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The five pillars of our 10-year strategic plan represent the systems change we seek to effect in the world.

As an activist think tank, our day-to-day work takes many forms. Whether via interdisciplinary research, trainings for investors and social change organizations on how to engage finance for change, or the design of strategies and tools that enable actors to incorporate power analysis into existing processes, all our work ultimately furthers one or more of our pillars.

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Covid-19 Diligence Tool UNICEF-Criterion

August 6, 2020

Criterion Institute, in partnership with UNICEF, created a guide for investors to understand the risk their investments are exposed to as a result of gender-based violence, and to incorporate that risk assessment into their existing due diligence process.

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GBV Approaches to Investing: Values Alignment

December 13, 2023

The Values-Aligned approach is primarily for investors in public markets.

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Finance the Reduction of Gender-based Violence
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GBV Approaches to Investing: Thematic Strategies

December 13, 2023

The Thematic Strategies approach is for impact investors in private markets who aim to generate positive environmental and social impact while also generating market-rate returns.

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Finance the Reduction of Gender-based Violence
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GBV Approaches to Investing: ESG Integration

December 13, 2023

The ESG-integrated approach is for investors in public equities and fixed income who are integrating ESG considerations to help identify risks and opportunities that would impact the financial return of the investment.

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Finance the Reduction of Gender-based Violence
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GBV Approaches to Investing: Catalytic Strategies

December 13, 2023

The Catalytic Strategies approach is for investors in private markets who are willing to apply patient, flexible, risk-tolerant, and appropriately termed capital in pursuit of positive outcomes.

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Finance the Reduction of Gender-based Violence
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Gender-based Violence Due Diligence Tool

June 1, 2020

Criterion Institute, in partnership with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, created a guide for investors in the Pacific region to understand the risk their investments are exposed to as a result of gender-based violence, and to incorporate that risk assessment into their existing due diligence process.

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Our work depends on an ever-expanding community of team members, advisors, donors, and other partners who help us demonstrate our theory of change and ultimately achieve our mission. Learn more about how you can become more engaged in our work.

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