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Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative

Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative
Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) Initiative
Type United Nations Initiative
Parent organization
UNCTAD; The Global Compact; UNEP-FI; PRI
Website http://www.sseinitiative.org/

The Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative is a project of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the United Nations Global Compact, the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI) and the United Nations supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).

Other key stakeholders include the multi-stakeholder learning platform for stock exchanges, investors, regulators, and companies to adopt best practices in promoting corporate sustainability. In collaboration with investors, regulators, and companies, they strive to encourage sustainable investment.

Partner Exchanges

Name Country Region Date Announced
Colombo Stock Exchange Sri Lanka Asia 24 Nov 2015[1][2][3][4][5]
Stock Exchange of Mauritius Mauritius Africa 24 Nov 2015[6][7][8][9][10]
Kazakhstan Stock Exchange Kazakhstan Asia 24 Nov 2015[11][12][13][14]
Rwanda Stock Exchange Rwanda Africa 24 Nov 2015[15][16][17][18][19][20]
Korea Exchange South Korea Asia 19 May 2015[21]
Hanoi Stock Exchange Vietnam Asia 18 May 2015[22]
Hochiminh Stock Exchange (HoSE) Vietnam Asia 18 May 2015[23]
Bursa Malaysia Malaysia Asia 18 May 2015[24]
Bucharest Stock Exchange Romania Europe 27 March 2015[25][26]
Nairobi Securities Exchange Kenya Africa 10 March 2015[27][28][29]
Santiago Stock Exchange Chile South America 5 December 2014[30]
Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) Jamaica North America 14 October 2014[31]
Lima Stock Exchange (BVL) Peru South America 14 October 2014[32]
Deutsche Börse Group Germany Europe 1 October 2014[33]
Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) Thailand Asia 10 September 2014[34][35]
Mexican Stock Exchange (BMV) Mexico North America 26 August 2014[36][37]
Colombian Securities Exchange (BVC) Colombia South America 22 July 2014[38]
London Stock Exchange (LSE) United Kingdom Europe 2 June 2014[39][40][41]
Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE) Poland Europe 17 December 2013[42]
Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) Nigeria Africa 31 October 2013[43]
New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) USA North America 24 July 2013[44]
Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) India Asia 28 September 2012[45]
NASDAQ OMX USA North America 18 June 2012[46]
Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) South Africa Africa 18 June 2012[47]
Egyptian Exchange (EGX) Egypt Africa 18 June 2012[48]
BORSA Istanbul Turkey Asia 18 June 2012[49]
BM&FBOVESPA Brazil South America 18 June 2012[50]

SSE Global Dialogues

The Sustainable Stock Exchanges Global Dialogues are held every two years as the SSE initiative’s flagship event.[51] They provide a unique, high-level platform to explore how the world’s exchanges can work together with investors, regulators and companies to create more sustainable capital markets. They are designed to analyze, promote and foster communication on stock exchanges’ sustainability-related activities. They demonstrate the progress of stock exchanges, while highlighting challenges and opportunities ahead. Another core purpose is to facilitate the sharing of experiences that encourage exchanges and their regulators to enhance listing rules and/or regulatory initiatives to include the disclosure of sustainability strategies by listed companies.

2014 Global Dialogue Held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 14 October 2014, at the United Nations Palais de Nations. The focus of this event was “Capital Markets for Sustainable Development.” It featured over 30 high-level roundtable speakers, consisting of CEOs and Chairmen of Stock Exchanges, investors, companies and standard setters, as well as capital market regulators and policy makers. This event was held as part of the 4 day UNCTAD biennial World Investment Forum from October 13 to 17.

2012 Global Dialogue Held on 18 June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It focused on the role of the world’s stock exchanges in encouraging responsible, long-term investment and creating sustainable financial markets. The event took place in the days leading up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) as part of the UN Global Compact’s Corporate Sustainability Forum (CSF).

2010 Global Dialogue Held on 8 September 2010 in Xiamen, China. It took place against the backdrop of UNCTAD’s World Investment Forum and the China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT) which brought together 1,500 leaders from various stakeholder groups including governments, businesses, international organizations, investment promotion agencies, civil society, and international investment experts and practitioners from across the world.

2009 Global Dialogue On 2 November 2009 more than 100 top executives from around the world met at UN Headquarters in New York to explore how the world’s exchanges can work together with investors, regulators, and companies to enhance corporate transparency, and ultimately performance, on environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues and encourage responsible long-term approaches to investment.

History

The first meeting of the SSE was opened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in New York City in 2009. Subsequently the SSE began holding "Global Dialogues" every two years, starting with the 2010 SSE Global Dialogue in Xiamen, China, which took place as part of the UNCTAD World Investment Forum. The second SSE Global Dialogue was held in 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as part of the Global Compact Corporate Sustainability Forum.

At the SSE 2012 Global Dialogue a new dimension to the Initiative was launched, with the five participating stock exchanges making a voluntary public commitment to sustainability in their markets, thereby becoming a SSE Partner Exchange. Since the event, several other leading exchanges have joined the group of SSE Partner Exchanges. UNCTAD, the UN Global Compact, the PRI and UNEP-FI, as the core organizer of the SSE Initiative, also committed to supporting stock exchanges in this effort.

The SSE initiative invites exchanges globally to become a Partner Stock Exchange within the SSE by making a voluntary public commitment to promote improved ESG disclosure and performance among listed companies. In addition, the SSE welcomes participation from securities regulators, investors, companies and other key stakeholders within its Consultative Group. The PRI has an SSE Investor Working Group that has been actively engaged since 2009. The SSE’s flagship event is its biennial Global Dialogues and it continues to develop new work streams to address specific stakeholder requests.

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