Romanian financial market moves forward on sustainability

27 March 2015

Bucharest- Bucharest Stock Exchange (BVB) signed a commitment letter to join the United Nation’s Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative; pledging to promote more sustainable investments and improved environmental, social and corporate governance disclosure in the Romanian financial market. “BVB’s participation in this project marks the stock exchange’s commitment towards creating a sustainable environment not only for listed companies, but also for investors,” said, Ludwik Sobolewski CEO of Bucharest Stock Exchange. “We look forward to participating in the Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative as a global forum for sharing best practices on sustainability and capital markets,” Mr. Sobolewski wrote on behalf of the exchange in his commitment letter sent to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Romania is the 7th largest EU market by population with one of the highest GDP growth rates in the region. With BVB’s commitment, the SSE now includes four of the top ten EU markets committed to making financial markets more sustainable, transparent and equitable markets. Other EU members of the SSE are Deutsche BoerseLondon Stock Exchange and Warsaw Stock Exchange “As the European Union continues its work to promote corporate responsibility and responsible investment, stock exchanges are important partners for translating public policy into market realities,” said James Zhan, Director of UNCTAD’s Investment and Enterprise Division. “We welcome Bucharest Stock Exchange to the SSE initiative and look forward to working with them to help promote capital markets that work for sustainable development.” In 2014 UNCTAD published its Action Plan for Investing the Sustainable Development Goals, including the promotion of stock exchange initiatives. By committing to the SSE, 20 Partner Exchanges worldwide are demonstrating leadership and understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the investment community today. Joining the SSE initiative offers exchanges an array of resources for support and implementation of sustainability initiatives in the form of events, publications and work streams that contribute to the overall mission of this initiative. As the SSE initiative offers a unique platform for multi-stakeholder discussion, exchanges have an opportunity to take a leading role in the promotion of sustainable development. The SSE initiative invites exchanges globally to become a Partner Stock Exchange by making a voluntary public commitment to promote improved Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) disclosure and performance among listed companies. In addition, the SSE welcomes participation from securities regulators, investors, companies and other key stakeholders.

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.