Training on Gender Equality in Global Capital Markets

Gender equality is a complex topic, which can discourage people of any gender from addressing it in the workplace. However, as one of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (Goal 5) and as a fundamental human right, gender equality has become increasingly essential to capital markets. This training program guides participants through the complexities with four modules that take a step-by-step approach that anyone can use to enhance gender equality in markets. Participants will build awareness of sustainable finance through understanding the financial implications of gender inequality, improving corporate reporting and literacy on gender equality, and identifying market opportunities that these improvements afford.

This training program guides participants through the complexities market participants may be facing, with four modules that take a step-by-step approach that anyone can use to improve on gender equality in markets.
 
Participants will build awareness of sustainable finance through understanding the financial implications of gender inequality, improving corporate reporting and literacy on gender equality, and identifying market opportunities that these improvements afford. They’ll have the opportunity to learn from guest speakers sharing their insights on how to get the most out of gender equality market indices, gender-focused bonds and gender pay-gap analysis. You can download a PDF info sheet on this training course here.

Training Format

  • Hosted by SSE Partner Exchanges
  • Facilitated by experts from the UN SSE and UN Women with guest expert speakers joining to share case studies
  • Delivered online with interactive activities and direct interaction with expert facilitators
  • Q&A open for live interaction throughout the training
  • Training includes 4 hours of live facilitation and split into two 2-hour workshops
  • Certified by CPD UK 

Participants

This training has been developed to benefit both leadership levels (Board and C-suite) as well as operational level or management staff of any organization. No prior experience or expertise on the topic is necessary, and male participants are particularly encouraged to join.

There is no limit to how many employees of each organization can attend. It is also highly encouraged that company board members participate to ensure governance structures are appropriately and effectively integrating gender equality considerations. 

Listed companies or companies working with or providing products and services to listed companies, financial-sector organizations, regulatory authorities and standard setting organizations should encourage employees working in the following areas to participate:

  • Governance and leadership
  • Strategy development and implementation
  • Risk management
  • Accounting and finance
  • Sustainability and climate strategy

Learning Objectives

  • Understand why action is needed for enhanced gender equality
  • Identify what tools can be used to improve gender equality in your organization
  • Understand how to capture value from markets for gender equality performance
  • Identify how and where to communicate gender-related information for markets

Training Modules

How to participate

The training program is delivered via stock exchanges around the world. The exchange hosts the training, convening its local market participants and other relevant stakeholders, while the UN SSE and UN Women deliver the training. All at no cost to the exchange or the training participants.

Stock exchanges and regulatory authorities that wish to host training for their market on this topic can contact the SSE team directly.

If you are not working for a stock exchange or regulatory authority and you are interested in this training, please reach out directly to your local exchange and ask them to host a training. You may also wish to join the SSE’s mailing list to learn about any training programs we hold that are open to the general public.

Training Tools

Academic articles on gender equality

The UN SSE, has partnered with Columbia University to provide a vetted list of academic articles that participants can use for further study and research. In addition, participants are invited to review the PRI’s currated academic research list on sustainable investment here

Download the list of article abstracts here.

 

Training handout and homework

Participants of the training will receive a training pack which includes a handout of training slides as well as bonus slides with additional explanatory content. Participants will also receive the slides of the three guest speakers that participate in their training. Together with the video recording, participants can review any part of the training they wish in the future. 

Technical Assistance: The SSE works with stock exchanges to implement guidance on sustainability reporting through donor-sponsored technical assistance. For more information, please contact the SSE team directly

Testimonials

Helen Lofthouse

Helen Lofthouse

CEO, Australia Securities Exchange (ASX)

“ASX was pleased to offer training on the IFRS Sustainability Standards in partnership with the UN SSEI to ASX’s audience of listed companies and the broader listing ecosystem. We had over 1,700 registrations and over 960 unique attendees at the webinar. The training was highly interactive, with most attendees staying for the whole half day virtual session. We’re pleased to work with UN SSEI to move our market forward on awareness of and capability to disclose financially material ESG information.”

Ivana Gažić

Ivana Gažić

President of the Management Board, Zagreb Stock Exchange

“We are truly pleased to have had the opportunity to host ‘Gender Equality and Global Markets’ training program held by top experts from the UN SSE, UN Women and the World Bank’s IFC. Gender equality is crucial for building a sustainable and inclusive economic environment. Understanding and promoting gender equality is not only a moral obligation but also a strategic imperative that enables the fuller development of capital markets. Through transparency, education, and promotion of equality in decision-making and access to resources, we build the foundations for financial stability and prosperity that benefits everyone. Overall, integrating gender equality into educational programs and practices in capital markets not only contributes to social justice but also fosters economic growth and long-term sustainability. We are looking forward to future similar trainings.”

Mazen Wathaifi

Mazen Wathaifi

CEO, Amman Stock Exchange (ASE)

“The Amman Stock Exchange, in cooperation with the UNSSE, IFC, &UN Women was very proud to provide a training program on gender equality in capital markets. This training aims to build a basic understanding of the meaning of gender equality, identify global principles and local requirements that can guide participants as they embark on their journey to promote gender equality and build awareness of sustainable finance through understanding the financial impacts of gender inequality and improving sustainability reporting, and identifying the market opportunities provided by these improvements. The training was full of data, insightful, and provided practical approaches. The trainers demonstrated remarkable professionalism and expertise throughout the training. These online trainings provide ongoing opportunities for skill development and professional growth, in which we highly recommend other exchanges to benefit from in their respective market.”

María Ariza

María Ariza

CEO, Bolsa Institucional de Valores (BIVA)

“For BIVA (Bolsa Institucional de Valores), it is an honor to join efforts with the UN SSE, IFRS Foundation, and IFC to share knowledge and best practices for sustainable performance. As a Stock Exchange, we have a responsibility to drive change, and through the Training on IFRS Sustainability Disclosure Standards for Mexican market participants delivered on March 19, 2024, we are confident that we will see a multiplier effect in the capabilities of our sector and in the objective of speaking a common language of sustainability with our peers around the world. We are grateful to the trainers and supporters for this opportunity, which, with excellent organization and insights, has helped Mexico continue the sustainable transition we are experiencing and has brought us closer to achieving our full potential.”

Donor Support

This training program has been made possible through the financial contributions made by SSE Official Supporters.

Mission Supporters

Become an Official Supporter of the SSE

If your organisation would like to become an SSE Official Supporter, please reach out directly to the SSE team: info@SSEinitiative.org

If you would like to become a Major Projects Supporter, the SSE team will set up a call with you to discuss project details and funding opportunities. It is common to fund an existing project that has no resource allocation yet, but it is also possible to discuss new areas of collaboration. 


If you would like to join our group of Mission Supporters, we will send you a personalised invoice for 10,000 USD. As soon as we have received the funds, we will add your logo to our list of Official Supporters and share with you your Official SSE Supporter logo.

We will also ask for a quote from your organisation to use on our Official Supporters website to showcase your participation in the Official Supporters programme. If you are already a UN SSE member, we will link your logo to your factsheet, so that your exchange’s page gets more visibility. If you are a non-exchange stakeholder, we will ask you to fill in a short questionnaire, so that we can introduce your organisation or company to our network and show what role you play in supporting sustainable finance. 

Benefits of supporting the SSE

The SSE is the largest network to communicate exchanges’ sustainability activities in various ways, including:

  • Direct communication with policymakers: As an initiative launched by the UN Secretary-General, the SSE regularly convenes policymakers from securities regulators to ministers of finance to communicate the challenges and successes of exchanges in promoting sustainable finance.
  • UN flagship reports: Trends and updates on stock exchange sustainability efforts are featured annually in the United Nations World Investment Report.
  • SSE Academy: The SSE provides market education programmes at no cost to exchanges to assist them in their efforts to keep market participants up to date on the latest standards and trends in ESG disclosure and sustainable finance. 
  • Online database: The SSE maintains the largest online database of stock exchange ESG activities. This is the most visited page on the SSE website and widely used as the authoritative source for exchange activities on sustainable finance.
  • SSE events: The SSE organises its flagship event which happens every two years, the SSE Global Dialogue, as well as other national or regional events. We also work with stock exchanges to assist them in the development of their own events and workshops and we organise sessions at other global forums such as the UN Climate Conferences (COPs).Social media: SSE tweets have received over 1 million impressions and our Linkedin page has over 3,300 followers.
  • Newsletter: Approximately 3,000 subscribers receive a monthly highlights newsletter covering stock exchange and securities regulator sustainability activities
  • “Exchange in Focus”: Articles published on the SSE website highlight your exchange’s or organisation’s leadership and enable exchanges to illustrate their sustainability action on the ground.

In addition to enabling the SSE to strengthen and broaden its activities in providing technical assistance, research, and consensus-building activities for its members, SSE Mission and Major Project Supporters also receive a number of unique benefits:

  • Official recognition of your status as an SSE Official Supporter on the SSE website. 
  • Major Projects Supporters who are funding a database, publication or event, will have their logo and or name appear on the relevant page and or product.
  • Official Supporters will be recognized through a number of the SSE’s media platforms including social media and in its monthly newsletter. In addition, your logo will be shown at the end of every SSE Quarterly Webinar
  • Members of the Official Supporters program will have the first opportunity to reserve a seat at an SSE event and will be offered speaking opportunities at most SSE events and other activities. This includes the Global Dialogue and the UN Climate Conference. We will also invite your CEO to be interviewed for SSE TV (in-person at our studio on the NYSE trading floor or virtually). 
  • A yearly impact report will be shared with all SSE’s Official Supporters combined with an annual consultation call to share SSE work plans, results and impacts. 

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