Exchange in Focus: Boursa Kuwait publishes first annual Sustainability Report

20 April 2022

Boursa Kuwait published its first annual Sustainability Report, detailing the company’s strategy, partnerships, and initiatives in the field of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reporting and implementation for the year 2021. The Report also represents the company's commitment to disclosing the latest results and effects of its Corporate Sustainability strategy and enhancing its operational sustainability, as part of its efforts to implement ESG best practices and standards as well as improve disclosures and transparency. The SSE recommends that all exchanges publish a Sustainability Report so that they can ‘lead by example’ when it comes to promoting sustainability reporting among their issuers.  The publication of the Sustainability Report comes on the heels of publishing its ESG Reporting Guide last year, to encourage listed companies to include sustainability metrics in their activities, decision-making, and reporting to better keep pace with the interests of local and international investors. Additionally, the ESG Reporting Guide included indicators to help market participants understand their current situation and how to improve and set future goals, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the pillars of the “New Kuwait 2035” vision and the National Development Plan for the State of Kuwait. Commenting on the announcement, Boursa Kuwait’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Mohammad Saud Al-Osaimi, said, “The efforts to support and enhance sustainability lie at the core of the pivotal role that capital markets play in shaping the future of the economy. The adoption of ESG principles and sustainable operations helps Boursa Kuwait develop and address key cogs in its strategy, both as a listed company and the operator of the exchange. To that end, the Sustainability Report helps us consolidate our prominent position in driving sustainable operations in capital market activities as we have always sought to include sustainable practices for our business, looking for more efficient and effective ways to engage and serve our various stakeholders.” Al-Osaimi added, “The metrics of ESG, disclosure and transparency are basic criteria for today’s investors in assessing their investments, as the application of sustainability best practices is important to enhance the competitiveness of Kuwait’s capital market internationally, which will undoubtedly attract more foreign investments to it, as well as support business growth and compliance with regulatory requirements.” The Report also includes ESG metrics and measurements for the activities, management and operations of Boursa Kuwait, with analyses of their economic, social and environmental impacts, whether at the operational level or at the level of business continuity, in an effort to achieve added value for shareholders, customers, partners and various other stakeholders. It also highlights the company's achievements in the areas of ESG reporting and implementation, and the company’s contribution to a more successful tomorrow and a sustainable future. You can view the full Sustainability Report 2021 or the ESG Reporting Guide by visiting the Boursa Kuwait website. Prior to the publication of this report, Boursa Kuwait usually reported on ESG metrics and activities as part of its annual reports, participating in many initiatives to promote sustainable practices as part of its CS strategy. The 2021 Sustainability Report is an extension of this commitment, which the company formally made in 2017 when it joined the UN Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative (SSE). The report is also in accordance with the framework of the recommendations issued by the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE), which the exchange has been a member of since 2018.

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.