Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Index Fund (PXWEX)

Index Design

The Pax Global Women’s Leadership Index* is a customized index of the highest-rated companies in the world in advancing women, as rated by Pax World Gender Analytics, and that meet key environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards, as rated by MSCI ESG Research. Companies are rated by Pax World Gender Analytics based on multiple criteria of gender leadership, including:

  • Representation by women on the board of directors
  • Representation of women in executive management
  • Woman CFOs
  • Woman CEOs
  • Whether they are signatories to the Women's Empowerment Principles, a joint initiative of the UN Global Compact and UN Women.

These factors are given different weights, with representation by women on boards and in management receiving the highest weights.

Companies comprising the Index also meet certain environmental, social and governance (ESG) or sustainability standards, as rated by MSCI ESG Research. MSCI ESG Research provides in-depth research, ratings and analysis of the ESG-related business practices of thousands of companies worldwide.

The 400 plus companies that emerge from this research and selection process are, in our view, the best companies in the world when it comes to advancing gender diversity and empowering women in the workplace.

*A custom index calculated by MSCI. One cannot invest directly in an index.

RISKS: Investment in mutual funds involves risk, including possible loss of principal invested. You could lose money on your investment in the Fund or the Fund could underperform because of the following risks: the market prices of stocks held by the Fund may fall; individual investments of the Fund may not perform as expected; the Fund’s portfolio management practices may not achieve the desired result. The Fund does not attempt to outperform the Index or take defensive positions in declining markets. Accordingly, the Fund’s performance would likely be adversely affected by a decline in the Index. Funds focusing on small/medium companies generally experience greater price volatility. Investments in emerging markets and non-US Securities are generally less liquid and less efficient than investments in developed markets and are subject to additional risks, such as risks of adverse governmental regulation, intervention and political developments. As this Fund can have a high concentration in some issuers the Fund can be adversely impacted by changes affecting issuers. There is no guarantee that the objective will be met and diversification does not eliminate risk.