(18 April 2019) The Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) committed to promoting sustainability in its capital market, becoming a member of the United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative. This new partnership reaffirms the exchange’s commitment to spur long-term sustainable investment, as well as improved environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) disclosure, while enhancing performance among listed companies and Exchange members.
The SSE works with stock exchanges through research, consensus building and technical assistance to contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to stimulate investment for a sustainable future. Stock 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.
Inarno Djajadi, Chief Executive Officer of Indonesia Stock Exchange, said: “Moving forward, IDX is committed to promote sustainability and transparency in Indonesia’s Capital Market and we are proud to join SSE initiative, creating a more sustainable capital market and a more sustainable environment. As the only stock exchange in Indonesia, a country with the largest GDP in ASEAN, we believe IDX can contribute to not only on economic growth, but also on influencing our nation to focus on long-term sustainable development. Together with the Indonesia Financial Services Authority, Indonesia’s Capital market has many initiatives in adopting sustainable practices, for example the electronic integrated reporting, electronic submission, and obligation to submit sustainability report.”
About Indonesia Stock Exchange
Indonesia Stock Exchange is an exchange for equity, bonds, and derivative instruments. As of 31 March 2019, there are 626 companies which has been listed (stocks) amounting to USD$516.45 Million of market cap. IDX has listed its first green bonds in 2018. Currently IDX has SRI-KEHATI indices, as one of ESG indices. This index uses the principles of sustainability, finance, and good governance, as well as environmental concerns as a benchmark. There are several ESG related ETFs listed at IDX
About the SSE
The Sustainable Stock Exchanges (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 SSE convenes stock exchanges who join by signing a voluntary public commitment and it currently has 78 Partner Exchanges worldwide. It provides Model Guidance on ESG disclosure for stock exchanges to help with the preparation of ESG reporting guidelines. The SSE has three inter-related pillars of activity: research, consensus building and technical assistance.