Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative

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Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative
Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) Initiative
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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 (UN) co-organized by 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 UN supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).

Other key stakeholders include the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE), and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO). The SSE provides a 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[edit]

Name Country Region Date Announced
Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières SA (BVRM) Benin Burkina Faso Guinea Bissau Côte d'Ivoire Mali Niger Senegal Togo Africa 7 Dec 2015
Zimbabwe Stock Exchange Zimbabwe Africa 7 Dec 2015<[1][2][3][4]
National Stock Exchange of India India Asia 7 Dec 2015[1][2][3][4]
Casablanca Stock Exchange Morocco Africa 7 Dec 2015[1][2][3][4]
Qatar Stock Exchange Qatar Middle East 7 Dec 2015[1][2][3][4]
Euronext Paris France Europe 7 Dec 2015[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]
Euronext Amsterdam Netherlands Europe 7 Dec 2015[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]
Euronext Brussels Belgium Europe 7 Dec 2015[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]
Euronext London United Kingdom Europe 7 Dec 2015[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]
Euronext Lisbon Portugal Europe 7 Dec 2015[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]
Bolsas y Mercados Españoles Spain Europe 7 Dec 2015[1][2][3][4][9][10][11]
Aequitas Neo Canada North America 7 Dec 2015[1][2][3][4]
Oslo Stock Exchange Norway Europe 4 Nov 2015[12][13][14][15]
Stockholm Stock Exchange (Nasdaq Stockholm) Sweden Europe 4 Nov 2015[12][13][14][15][16]
NASDAQ OMX Vilnius Lithuania Europe 4 Nov 2015[12][13][14][15][16]
Riga Stock Exchange (Nasdaq Riga) Latvia Europe 4 Nov 2015[12][13][14][15][16]
Iceland Stock Exchange (Nasdaq Iceland) Iceland Europe 4 Nov 2015[12][13][14][15][16]
Helsinki Stock Exchange (Nasdaq Helsinki) Finland Europe 4 Nov 2015[12][13][14][15][16]
Tallinn Stock Exchange (Nasdaq Tallinn) Estonia Europe 4 Nov 2015[12][13][14][15][16]
Copenhagen Stock Exchange (Nasdaq Copenhagen) Denmark Europe 4 Nov 2015[12][13][14][15][16]
Colombo Stock Exchange Sri Lanka Asia 24 Nov 2015[17][18][19][20][21]
Stock Exchange of Mauritius Mauritius Africa 24 Nov 2015[19][20][21][22][23]
Kazakhstan Stock Exchange Kazakhstan Asia 24 Nov 2015[19][20][21][24]
Rwanda Stock Exchange Rwanda Africa 24 Nov 2015[19][20][21][25][26][27]
Korea Exchange South Korea Asia 19 May 2015[28]
Hanoi Stock Exchange Vietnam Asia 18 May 2015[29]
Hochiminh Stock Exchange (HoSE) Vietnam Asia 18 May 2015[30]
Bursa Malaysia Malaysia Asia 18 May 2015[31]
Bucharest Stock Exchange Romania Europe 27 March 2015[32][33]
Nairobi Securities Exchange Kenya Africa 10 March 2015[34][35][36]
Santiago Stock Exchange Chile South America 5 December 2014[37]
Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) Jamaica North America 14 October 2014[38]
Lima Stock Exchange (BVL) Peru South America 14 October 2014[38]
Deutsche Börse Group Germany Europe 1 October 2014[39]
Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) Thailand Asia 10 September 2014[40][41]
Mexican Stock Exchange (BMV) Mexico North America 26 August 2014[42][43]
Colombia Stock Exchange (BVC) Colombia South America 22 July 2014[44]
London Stock Exchange Group (LSE) United Kingdom Europe 2 June 2014[45][46][47]
Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE) Poland Europe 17 December 2013[48]
Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) Nigeria Africa 31 October 2013[49]
New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) USA North America 24 July 2013[50]
Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) India Asia 28 September 2012[51]
NASDAQ OMX USA North America 18 June 2012[52]
Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) South Africa Africa 18 June 2012[52]
Egyptian Exchange (EGX) Egypt Africa 18 June 2012[52]
Borsa Istanbul Turkey Asia 18 June 2012[52]
BM&FBOVESPA Brazil South America 18 June 2012[52]
Casablanca Exchange Marocco Africa 7 December 2015
Amman Stock Exchange Jordan Africa 10 March 2016[52]
Luxembourg Stock Exchange Luxembourg Europe 16 March 2016[52]
Belarusian Currency and Stock Exchange Belarus Europe 1 April 2016[52]
Botswana Stock Exchange Botswana Africa 20 July 2016[53]
Namibia Stock Exchange Namibia Africa 20 July 2016[53]
Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange Tanzania Africa 20 July 2016[53]
Singapore Exchange Singapore Asia 6 September 2016[54]
Sydney Stock Exchange Australia Asia 16 September 2016[55]

SSE Global Dialogues[edit]

The Sustainable Stock Exchanges Global Dialogues are held every two years as the SSE initiative’s flagship event.[56] 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.

The 2014 Global Dialogue was 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 four-day UNCTAD biennial World Investment Forum from October 13 to 17.

The 2012 Global Dialogue was 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).

The 2010 Global Dialogue was 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.

The 2009 Global Dialogue was held 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.

SSE Regional Dialogues[edit]

The SSE partners with exchanges, investors and other capital market leaders worldwide to bring capital market players together to identify, discuss and take collective action on common sustainability issues pertinent for their region or globally. These high-level events are open to the public and bring exchanges together with policy makers, regulators, investors, companies and other relevant stakeholders.

For the SSE Regional Dialogue: LatAm & Caribbean, Latin America’s four largest stock exchanges gathered in Colombia for the first Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) Regional Dialogue: LatAm & Caribbean. The regional version of the flagship SSE Global Dialogue was facilitated by the SSE, hosted by the Colombian Securities Exchange (BVC), and sponsored by the Latin American Sustainable Investment Forum (LatinSIF).

The SSE Regional Dialogue: South East Asia was held on 18 May 2015. The Sustainable Stock Exchanges Regional Dialogue South East Asia kicked off in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand with the participation of more than 150 delegates from 13 countries. The SSE Regional Dialogue, as the first of its kind in South East Asia, offered a unique platform for CEO’s of stock exchanges, listed companies and institutional investors, alongside with high-level policy makers and regulators, to demonstrate leadership and understanding of the sustainable development opportunities and challenges facing capital markets today.

Afternoon workshop sessions were made possible through the support of collaborating partners GRI (Global Reporting Initiative), CDSB (Climate Disclosure Standards Board), ASRIA (Asia Investment Group on Climate Change) and MSCI.

During the Regional Dialogue, leaders of the Hanoi, Hochiminh and Malaysia Stock Exchanges announced their public Commitments to join the SSE initiative as SSE Partner Exchanges.[57]

The SSE Regional Dialogue: Nordic Countries began on 4 November 2015. The Sustainable Stock Exchanges Regional Dialogue: Nordic Countries took place in Helsinki, Finland. The SSE Regional Dialogue, the first of its kind in the region, offered a unique platform for CEO’s of stock exchanges, listed companies and institutional investors, alongside high-level policy makers and regulators, to demonstrate leadership and understanding of the sustainable development opportunities and challenges facing capital markets today.

Hosted by Nasdaq Helsinki, the SSE Regional Dialogue welcomed more than 100 participants from across Nordic markets. A high-level policy dialogue took place in the morning of 4 November, followed in the afternoon by practical workshops to assist investors, companies and other capital market stakeholders with integrating sustainable development into investment and business strategies.

Eight new exchanges joined the SSE initiative at the SSE Regional Dialogue: Nordic Countries.[58]

SSE Leaders Luncheons[edit]

The SSE partners with exchanges, investors and other capital market leaders worldwide to bring capital market players together to identify, discuss and take collective action on common sustainability issues alongside key events and UN summits. These high-level events bring exchanges together with policy makers, regulators, investors, companies and other relevant stakeholders for candid conversations aimed at collectively problem solving key issues, challenges and opportunities facing capital markets today.

The SSE Leaders Luncheon: SDGs is held on the eve of the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to bring together capital market leaders to discuss the role they can play in supporting the achievement of these goals. This high-level dialogue included CEOs from SSE Partner Exchanges, institutional investors and listed companies, joining public policy leaders from international organizations and national governments. All participants had an opportunity to speak and engage with their peers on the critical question of how markets can support sustainable development.The SSE Leaders Luncheon helped to set the agenda for how capital market actors can support the SDGs in the coming years. From sustainability reporting and mobilizing finance to gender equality and global partnerships, stock markets have an important role to play in promoting good corporate practices and facilitating investment in sustainable development.

The SSE Leaders Luncheon: Climate was held in December 2015. World leaders gathered for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) to complete a new global agreement. This summit caps a year that has seen numerous momentous international breakthroughs, from the G20 pact on climate policy to the China-USA Joint Presidential Announcement on Climate Change. As climate plays an increasingly prominent role in the development of investment policy and regulation, it also has a growing impact on capital markets, investors and corporations. COP21 set the stage for a new generation of global climate change policies that will influence markets for years to come.

This peer-to-peer CEO summit provided a platform for addressing climate challenges and opportunities and sharing views on the path forward. Hosted by Mirova and Natixis, this United Nations event welcomed an exclusive group of C-level participants from stock exchanges, institutional investors, and listed companies joining public policy leaders from international organizations, national governments and regulatory bodies.

History[edit]

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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