Belarus joins global movement for sustainable capital markets

1 April 2016

(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.

About the SSE

The SSE initiative is a UN Partnership Programme organised by UNCTAD, the UN Global Compact, UNEP FI and the PRI. The SSE’s mission is to provide a global platform for exploring how exchanges, in collaboration with investors, companies (issuers), regulators, policymakers and relevant international organizations, can enhance performance on ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance) issues and encourage sustainable investment, including the financing of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The SSE seeks to achieve this mission through an integrated programme of conducting evidence-based policy analysis, facilitating a network and forum for multi-stakeholder consensus-building, and providing technical assistance and advisory services.