Warsaw Stock Exchange

Exchange entity Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE or GPW)
Conducts business in Poland
Number of listed companies (31 Jan. 2014, WFE) 895
Domestic market capitalization (in Millions USD, 31 Dec. 2013) 203,903.11
Has signed the SSE Commitment Letter? Yes
Has prepared SSE Communication to Stakeholders? No
Requires ESG reporting as a listing rule? No
Offers written guidance on ESG reporting? No
Offers ESG related training? No
Provides sustainability-related indices? Yes;
  • RESPECT Index The RESPECT Index is Central and Eastern Europe’s first social responsibility index (SRI). The project was initiated by Warsaw Stock Exchange in 2009 when the first index portfolio was published. The RESPECT Index portfolio covers Polish and foreign companies listed on the WSE Main Market which follow the highest corporate governance, disclosure and investor relations standards, and which also take into account environmental, social and governance factors. The participating companies are screened by WSE and the Association of Listed Companies (SEG) in a three-stage process of review of all these factors and additionally audited by the project partner since the first edition: Deloitte. Source
Has green bond listings? No
Additional Information
Organizational model of stock exchange
  • Listed company for profit; demutualized in 2010
Regulatory bodies
Regulatory model
  • Limited Exchange Self-Regulatory Organization (SRO) Model The Warsaw Stock Exchange publishes a set of rules and regulations and possesses its own regulations management board and supervisory board.  However, the Polish Financial Supervision Authority appears to dictate market rules and develop the acts that the exchange must follow.  The Warsaw Stock Exchange is able to engage in limited self-regulatory activities, including tasks such as market monitoring.
About the stock exchange
  • Location: Warsaw, Poland WSE started operation in 1991 as a company held 100% by the State Treasury. In 2010, the State Treasury arranged a public offering of WSE shares; as a result, shares of the Exchange were newly listed on the WSE Main Market on 9 November 2010. Warsaw Stock Exchange is the largest national financial instruments exchange in the region of Central and Eastern Europe1 and one of the fastest-growing exchanges in Europe. The Group offers a wide range of products and services within its trading markets of equity, derivative, debt and structured products, electricity, natural gas, property rights, as well as clearing of transactions, operation of the Register of Certificates of Origin of electricity and sale of market data. As at 31 December 2013, WSE was a leader in the CEE Region in terms of capitalisation of listed companies, the value of turnover in shares and the volume of turnover in derivatives. The share of WSE in trading in shares in the Region increased from 54.3% in 2012 to 58.5% in 20132 . Furthermore, the electricity market comprised of the spot and the forward market operated by the Polish Power Exchange (“PolPX”), was the largest electricity market as measured by the volume of trade in 2013 in the CEE Region.  Source
Ownership of Exchange (Shares >4% only) Share
State Treasury 35.00%