The Female Edge: Gender Diversity in Governments Linked to Sustainability

MARCH 8, 2021


  • Although progress has been made during the past decades, in most countries around the world women legislators and members of government are still in the minority.
  • ISS ESG data shows that sovereign issuers with a higher share of women in senior government positions outperform countries led by men in overall sustainability, as measured by the ISS ESG Country Rating. This also extends to all respective rating pillars – Environment, Social, and Governance.
  • Female leadership is especially pronounced on social and governance issues, including human rights, but the effect is less pronounced in the environmental domain.

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