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CountryUnited States of America
Number of listed companies3,723
Domestic market capitalization22,464,541 million US$
SSE Partner ExchangeYes
Has annual sustainability reportYes
ESG reporting required as a listing ruleNo
Has written guidance on ESG reportingYes

Offers ESG related trainingYes

Market covered by sustainability-related indexYes
Offers 70 sustainability-related indexes (not all actively traded), including:

  • OMX GES Ethical indexes
  • NASDAQ Clean Edge US Index (CLEN)
  • OMX CRD Global Sustainability Index

Has sustainability bond listing segmentYes
Has SME listing platformNo
Women on boards mandatory minimum ruleYes
  • There is a mandatory minimum rule of at least 1 woman on boards.
    Source: NASDAQ. (2020). Nasdaq to Advance Diversity through New Proposed Listing Requirements. Details of the rule: NASDAQs proposed rules are pending approval by the US SEC. If approved, they would require listed companies to have at least one director who self-identifies as female. In case of non-compliance, companies would have to explain the reasons.
Additional informationNasdaq Progress Report 2014, United Nations Global Compact

  • Nasdaq speaks, moderates, sponsors, or otherwise exhibits at key industry events related to sustainability. Source
  • Nasdaq and CERES Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR) are working with other partners to create an investor-centric sustainability reporting proposal for public companies and stock exchanges. Source
  • Nasdaq had a three-part article series in 2013, called Doing Well by Doing Good.
  • Nasdaq is a member of the United Nations Global Compact and Chair of the WFE Sustainability Working Group. Source.
  • Board Member, US Global Compact US Network; Advisory Board Member, SASB.

Organizational model of stock exchangeListed company for profit; demutualized in:

  • NASDAQ - 2000
  • OMX - 1993

Regulatory bodies


Regulatory modelLimited Exchange Self-Regulatory Organization (SRO) Model.

  • Regulatory practices in regards to this exchange vary slightly from country to country. The exchanges operated by Nasdaq in each country appear to have basic regulatory oversight. However, the ultimate regulatory authority for each market lies with the regulatory bodies listed.

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