Exchange entity Nasdaq
Conducts business in United States (HQ)
Number of listed companies (dec./16, WFE) 2,879
Domestic market capitalization (in Millions USD, dec./16, WFE) 7,779,127
Has signed the SSE Commitment Letter? Yes
Has prepared SSE Communication to Stakeholders? Yes
Requires ESG reporting as a listing rule? No
Offers written guidance on ESG reporting? No, but has committed to publishing a guidance.
Offers ESG related training? Yes
Provides sustainability-related indices? Yes; Offers 70 sustainability-related indexes (not all actively traded), including:
  • NASDAQ Clean Edge US Index (CLEN)
  • OMX CRD Global Sustainability Index
  • OMX GES Ethical indexes
Has green bond listings? No
Additional Information
  • Sustainability Section on Website.
  • Sustainability Section in 2014 Annual Report.
  • Nasdaq Progress Report 2014, United Nations Global Compact
  • The Nasdaq speaks, moderates, sponsors, or otherwise exhibits at key industry events related to sustainability. Source
  • Nasdaq and CERES’ Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR) is working with other partners to create an investor-centric sustainability reporting proposal for public companies and stock exchanges. Source
  • Nasdaq had a three-part article series in 2013, called Doing Well by Doing Good. Source
  • Nasdaq is a member of the United Nations Global Compact and Chair of the WFE Sustainability Working Group. Source
  • Board Member, US Global Compact US Network; Advisory Board Member, SASB.
Organizational model of stock exchange
  • Listed company for profit; demutualized in:
    • NASDAQ - 2000
    • OMX - 1993
Regulatory bodies
Regulatory model
  • Limited Exchange Self-Regulatory Organization (SRO) Model Regulatory practices in regards to this exchange vary slightly from country to country. However, the exchanges operated by NASDAQ OMX in each country appear to have basic regulatory oversight. However, the ultimate regulatory authority for each market lies with the regulatory bodies listed.
About the stock exchange
  • Location: New York, New York Nasdaq (Nasdaq: NDAQ) is a leading provider of trading, exchange technology, information and public company services across six continents. Through its diverse portfolio of solutions, Nasdaq enables customers to plan, optimize and execute their business vision with confidence, using proven technologies that provide transparency and insight for navigating today’s global capital markets. As the creator of the world’s first electronic stock market, its technology powers more than 70 marketplaces in 50 countries, and 1 in 10 of the world's securities transactions. Nasdaq is home to more than 3,500 listed companies with a market value of over $8.8 trillion and more than 10,000 corporate clients. To learn more, visit or
Ownership of Exchange (Shares >4% only) Share
Investor AB 11.57%
MFS Investment Management 8.14%
The Vanguard Group 5.04%