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Racial equity investing seeks to advance racial equity and/or tackle racial inequities in the U.S. by closing disparities in wealth and opening access to opportunities and resources while generating financial returns.

  • Investing in companies that exhibit racial diversity in their leadership and workforces can allow investors to reap the benefits of inclusive, diverse, and equitable companies.
  • Investing in racially inclusive products or services can allow investors to tap into new market segments with limited competition.
  • Avoiding companies that exacerbate racial inequities can help investors mitigate risk in their portfolios.

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About the Author

Essma Bengabsia is a Senior Associate on the Sustainable and Impact Investing team. Ms. Bengabsia is responsible for researching and identifying sustainable and impact investment opportunities in global public markets.

Prior to joining Glenmede, Ms. Bengabsia was a Product Strategist in BlackRock's Credit Group, where she primarily focused on collateralized loan obligations and bank loans. In this role, she assisted with structuring collateralized loan obligations, providing market research to traders, and expanding BlackRock's credit platform with institutional investors.

Ms. Bengabsia earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University’s Stern School of Business. She completed Harvard Business School’s HBX Core Certification and Ethica Institute’s Certified Islamic Finance Executive program. Ms. Bengabsia is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, Alumni Advisor for New York University’s Islamic Finance Group, and member of the Women in Investing Network of Philadelphia (WIN).

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ERIC HORVATH, Common Future, Director of Capital Strategies

MELANIE MENDOZA, Matarin Capital Management, Chief Compliance Officer

ERIKA SETH DAVIES, The Racial Equity Asset Lab, Founder

RINI BANERJEE, Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, President

JULIA ENYART, Glenmede, Sustainable & Impact Investing Officer

STEVEN GODEKE, NYU Stern School of Business, Impact Investing Professor

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