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NameNational Stock Exchange of India (NSE)
Number of listed companies2,013
Domestic market capitalization3,279,016 million US$
SSE Partner ExchangeYes
Has annual sustainability reportYes
The sustainability report is integrated into the annual report since 2011. The annual reports can be found here.

ESG reporting required as a listing ruleYes
See the CIRCULAR CIR/CFD/CMD/10/2015 issued on November 04, 2015 on the Format for Business Responsibility Report (BRR) by the Securities and Exchange Board in India (SEBI).

In 2021, SEBI updated the listing rules by introducing new reporting requirements on ESG parameters called the Business Responsibility and Sustainability Report (BRSR). Source

Has written guidance on ESG reportingYes
  • NSE in association with Stakeholders Empowerment Services (SES) have carried out a study to assess and compare the disclosure practices reported in Business Responsibility Report (BRR) by Top 100 listed companies. The study has analysed BRR as well as Sustainability Reports of the sample companies by capturing data which is either straight forward quantitative or which can be quantified from BRR as well as Sustainability Reports of the sample companies. Report can be foundhere.
  • NSE in July 2020 published an analysis ofESG practices across 50 companies listed on National Stock Exchange of India Limited, spread across 12 different sectors. This assessment of ESG practices gives a broader picture of Indias ESG footprint. The study is intended to act as a catalyst and inspire companies to follow better ESG practices.Additionally, it will provide investors with a tool to benchmark companies.Report on ESG practices of companies listed on National Stock Exchange of India Limited
  • NSE undertakes a lot of capacity building initiatives in the area of corporate governance. Various reports and links to the roundtable discussions have been hosted on theNSE webpage.
  • Business Responsibly and Sustainability Reporting (BRSR) sector specific guidance:
    • NSEin association with Stakeholders Empowerment Services (SES)has published a comprehensive guide that explains BRSR parameters along with guidance on how to measure and disclose for every Essential as well as Leadership Indicator. The Guide has been specifically tailored for 38 Sub Sectors as per SASB Standardsto cover sector specific sustainability disclosure guidance. Every BRSR Indicator has been mapped to 5 Global frameworks viz. GRI, SDG, TCFD, CDP & SASB.The report can be foundhere.

Offers ESG related trainingYes
In 2021, NSE provided a series of webinars on ESG topics: “ESG: An antidote to adversity

Market covered by sustainability-related indexYes

See the list of thematic indices here

Has sustainability bond listing segmentYes

Has SME listing platformYes
Women on boards mandatory minimum ruleYes
  • Further, Indian Capital Market Regulator - Securities and Exchange Board of India, has mandated top 1000 listed entities to have at least one independent woman director on their Boards. This has been introduced in phased manner where by April 01, 2019 top 500 companies required to comply with this requirement and by April 01, 2020 it was extended to top 1000 listed entities (by market capitalization as at the end of the immediate previous financial year). Given the regulatory push high compliance has been observed in this area. From the submissions made by companies listed on NSE mainboard, for quarter ended December 2021 we observe that 98% of them have women representation on their Board. More information on: Securities and Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015 [Last amended on April 25, 2022]
Additional information
  • NSE India has put immense focus on issues around Inclusion Gender Equality & Women on Boards. NSE India has 34% women employees on its role. They celebrate International Womens Day every year to encourage women inclusion and appreciation in Financial Services.
  • NSE has been publishing Integrated report since past 3 years. Its report is also aligned to the recommendations made in the publication titled How exchanges can embed sustainability within their operations published by the United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative in collaboration with World Federation of Exchanges (WFE). The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards and Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) standards have been referenced for devising Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for material topics. Additionally, contributions to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been mapped throughout its report.

Organizational model of stock exchange
  • Demutualized for profit.

Regulatory bodiesIndian Capital Markets are regulated and monitored by the Ministry of Finance, the Securities and Exchange Board of India and the Reserve Bank of India.

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) is the regulatory authority established under the SEBI Act 1992 and is the principal regulator for Stock Exchanges in India. SEBIs primary functions include protecting investor interests, promoting and regulating the Indian securities markets. All financial intermediaries permitted by their respective regulators to participate in the Indian securities markets are governed by SEBI regulations, whether domestic or foreign. Foreign Portfolio Investors are required to register with DDPs in order to participate in the Indian securities markets. More information on: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is governed by the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934. The RBI is responsible for implementing monetary and credit policies, issuing currency notes, being banker to the government, regulator of the banking system, manager of foreign exchange, and regulator of payment & settlement systems while continuously working towards the development of Indian financial markets. The RBI regulates financial markets and systems through different legislations. It regulates the foreign exchange markets through the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999. More information on: NSE is governed by SECC Regulations issued by SEBI, SEBI Act, various regulations/ circulars/ guidelines etc. issued there under, RBI directives on forex trading, interest rate futures trading, debt securities trading, Prevention of Money Laundering Act and several other statutes that govern any employer/ corporate body in the country. NSE is a front line regulator with a focus on disciplined market development, market integrity and investor protection.

Regulatory model
  • Limited Exchange Self-Regulatory Organization (SRO) Model


About the stock exchangeLocation: Mumbai, India

  • Incorporated in 1992, NSE was recognised as a stock exchange by Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) in April 1993, commenced operations in 1994 and has been consistently ranked as the largest stock exchange in India in terms of total and average daily turnover for equity shares since 1995 (based on SEBI data). It is the largest derivatives exchange globally in terms of the number of contracts traded.
  • NSE is head-quartered in Exchange Plaza, Mumbai, India, with client-facing regional offices in Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai and Ahmedabad. NSE has 25 locations in India where business is undertaken by the company, including offices in Indore, Kanpur, Pune, Jaipur, Cochin, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Patna, Lucknow, Vadodara, Raipur, Jammu, Shimla, Panjim, Ranchi, Guwahati, Chandigarh, Bhubaneshwar and Dehradun.