TORONTO – October 11, 2018 – Today, on UN International Day of the Girl, Mackenzie Investments celebrates its support of the advancement of gender equality, through its corporate commitment to the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles, a new partnership with UNICEF Canada and through the products it offers investors to affect change.
“Diversity and inclusion is a strategic priority at Mackenzie Investments and across all IGM Financial companies,” said Barry McInerney, President & CEO, Mackenzie Investments. “We believe so strongly in the power of diversity to evolve and grow our business that we publicly committed to the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles.”
A signal for change: Mackenzie signs UN Women’s Empowerment Principles
The UN Women’s Empowerment Principles are a set of seven principles that offer guidance on empowering women. The ideas within the principles resonate strongly with the 2018 theme for International Day of the Girl, a theme focused on the emerging need for girls to attain the necessary skills for future employment. As a signatory of the principles, Mackenzie demonstrates its support for gender equality.
A partnership in Canada: Mackenzie supports UNICEF Canada’s UNdaunted CampaignIn
2018, UNICEF Canada embarked on its UNdaunted Campaign focused on countries in sub-Saharan Africa where millions of girls are out-of-school and being held back because of barriers to education. By addressing the disadvantages and barriers faced by girls UNICEF is working to transform their lives, increase economic growth and improve gender equality in developing countries. Through activities such as vocational training, job shadowing and strengthening science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) opportunities for girls, we are working to empower girls and enhance their education so they can become leaders of tomorrow.
“We are inspired by Mackenzie Investments’ leadership in empowering girls and women through its partnership with UNICEF Canada,” said David Morley, President and CEO of UNICEF Canada. “An investment in removing barriers to education for adolescent girls is one of the most effective means of reducing poverty and inequity, creating a more sustainable and peaceful world for all. Mackenzie Investments’ commitment today will leave a positive legacy for generations of girls to come.”
Mackenzie investors want to be part of the change
Mackenzie also recognizes that women’s empowerment is important to its investors too.
Mackenzie also recognizes that women’s empowerment is important to its investors. That’s why one year ago, Mackenzie developed a fund, and more recently an ETF, to reflect these values, giving investors the opportunity to affect change with part of their portfolio.
“The Mackenzie Global Leadership Impact Fund and ETF allows clients to invest in companies that promote gender diversity and specifically the representation of women in positions of leadership like senior management and board of directors” added McInerney.
About Mackenzie Investments
Mackenzie Investments was founded in 1967, and is a leading investment management firm providing investment advisory and related services. With $140.8 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2018, Mackenzie Investments distributes its investment services through multiple distribution channels to both retail and institutional investors. Mackenzie Investments is a member of the IGM Financial Inc. (TSX: IGM) group of companies. IGM Financial is one of Canada's premier financial services companies with $159.7 billion in total assets under management as of September 30, 2018.
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