Pax World Announces New Women's Advisory Council
Members Are All Nationally Renowned Experts on Women's Issues
PORTSMOUTH, N.H.///November 8, 2010/// Pax World Management LLC, investment advisor to Pax World Funds (Pax World) and a leader in the field of Sustainable Investing, today introduced its newly formed Women's Advisory Council. The Council will play an active role in advising Pax World on gender issues and in outreach efforts to women's organizations, institutions, financial professionals and investors.
The members of the Council are all nationally known leaders and experts on women's issues. They include:
Linda Tarr-Whelan, Advisory Council Chair, Author of "Women Lead the Way: Your Guide to Stepping Up to Leadership and Changing the World," and Demos Distinguished Senior FellowLinda Basch, President and Executive Director, National Council for Research on WomenMartha Burk, Ph.D., Director, Corporate Accountability Project, National Council of Women's OrganizationsSarah Gauger, Executive Director, Hunt Alternatives FundChristine Grumm, President and CEO, Women's Funding NetworkJanet Hanson, Founder/CEO, 85 Broads Unlimited LLCMadeleine Kunin, Former Governor of Vermont and Distinguished Visiting ProfessorCharlotte Laurent-Ottomane, President, ION (InterOrganization Network)Joan Libby-Hawk, CEO, Libby Hawk AssociatesKavita Ramdas, Senior Advisor to the Global Fund for Women and Visiting Scholar and Fellow, Stanford University, Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) and Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS)Ritu Sharma, President and Founder, Women Thrive WorldwideJacki Zehner, Consultant, Philanthropist and Vice Chair of the Women's Funding Network
"I am excited to introduce our new Women's Advisory Council," said Pax World President and CEO Joe Keefe, "and look forward to working with them to advance gender equality and women's empowerment in the investment arena."
"I am optimistic for what the Council can accomplish to promote gender initiatives in the world of finance," added Linda Tarr-Whelan, Chair of the Women's Advisory Council and Demos Distinguished Senior Fellow. "This is a very strong group that will be able to help Pax World make great strides in advancing its women's empowerment platform."
Pax World's commitment to gender equality is exemplified through the Pax World Global Women's Equality Fund – the only mutual fund in America that focuses on investing in companies that are global leaders in promoting gender equality and women's empowerment.
"Pax World has shown great leadership in its commitment to gender equality as an investment concept and I do believe that increasingly investors want the ability to place their values behind their dollars," says Jacki Zehner, Vice Chair of the Women's Fund Network and member of the Women's Advisory Council. "I am excited to be working with Pax World to help create and grow investment vehicles that allow investors to do so."
In addition to the Fund, Pax World includes gender criteria in the sustainability analysis it applies to all its no-load mutual funds and also actively promotes gender equality and women's empowerment through an array of advocacy initiatives. Pax withholds proxy votes from, or votes against, every slate of company directors that does not include women, and follows up with a letter to each of those companies explaining why and encouraging the company to embrace board diversity. Pax World also recently sent letters to 82 global companies urging them to endorse and take steps to implement the Women's Empowerment Principles, a joint initiative of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). In collaboration with the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI), Calvert Asset Management Company and other institutional investors, Pax World is also co-leading an investor initiative focusing on encouraging increased representation of women on boards of directors and in senior management and to promote greater disclosure by companies on gender issues.
ABOUT PAX WORLD MANAGEMENT LLC
Pax World Management LLC, the investment adviser to Pax World Funds, is a recognized leader in Sustainable Investing, the full integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment analysis and decision making. Pax World launched the financial industry's first socially responsible mutual fund in 1971. Today, Pax World offers a range of investment products including a family of no-load mutual funds, multi-manager asset allocation funds, exchange traded funds (ETFs) and separately managed accounts for institutional investors.
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