SSE and IFC to Support Stock Exchanges in Advancing SDGs and Climate Efforts

19 May 2022

Brussels, May 19, 2022 –  The United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchanges (UN SSE) and the IFC, member of the World Bank Group, announced today an expanded partnership to support stock exchanges and companies in emerging markets in addressing sustainability-related issues, including developing climate and biodiversity disclosure guidance, and advancing gender equality.  The 2030 target for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the climate crisis, rising inequality, and efforts to build back better following the COVID-19 pandemic have spurred a growing demand for sustainable finance. The UN SSE – IFC collaboration aims to help stock exchanges address this demand by providing technical assistance and guidance to exchanges on sustainability issues and climate change. The program will help stock exchanges develop sustainability reporting guidance and tools for companies, which improves transparency and investor confidence and increases opportunities for companies in emerging markets to access capital.   Additionally, the program will focus on efforts to improve women in business leadership roles and strengthen sustainability practices of small and medium enterprises. It will also support the market adoption and implementation of sustainable finance products, including gender bonds, green bonds and sustainability-linked bonds. “There is a clear need to improve sustainability and climate disclosure requirements to spur investment. By connecting companies, investors and policy makers, stock exchanges can help create resilient and sustainable capital markets in a way few other actors can,” said Mary Porter Peschka, Director, Sustainability and Gender Solutions, IFC. “IFC looks forward to its continued efforts with UN SSE to help stock exchanges in emerging markets become leaders on sustainability and transparency.” The expanded program will leverage results to date from the UN SSE – IFC collaboration, which has helped 15 stock exchanges and regulators launch national ESG reporting guidelines, including the most recent Johannesburg Stock Exchange Sustainability and Climate Disclosure Guidelines. Following the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), the UN SSE, IFC and the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) have delivered climate disclosure trainings, helping to improve the knowledge of over 7000 companies in 27 countries. The program also recently issued updated guidance on how stock exchanges can advance gender equality "We are pleased to strengthen our collaboration with IFC. Since we first signed our Exchange of Letters in 2018, the level of collaboration between UN SSE and IFC has increased significantly. Our collaboration efficiently leverages each other's complementary strengths and ultimately makes us better positioned to serve our beneficiaries and achieve the SDGs established by UN member States," said Anthony Miller, Coordinator, UN SSE. The UN SSE’s Model ESG Reporting Guidance, Model Guidance on Climate Disclosure and IFC’s Beyond the Balance Sheet Disclosure and Transparency Toolkit underpin the efforts of the collaboration, providing guidance on integrating financial and non-financial information in corporate reporting, communications, and disclosure practices. As a result, the program promotes a transparent culture and more responsible investments in emerging markets.

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About IFC IFC—a member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work in more than 100 countries, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries. In fiscal year 2021, IFC committed a record $31.5 billion to private companies and financial institutions in developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity as economies grapple with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, visit About UN SSE UN Sustainable Stock Exchanges (UN SSE) Initiative, 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 UN SSE convenes stock exchanges who join by signing a voluntary public commitment and it currently has 114 Partner Exchanges worldwide. UN SSE mission is to work with stock exchanges around the world, leveraging their influence in the marketplace to enhance corporate performance on Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) issues and encourage sustainable investment, including the financing of the Sustainable Development Goals (“SDGs”). For more information, visit    

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.