) and an unfair playing field (for example, women are paid on average 35-40% less than men for the same position, and only ~35% of global managers are women) around the world. Insufficient progress on structural issues at the root of gender inequality -- such as legal discrimination, decision-making on sexual and reproductive issues, and low levels of political participation -- continue to undermine the ability to achieve gender equity. Significantly more action is needed, including from corporations. Companies can lead on creating gender equality across many areas, including through the benefits they offer employees (such as parental leave and women mentorship), hiring practices and non-discrimination policies, public commitments to achieve gender pay and career equity, human rights policies (including for women's rights) and supplier human rights requirements, and involvement in local communities around the globe
How companies are rated
Ethos is using 179,942 unique data points since 2017 to rate companies, stocks and funds on gender equality, including from these metrics:
Financial performance
r =
Company ratings 1-yr return
Top 10 for gender equality
Top 50 for gender equality
S&P 500 Index
Bottom 50 for gender equality
Bottom 10 for gender equality
Gender equality has a slight positive correlation (
) with financial returns, meaning companies that perform better in this impact area tend to perform slightly better financially
Data partners and sources
What this formula is about
Equal pay
equal opportunity
pay gap
violence against women
sex trafficking
LGBTQ rights
LGBTQ equality
gender equality
gender rights
women's rights
UN Sustainable Development Goal 5