WIF 2021: The Role of Derivatives Exchanges in Sustainable Development

19 Oct, 2021

For more information, please contact the SSE team.

In order to achieve the SDGs and move the world to a more sustainable pathway, it is important to work with derivative exchanges as a key leverage point for establishing critical risk hedging and pricing instruments and standardized products that embed sustainability principles.

This multi-stakeholder session — jointly organized by the UN Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative and the World Federation of Exchanges — brings together key derivatives exchange actors and industry participants to assess what is happening currently and to address opportunities and challenges for incorporating sustainability considerations into derivatives markets more broadly.


The webinar took place on 19 October, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm (CEST).


Embedding sustainability into Derivatives

The session also features discussions of the joint SSE-WFE report on How Derivatives Exchanges can Promote Sustainable Development with a focus on supporting the further development of derivatives that embed sustainability principles. Exchanges and market participants will benefit from discussions on the opportunities and challenges involved in including sustainability considerations in the derivatives ecosystem.


About WIF

The UNCTAD World Investment Forum (WIF) is the pre-eminent global platform for investment and development. The Forum devises strategies and solutions for global investment and development challenges. The Forum offers a unique opportunity to influence investment-related policymaking, shape the global investment environment, and to network with global leaders in business and politics. For more information and the full programme of events, visit: worldinvestmentforum.unctad.org 


  • Herry Cho
    Managing Director, Head of Sustainable Finance
    Singapore Exchange
  • Richard Metcalfe
    Head of Regulatory Affairs
    World Federation of Exchanges
  • Kyle Edwards
    Senior Director, Market Policy
  • Owain Johnson
    Global Head of Research
    CME Group
  • Walt Lukken
    President & CEO
  • Zubin Ramdarshan
    Head of Equity & Index Product Design
  • Siobhan Cleary
    Senior Specialist
    UN SSE

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.