WFE Launches Sustainability Working Group
LONDON (March 25, 2014) – The World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) has formed a new sustainability working group at its Working Committee meeting in Mumbai last week. The new Sustainability Working Group is comprised of representatives from a diverse array of global stock exchanges with a mandate to build consensus on the purpose, practicality, and materiality of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) data.
Stock exchanges increasingly feel the responsibility to promote sustainable business practices among their stakeholders. The WFE and its 60 member exchanges have long engaged the investment and regulatory community on the efficacy of ESG disclosures in this effort, as part of its overall commitment to creating transparency and fairness in the capital markets. This new working group will continue that mission, undertake original research, publicize its findings, promote the debate over ESG issues among the members of WFE and make recommendations to the member exchanges.
"We are very pleased with the formation of the Sustainability Working Group. The overwhelming interest among our members for ESG issues is a good indication for constructive future collaboration in this group, which will transcend competitors and regions in order to tackle key issues and promote best practices." said Ravi Narain, Chairman of the Working Committee.
“NASDAQ OMX is a strong believer in the power of transparent data,” said Evan Harvey, NASDAQ OMX Director of Corporate Sustainability and one of the initiators of the working group. “We salute the WFE for organizing this group and continuing to find ways to engage exchanges on ESG issues.”