The Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Index Fund seeks investment returns that closely correspond to or exceed the performance of the Pax Global Women’s Leadership Index*, an index of companies around the world that are leaders in advancing women through gender diversity on their boards of directors and in management, and through other policies and programs. Ninety-nine percent of the companies in the Fund have two or more women on their board of directors. Further, 33% of board seats and 27% of executive management positions are held by women, compared to global averages of 16% and 16%, respectively.‡
Following are some of the companies in the Index, and the Fund, and examples of ways in which they are embracing gender diversity and women’s leadership.
Aetna Inc. is a diversified health care benefits company that provides healthcare and related benefits, serving health care members, dental members, and group insurance customers.
KeyCorp is one of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies. KeyCorp companies provide investment management, retail and commercial banking, consumer finance, and investment banking products and services to individuals and companies throughout the U.S.
Toronto-Dominion Bank conducts a general banking business through banking branches and offices located throughout Canada and overseas.
Kellogg Company manufactures and markets ready-to-eat cereal and other convenience foods.
Estee Lauder Companies Inc. manufactures and markets a wide range of skin care, makeup, fragrance, and hair care products. The company's products are sold in countries and territories around the world.
Gap Inc. is an apparel retail company. The Company offers apparel, accessories and personal care products for men, women and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta and Intermix brands.
American Water Works Co., Inc. provides water and wastewater utility services to residential, commercial, industrial, public, and other customers.
*A custom index based on MSCI World. One cannot invest directly in an index.
‡MSCI World Index, Pax Gender Analytics, 2016.
"The Tipping Point: Women on Boards and Financial Performance," MSCI ESG Research LLC, December 2016
Pax Ellevate Global Women's Index Fund Top Ten Holdings as of 12/30/2016:
Microsoft Corp. 2.70; NIKE, Inc., Class B 1.90; Johnson & Johnson 1.90; Facebook, Inc., Class A 1.80; salesforce.com, inc. 1.80; American Water Works Co., Inc. 1.80; Yahoo!, Inc. 1.70; Abbott Laboratories 1.60; Aetna, Inc. 1.60; AT&T, Inc. 1.50;
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