We know that the impacts of the climate crisis are not being distributed equally. Whether you’re looking at New Orleans or Nigeria, women — and especially women of color — are disproportionately bearing the consequences of climate-related natural disasters, including migration, food insecurity, job insecurity and violence.
So, it makes sense that when investing in climate solutions we should be paying attention to gender, race and ethnicity, both when it comes to who is deploying capital (on investment and fund management teams, at investment committee level, as individuals), and when it comes to who it is being deployed to (ownership of firms and funds, employees, customer base, who is in the supply chain).
We risk investing in products that don’t meet the needs of the people they’re trying to serve.
If we don’t, we risk investing in products that don’t meet the needs of the people they’re trying to serve, and in founder teams that don’t fully understand the problems they’re working to solve. We also
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