2012 Conference


The SSE 2012 Global Dialogue was the third in a series of unique high-level forums to explore how the world’s exchanges can work together with investors, regulators and companies to enhance corporate transparency and performance on ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance) issues, and encourage responsible long-term approaches to investment.

Coverage of the SSE 2012 Global Dialogue:

Photos from SSE 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Documents from SSE 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Press Releases

19 June Press Release: Exchanges listing over 4,600 companies commit to promoting sustainability

14 June Press Release: Capital markets leaders explore sustainability at Rio+20 side-event

Press Coverage

07 August Ethical Corporation
Exchanges take sustainability disclosure lead

19 June Bloomberg Businessweek
Nasdaq Joins Four Exchanges in Sustainability Effort

19 June Forbes
A Tipping Point on Sustainability Disclosure in Rio?

19 June Valor Economico
Bolsas vão exigir de empresas relatório de sustentabilidade

18 June Bloomberg Businessweek
Hermes, Aviva Urge Stock Exchanges on Sustainability Reports

18 June Financial Times (free registration required)
Nasdaq joins environmental disclosure push

17 June Financial Times (free registration required)
Calls for corporate disclosure of social impact

17 June Financial Times (free registration required)
Rio+20 to push sustainability reporting


Download a PDF version of the programme.


0830-0900 Registration

0900-0930 Opening of the SSE 2012

Opening comments

Georg Kell, Executive Director, UN Global Compact Office

Morning keynote address

Maria Helena Santana, Chairperson, Securities and Exchange Commission, Brazil, and former Chairperson, Executive Committee, IOSCO

0930-1030 Session I: Creating long term sustainability in capital markets

Moderator: James Zhan, Director, Investment & Enterprise Division, UNCTAD

The opening session will explore the role of stock exchanges and capital markets in driving sustainability disclosure and performance by listed companies in the context ofRio+20.


Mohammed Omran, Executive Chairman, The Egyptian Exchange

Elias Masilela, President, Public Investment Corporation,South Africa

Richard Howitt, MEP, European Parliament Rapporteur on Corporate Social Responsibility

Maria Helena Santana, Chairperson, Securities and Exchange Commission, Brazil

1030-1100 Coffee Break

1100-1230 Session II: Progress of stock exchanges, regulators and investors in promoting sustainable investment

Moderator: Sylvie Lemmet, Director, Technology, Industry & Economics Division, UNEP

In the context of increased demands for corporate ESG disclosure, stock exchanges, regulators and investors can play a key role in promoting increased transparency of companies’ ESG performance. In this session, capital market leaders will showcase current best practices in promoting transparency and feature how this information is used in investment decisions.


Edemir Pinto, CEO, BM&FBOVESPA

Sandy Frucher, Vice-Chairman, NASDAQ OMX

Corli Le Roux, Legal Counsel and Head of SRI Index,Johannesburg Stock Exchange

David Pitt-Watson, Chair, Hermes Focus Asset Management

Wolfgang Engshuber, Chair,  PRI Advisory Council and Senior AdvisorMunich Re

Jae-Hoon Yoo, Commissioner, Securities and Futures Commission,Republic ofKorea

1230-1400 Networking Lunch

1400-1520 Afternoon keynote address and session III

Afternoon keynote address

Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary General, UNCTAD

Session III: Post Rio+20: the regulatory dimension of ESG disclosure

Moderator: James Gifford, Executive Director, Principles for Responsible Investment

Calls by investors, business, labour groups and civil society for high-quality standardized ESG disclosure could result in a commitment by governments to explore the best use of their regulatory and soft powers to integrate sustainability information within the reporting cycle of publicly listed companies. This session will provide a view into the future and debate the merits of different paths regulators could take.


Ibrahim Turhan, Chairman and CEO,Istanbul Stock Exchange

Carlos Massaru Takahashi, President, Banco do Brasil DTVM

Steve Waygood, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Aviva Investors

Martin Turner, Vice-President, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Lance Pierce, Executive Director and COO, CERES

1520-1530 Conclusion of the dialogue: closing comments by organizers

James Zhan, Director, Investment & Enterprise Division, UNCTAD

James Gifford, Executive Director, Principles for Responsible Investment

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