GBV Risk Score for Financial Investments

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Over the past decade, there has been tremendous progress in incorporating a safeguarding perspective to reduce the risk of gender-based violence within financial investments, reflected in the “Do No Harm” approach. While critically important, the implementation of this approach has also highlighted its limitations. Specifically, this has resulted in a compliance-led approach with limited repercussions in cases of noncompliance, investments that apply safeguards approach after the fact, and potentially, unintended consequences that penalize survivors of violence. The lens of violence prevention must be integrated into the core investment and risk processes and teams, rather than being limited to gender and compliance processes and teams.

To this end, the Criterion Institute partnered with UNICEF and Equilo to develop this GBV Risk Score methodology. The GBV Risk Score leverages Criterion’s extensive research on the complex topic of financial investments and GBV. It also builds upon Equilo’s existing gender equality scoring methodology, database, and platform to operationalize the GBV Risk Score for users. This collaborative work to develop the methodology was co-created by Criterion and Equilo with support from UNICEF. Equilo developed and maintains the platform, tool, and regularly updated database. 

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UNDERSTAND sector-specific material risks of GBV to financial investments (operational, regulatory, political, and reputational risk), accompanied by sector-specific case studies

TAKE ACTION by viewing strategies and actions to embed GBV as a material risk into investment decisions and risk models, accompanied by tools and resources

EXPLORE country-specific GBV risk score, with discrete scores and underlying data specific to access to resources, knowledge & beliefs, human dignity, laws & policies, and power & decision-making

DOWNLOAD .CSV files of raw data and scores to manipulate your own analysis and view financial risk model options to integrate GBV data and GBV Risk Scores into investment calculations