2020 Ring the Bell for Gender Equality

8 Mar, 2020
New York, NY, USA

For more information, please contact the SSE team.

In celebration of International Women’s Day (8 March 2019), the Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative is pleased to announce the continuation of stock exchanges around the world hosting a bell ringing ceremony to raise awareness of the pivotal role the private sector can play in advancing gender equality to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 5.

The UN Global CompactUN WomenSustainable Stock Exchanges InitiativeInternational Finance Corporation: IFCWorld Federation of Exchanges and Women in ETFs (the “Global Partners”) are working together for the 5th consecutive year,  following a very successful collaboration in 2018 where 65 exchanges participated in the “Ring the Bell” events.

These global ‘bell ringings’ aim to bring attention to the pivotal role the private sector can play in advancing gender equality to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and to raise awareness about the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs). We are delighted that 10 exchanges are signatories to the WEPs as part of their commitment to promoting gender equality, with another three exchanges in the process of joining them. SSE members are also working to scale up their actions on gender equality by promoting transparency of relevant metrics, organizing trainings on board diversity, and encouraging their listed companies to sign the WEPs.

If you exchange would like to hold a Ring the Bell for Gender Equality event this year, please contact the SSE for more information and for local support from our partners.

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.