About the SSE

Vision: A world where capital market signals align with public policy goals on sustainable development.

Mission:To build the capacity of stock exchanges and securities market regulators to promote responsible investment in sustainable development and advance corporate performance on environmental, social and governance issues.

What is the SSE: The SSE, launched in 2009 by the UN Secretary General, is a UN Partnership Programme of 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). The SSE convenes Partner Exchanges from around the world who join the SSE by signing a voluntary public commitment.

How the SSE works: The Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative has three inter-related pillars of activity: research, consensus building and technical assistance. The SSE builds its work on collaboration and partnerships for the greatest impact. The SSE aims to include representatives of all capital market stakeholders in all of its workstreams and has a network of stock exchanges, capital market regulators, investors, companies and other experts that engage with the SSE on a regular basis.

What the SSE works on: Like many United Nations initiatives, the SSE looks to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as agreed upon by the General Assembly within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to help focus its activities. The SDGs cover a broad range of environmental and social targets categorized into 17 goals and 169 targets. Of these, the SSE focuses on four ley SDG targets that are particularly relevant for stock exchanges, as well as contributing to a fifth, SDG 17 Partnerships for the Goals, as a cross-cutting theme. The SSE organizes its work with stock exchanges around these key themes: SDG 5 Gender Equality, SDG 8 Decent work and Economic Growth, SDG 13 Responsible Consumption and Production, SDG 13 Climate Action. In doing so, the SSE also contributes to other SDGs, such as SDG 6 Clean Water  and Sanitation, SDG 7 Affordable and Clean Energy and SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities, but these fall within the SSE’s work on green finance for SDG 13 Climate Action.

Read about our Results & Impact below:

Address by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon to the inaugural Sustainable Stock Exchanges 2009 Global Dialogue in New York City (View more videos from the SSE)