Sustainable Stock Exchanges 2009–2019: 10 years of progress
Author: UNCTAD Sustainable Stock Exchange Initiative
Since the launch of the United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative in 2009 by former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, capital market activities promoting good environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices have seen tremendous growth and development. The SSE has aimed to enhance these sustainability efforts through three pillars of work: consensus building; research; and technical assistance, all of which is built on its network of partners. Through this network of stock exchanges, together with security market regulators, policy makers, international organisations, investors and issuers, the SSE has built consensus, provided action-oriented research and facilitated technical assistance on responsible investment for sustainable development. Through these three pillars, the SSE has worked over the past decade towards its vision: a world where capital market signals align with public policy goals on sustainable development.