Parity as a performance factor
The number of women in the private equity industry is increasing, but there are still significant disparities between positions. France Invest’s Talent and Diversity Commission is committed to developing and promoting parity in management companies and the businesses it supports.
Every year, France Invest publishes a study that measures the proportion of women in management companies and provides indicators of the progress of parity in the private equity universe. Our latest report is available here.
While only 5% of start-ups have been founded by women since 2008, those that manage to get funding receive 2.5 times less capital than those founded by men.
Since 2019, France Invest has been working side by side with SISTA, the collective of women who are heads of innovative companies, in order to raise awareness among its members about the financing of start-ups founded and/or run by women.
A charter of 30 commitments
Drafted in March 2020, our Charter aims to promote parity among French private equity players as well as in the companies they assist.
Our target is for women to occupy 25% of the senior positions in investment teams and 30% of the seats on the management boards of holdings by 2030.
This Charter commits 296 signatory companies (as of February 2020). The management and investment companies that signed represent approximately 95% of the assets under management of France Invest members.
Reaching out to young people with 100,000 entrepreneurs
100 000 entrepreneurs aims to transmit the entrepreneurial spirit to young people aged 13 to 25 in mainland France and overseas through testimonials in schools.
France Invest and its community support the actions of 100 000 entrepreneurs in its endeavours to:
- Disseminate entrepreneurial culture and the desire to be an entrepreneur among all young people (equal opportunities)
- Give young people a better understanding of the business world – and the world of finance in particular – of the various professions and the training courses that lead to them
- Raise the awareness of young women and men about the importance of diversity within organisations
A Board of Directors of under 35s
There are 18 of them, women and men, representing all the dimensions and professions of our industry (growth, venture, infrastructure, development capital and MBOs, impact investing… at regional or national level) and dedicated to bringing our association to life and raising awareness about our professions.
They work on 3 themes:
Image & Attractiveness: Image & Attractiveness: How to promote and reinforce the image of the profession among young people?
Talent retention: What corporate culture, what working environment to retain young talent in the profession?
Events calendar: Off and on programme, what activities dedicated to the under 35s?
Our Parity Toolkit contains...
Since March 2020, France Invest has been inviting its members to sign a Charter promoting parity among French private equity players and in the companies they assist. One of the charter’s objectives isfor women to occupy 25% of the senior positions in investment teams and 30% of the seats on the management boards of holdings by 2030.
The study on diversity in the private equity sector
In 2010, France Invest and Deloitte created an annual barometer to monitor the evolution of diversity in private equity. Find out what place women occupy today in this initially male-dominated world by consulting the 11th edition of the study:
The Parity Charter
Since March 2020, France Invest has been inviting members to sign a Charter promoting parity among French private equity players and in the companies they support. One of the charter’s objectives isfor women to occupy 25% of the senior positions in investment teams and 30% of the seats on the management boards of holdings by 2030.
The “parity” card game
Action “Harassment and Sexism” is the name of this 55-card game that presents situations to be decoded. Discover what constitutes courtesy, seduction, discrimination, sexism and harassment.
The “Parity and Performance” programme with SKEMA Business School
To enable its members and the companies they invest in to meet their parity commitments, France Invest has teamed up with SKEMA Business School. Training courses mainly dedicated to women and designed to enable them to break through the glass ceiling have been created.
A communication campaign on unconscious bias
France Invest recently launched an advertising campaign in the press and on social networks: 3 typical days of women in positions of responsibility in the private equity sector. The objective was to shed light on our unconscious biases with regard to the professions of women and men.