UN SSE, IFC, UN Women launch training on gender equality
29 March 2023
- Promoting women’s access to finance and encouraging women to invest in public markets;
- Developing new products, such as sustainability-linked bonds with gender criteria and gender bonds;
- Signing and adopting the Women’s Empowerment Principles, which offer guidance to businesses on how to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community;
- Promoting gender equality listing criteria and gender data disclosure; and
- Educating markets on the role and opportunities for the private sector to advance gender equality and sustainable development. These actions and more are encapsulated in the 2022 guidance from SSE, IFC and UN Women called “How exchanges can advance gender equality”. The Action Plan in this guidance summarizes the main areas where exchanges can contribute to greater gender equality, covering both outward (market focused) and inward (exchange focused) opportunities. The newly launched training initiative will help exchanges in both areas by training exchange employees as well as market participants on the financial materiality of gender equality strategies and the responsibilities of listed corporations on this topic. Measuring progress In the area of gender equality in corporate boardrooms, the SSE, IFC and UN Women have produced an annual benchmark comparing exchanges worldwide based on the boardroom gender balance of their issuers. These annual Market Monitors also include information on regulatory developments (e.g. mandatory minimum rules for women on boards) and data on women in other corporate leadership roles (e.g. CEOs and Chairpersons). How does your market compare to others around the world? You can find out using the SSE’s newly expanded online database, or by downloading one of our recent Market Monitors on women in corporate leadership. Nasdaq screened an announcement of the partnership between SSE, IFC, UN Women and stock exchanges to educate global markets on gender equality in Times Square. The SSE is grateful to Professor Melinda Posey and her students at CBU for their work in developing this video: Nahir Cavaleri, Cierrah Ferguson, and Gonzalo Naranjo.
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.