Belarus joins global movement for sustainable capital markets

(Minsk, 1 April 2016) The Belarusian Currency and Stock Exchange has signed a commitment to join 50 other Stock Exchanges from around the world in promoting sustainable and transparent capital markets as a United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative Partner Exchange. Together with the SSE’s other Partner Exchanges, the Belarusian exchange voluntarily commits, through dialogue with investors, companies and regulators, to promote long-term sustainable investment and improved environmental, social and corporate governance disclosure and performance among companies listed on its exchange.

“We would like to actively use the SSE platform to discuss best practices in sustainability in order to promote transparency, and ultimately performance, on environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) issues among companies listed on our exchange,” said Andrei Aukhimenia, Chairman of the Board, Belarusian Currency and Stock Exchange.

“We are going to offer training, workshops, and other events to facilitate education, communication and engagement on sustainability issues for Belarusian market participants, which include, companies, investors, regulators and other issue experts and priority stakeholders,”Mr. Aukhimenia added. “All this, with the vision set on creating long-term value for the prosperity of Belarus. We are honored that the Belarusian Currency and Stock Exchange becomes an SSE Partner Exchange.”

Belarus is now the 19th exchange in Europe to become an SSE Partner Exchange.


The Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative

The SSE is a peer-to-peer learning platform for exploring how exchanges—in collaboration with investors, regulators, and companies—can encourage sustainable investment and enhance corporate transparency, and ultimately performance, on ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance) issues. The SSE is convened by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the UN Global Compact, the UN Environment Program Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), and the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).  For more information on specific exchanges’ sustainability efforts, how to become a Partner Stock Exchange, and further opportunities to advance the integration of sustainability within capital markets, visit www.sseinitiative.org

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