UN SSE welcomes PNGX Markets, the Papua New Guinea National Stock Exchange

25 April 2022

The UN Sustainable Stock Exchange initiative welcomes PNGX Markets, the Papua New Guinea National Stock Exchange as a new member. PNGX has solidified its commitment to transparency and sustainability by becoming a partner exchange of the UN SSE initiative. The newest partner joins a network of now 114 stock exchanges around the world that are committed to promoting sustainable development. The SSE works with stock exchanges through technical assistance, consensus building, and research to contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to stimulate investment for a sustainable future. Exchanges around the world partner with the SSE to work towards a common objective of fostering financial markets that support the growth of sustainable and responsible business practices. “Partnering with the SSE initiative compliments the goals PNGX is striving towards to help develop the Papua New Guinea capital markets and support the sustainability of the PNG economy” said Mr David Lawrence, PNGX Chairman.  The Exchange recognizes the number of sustainability challenges, that an emerging economy like Papua New Guinea face, which include access to capital for SMEs, corporate governance and transparency, climate change, gender equality, and environmental sustainability.  Addressing sustainability factors is of increasing importance to obtaining access to finance in today’s world and PNGX is committed to it.  “As part of a network of like-minded exchanges, PNGX can draw upon the resources of the SSE and its members and partners to develop locally relevant guidance and standards to support the development and sustainability of the local economy.  While sustainability-based finance is not yet well developed in Papua New Guinea, joining SSE will have direct relevance by assisting PNGX to give companies the tools they will need to access future financeMr Lawrence said. About PNGX Markets Limited PNGX Markets is the national stock exchange of Papua New Guinea.  PNGX is responsible for providing an orderly and fair market in relation to securities that are traded through its facilities and for acting in the public interest having regard to the need for the protection of investors. PNGX is regulated and licensed by the Papua New Guinea Securities Commission. PNGX is the National Numbering Agency for Papua New Guinea.

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.