September 2016 Sustainable Stock Exchange Highlights

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SSE INITIATIVE NEWS

Aviva report to UN General Assembly calls SSE “astonishing success”
September 21, 2016
A year since the global commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Mark Wilson CEO of the Aviva Group, addressed international leaders in New York to discuss the acceleration of capital investment into the Goals, and launched a new Aviva report “Money Talks: How Finance Can Further the Sustainable Development Goals”.

Brookings Institute report calls for expanded role for SSE
September 19, 2016
Launched by UN General Assembly President at a high-level panel on “Accelerating capital flows and investments in the SDGs”, the report distills key issues for policy deliberations related to mobilizing private financing for the Sustainable Development Goals and calls for an “expanded Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative”.

The SSE welcomes its 60th partner exchange
September 16, 2016
The Sydney Stock Exchange has become the 60th Partner Exchange of the United Nation’s Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative and first Australian exchange to join this global partnership.

Vice chair of Arabesque, Georg Kell says “SSE is now a global movement”
September 14, 2016
Often seen as a symbol of the ills of modern capitalism, stock exchanges can also choose to wield their influence for good, says vice chair of Arabesque, Georg Kell.

SSE Global Dialogue: Capital market leaders convene in Singapore
September 6, 2016
The SSE held the 2016 Global Dialogue with two dozen market leaders from around the world. Hosted by Singapore Exchange and featuring a keynote address by the Minister for Environment, the event took place in Singapore alongside the PRI-in-Person annual meeting.

Singapore Exchange furthers its commitment to sustainability by joining United Nations initiative
September 6 2016
The SSE welcomed Singapore Exchange (SGX) as the 59th partner exchange while at the SSE 2016 Global Dialogue in Singapore.

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UPCOMING WEBINARS AND EVENTS

6th Annual Africa Environmental, Social, and Governance Forum
October 12-13, 2016 – Johannesburg, South Africa
Held at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, the 6th annual Africa ESG Forum is designed to bring together asset owners and investment managers with authority in Africa to evaluate the depth of ESG integration and impact investment in Africa.

Thomson Reuters Africa Summit 2016 Panel Topic: “How are African Exchanges evolving to remain relevant”
October 14, 2016, Cape Town, South Africa
At the 2016 Thomas Reuters Africa Summit, Donna Nemer, Director of Capital Markets at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange will moderate a panel discussing African exchange diversification and what to expect for the rest of 2016, the potential impact of technology, opportunities created by disruption, and what the future of exchanges look like in Africa.

UNEP Finance Initiative Global Roundtable
October 25-26, 2016 – Dubai, UAE
The 14th edition of the roundtable will build on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the December 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. An SSE Regional Dialogue for Middle East and North Africa will be held as part of this event.

WFE General Assembly & Annual Meeting
November 2-4, 2016 – Cartagena, Colombia
Hosted by the Colombian Stock Exchange, at the Hilton Cartagena Hotel. Registration is open.

20th African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA) Conference
November 27-29, 2016 – Kigali, Rwanda
The conference and general meeting is to be held at the Serena Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda, and is hosted by the Rwanda Stock Exchange. The event will feature a discussion on sustainability issues with a representative of the SSE.

Italy Corporate Governance Conference
December 1-2, 2016 – Milan, Italy
Italy’s second annual conference on corporate governance will take place at the Italian Stock Exchange in Milan. The two-day event will focus on Italian regulatory/market issues and how integrated governance can foster “long termism.”

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LISTING STANDARDS AND GUIDANCE

Oslo Børs guidance on the reporting of corporate responsibility
September 5, 2016
Oslo Børs has collaborated with the Norwegian Forum for Responsible and Sustainable Investment (Norsif) to produce guidance on the reporting of corporate responsibility along with an example of a process to follow.  The guidance is intended to be a useful and practical tool in order to encourage efficient, comprehensive and relevant corporate responsibility reporting.

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GENERAL NEWS

JSE remains among the world’s top regulated
October 3, 2016
The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) has been rated by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as one of the best-regulated stock exchanges. According to the WEF’s Global Competitiveness Index 2016/2017 edition, South Africa remains the top country in the world in which to attain financing through the local equity market. The latest Index ranks South Africa first out of 138 countries.

Paris Climate Deal close to entry into force as India and the EU announce plans to ratify (WSJ paywall)
September 30, 2016
India and the European Union have announced plans to ratify the Paris Climate Agreement, at which time the agreement will have been adopted by over 55 countries representing over 55% of global emissions, which is the minimum threshold for the deal to enter into force.

Actions to Green the Financial System have doubled, new UNEP Inquiry report
30 September 2016
Worldwide policy actions to harness the global financial system for sustainable development have more than doubled over the last five years, but more effort is needed to turn this momentum into genuine global transformation, according to the second edition of UN Environment’s landmark report, “The Financial System We Need”.

GPIF aims to become a “role model” for Asian investors in ESG integration
September 19, 2016
Hiromichi Mizuno, executive managing director and chief investment officer of Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund, announced at the annual PRI-in-Person conference that he hopes that his organization will be a trailblazer in integrating ESG factors into investment activities in Asia.

Nasdaq selected into the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
September 14, 2016
Nasdaq was one of 16 companies selected to join the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index in 2016, which is comprised of 146 companies. Participating companies were scored on 22 categories across 24 industry groups. Nasdaq’s marks were distinctly higher than its peers in three major categories: Corporate Governance, Environmental Business Risk Analysis, and Corporate Citizenship.

PRI launches new report: A Practical Guide to ESG Integration for Equity Investing
September 7, 2016
In early September, the Principles for Responsible Investment released a new guide to support equity investors who are implementing ESG integration techniques in their investment process. “A Practical Guide to ESG Integration for Equity Investing” contains information and case studies on integration techniques that apply to investment strategies including fundamental, quantitative, smart beta, and passive investment.

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ESG INDICES AND PRODUCTS

Luxembourg Stock Exchange launches green bond platform
September 27, 2016
The Luxembourg Green Exchange (LGX) will become the platform for most of the 114 green bonds listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange, which are worth over $45 billion. LGX is for issuers who dedicate 100% of the raised funding to green investments.

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