April 2015 Sustainable Stock Exchange Highlights

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SSE Regional Dialogue: South East Asia
May 18, 2015
Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) will host over 100 participants to engage in high-level policy dialogue and practical workshops to help companies and stakeholders with integrating sustainable development into investment and business strategies.

GRI Africa Regional Conference
May 13, 2015
EY will host the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) regional conference in its Johannesburg offices. The conference will focus on transparent reporting as a means of attracting capital.

Forum for Brazilian Capital Markets Reform
May 28, 2015
The Association of Capital Markets Investors (AMEC) will host an event on how to improve Brazil’s domestic capital markets through practical actions to enhance corporate governance and to encourage investors to be proactive on this front.

CDP-Sponsored Workshop Will Provide Collaborative Platform
May 29, 2015
The New York Stock Exchange will host a CDP workshop focused on setting ambitious CO2e emissions reduction goals.

20th Anniversary ICGN Annual Conference on ESG-Focused Market Reforms
June 3 – 5, 2015
Over 650 delegates are expected to focus on governance lessons learned, unfinished business, and priorities for reform.

IOSCO Annual Conference on Fostering Sustainable Financial Markets
June 14 – 18, 2015
The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) will debate the level that policy makers and regulators are rising to the challenge of getting financial services working well for retail consumers, businesses, and the economy as a whole.

Nasdaq to Host ESG Summit
June 19, 2015
Speakers will include investors, companies, and public officials covering a variety of ESG disclosure issues, methodologies, and applications.

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BM&FBOVESPA Proposes Corporate Governance Improvements for State-Run Companies
April 22, 2015
To better protect investor interests, BM&FBOVESPA is seeking to enhance voluntary corporate governance rules for state-run companies. A proposal draft will be released following a hearing with stakeholders.

Shenzhen Stock Exchange Seeks to Strengthen Issuer Oversight
April 16, 2015
The Shenzhen Stock Exchange detailed seven aspects of information disclosure in an announcement that it intends to improve its supervision of listed companies.

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Thai Bourse Launches ESG Awards for Listed Companies
April 23, 2015
The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) has established two awards to formally acknowledge companies’ excellence in operating according to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) principles.

Thai Exchange Addressing Corporate ESG Performance
April 16, 2015
The Market for Alternative Investment (MAI) group launched its Corporate Sustainability Advisory Program to enable issuers to share their business direction and strategy. MAI will soon launch a plan to enhance listed companies’ investor relations functions, corporate governance, and sustainable development.

UN SSE Partner Exchanges Engage Stakeholders, Shareholders on Sustainability
April 15, 2015
The United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative is now hosting stock exchange communications that explain partner exchanges’ approaches to promoting sustainability among investors and companies.

Romanian Exchange Joins UN SSE Initiative
March 30, 2015
The Bucharest Stock Exchange is the 19th exchange to join the UN SSE initiative as a partner exchange.

Morgan Stanley Concludes Responsible Investors Outperform the Market
March 26, 2015
Mutual funds and investment portfolios that look at ESG data to analyze stocks realized equal or higher median returns and equal or lower volatility than traditional funds for 64% of the periods examined by Morgan Stanley.

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Financial Reporting Council Releases Draft Corporate Governance Code
Comments due May 14, 2015
The draft of the Financial Reporting Council’s new National Code of Corporate Governance is divided into private sector, public sector and nonprofit guidance.

Oman’s Market Regulator Unveils New Corporate Governance Code, Seeks Feedback
Comments due May 15, 2015
Oman’s market watchdog Capital Market Authority released a draft code of corporate governance in a move to enhance transparency, fairness, accountability and responsibility of listed companies and boards.

IOSCO Issues Resiliency Guidance
Comments due June 6, 2015
IOSCO published two reports which make recommendations to financial markets and intermediaries on how to manage risks, withstand catastrophic events and swiftly resume services in the event of disruption.

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S&P Dow Jones and RobecoSAM Launch Sovereign Bond Index
April 8, 2015
The index weights countries’ ESG performance on 17 indicators, including carbon emissions, political stability and human rights data–information that could be useful to exchanges in pinpointing material ESG issues in their markets.

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Euronext CEO Dominique Cerutti Leaves to Join Consulting Firm
April 22, 2015
Cerutti, CEO since 2009, will join Altran Technologies SA as CEO and chairman.

Amman Stock Exchange Elects New Board Members
April 19, 2015
Marwan Al-Bataineh was elected Chairman of the Board, Azzam Ya’eesh as Vice Chairman, and Mohammad Shneiwer as Secretary of the Board.

Senior Bank Analyst Appointed CEO of South Pacific Exchange
April 14, 2015
Latileta Dau Qoro, formerly a senior analyst at the Bank of Fiji, replaces Jinita Prasad as CEO of South Pacific Stock Exchange.

TSE Head Kiyota to Become CEO of Japan Exchange Group
April 3, 2015
Akira Kiyota, president of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE), will replace retiring CEO Atsushi Saito.

Tuncay Dinç Appointed CEO of Borsa İstanbul
April 3, 2015
Dinç, a Borsa Istanbul director, was elected following the departure of Ibrahim Turhan.

Aequitas Exchange Appoints Independent Chair
March 25, 2015
Susan Wolburgh Jenah has been appointed to the Chair position of Canada’s Aequitas NEO Exchange, bringing the total number of independent directors to 50 percent.

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