(2 July 2018, Milan) For its second year running, Borsa Italiana hosted its Italian Sustainability Day bringing together both issuers and investors to exchange views on ESG strategies, sustainability data and reporting methods. More than 500 participants registered for the event, up from 300 participating in the inaugural event last year.
The event was opened by the exchange’s CEO Raffaele Jerusalmi with keynote addresses from Harvard University’s Professor Esposito and BlackRock Investment Institute’s Global Macro Strategist Isabelle Mateos y Lago.
“Borsa Italiana is aware of its strategic role in supporting companies’ growth and in facilitating company-investor dialogue also on ESG matters. We have taken a proactive approach, as testified by our ESG guidance, the Italian Sustainability Day and product innovation within the investment value chain aimed at supporting corporate sustainaible growth and responsible investment”. said Borsa Italiana CEO Raffaele Jerusalmi.
The event provides a unique platform for more than 30 listed companies to meet one-on-one with investors to discuss sustainability practices, data, and reporting. The event is the first of its kind to be hosted in Europe.
“Borsa Italiana has created a unique platform that ensures dialogue between investors and companies on sustainability – ensuring that investors are getting the information they need and that companies are better understanding investor concerns as they relate to sustainability. This unique format is yet another example of Borsa Italiana and the LSE Group’s strong efforts to promote the sustainability and transparency of their markets,” said SSE Deputy Coordinator Tiffany Grabski, who participated in the event.
Alongside investor/issuer meetings was a series of “keep learning” sessions aimed at updating participants on key sustainability areas including ESG strategy, reporting and communications, the green economy and green bonds, investor engagement and disclosure for small caps.
The SSE is an institutional supporter for Italian Sustainability Day and applauds the exchange’s innovative leadership in promoting sustainability. To learn more about what exchanges can do to promote ESG Disclosure, Green Finance and Gender Equality, read the SSE’s guidance in these areas.
About the Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative
The SSE provides a peer-to-peer learning platform for exploring how exchanges—in collaboration with investors, regulators, and companies—can encourage sustainable investment and enhance corporate transparency, and ultimately performance, on ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance) issues. The SSE is a United Nations Partnership Programme convened by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the UN Global Compact, the UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), and the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). For more information on specific exchanges’ sustainability efforts, how to become a Partner Stock Exchange, and further opportunities to advance the integration of sustainability within capital markets, visit www.sseinitiative.org