|Name||SIX Swiss Exchange|
|Number of listed companies||248|
|Domestic market capitalization||2327707.01 million US$|
|SSE Partner Exchange||Yes|
|Has annual sustainability report||Yes
|ESG reporting required as a listing rule||Yes
The Swiss Authority has recently approved a new law on non-financial reporting (legal basis: 964a-c) that entered into force Jan-2022. It applies to the vast majority of SIX’s listed companies requiring double materiality and covers information of business’ impact environment matters and social issues and also information of employee-related issues, respect for human rights, and combating corruption. The new legal framework is based on EU Directive 2014/95/EU “Non-Financial Reporting Directive (NFRD), the ordinance on climate reporting can be found here and additional information is available here and here
Until this new law, SIX’s listed companies could choose voluntarily opt-in sustainability reporting through Art. 9 DCG in conjunction with Art. 9 Point 2.03 DRRO where issuers have the opportunity, to inform SIX Exchange Regulation that they issued a sustainability report in accordance with an internationally recognised standard recognized by SIX. Issuers who opt into the SIX regime are then obliged to adopt the sustainability report in accordance with the chosen internationally recognised standard and to publish it on their website within eight months of the balance sheet date for the annual financial statements for a period of five years. In addition, companies remain free to issue and publish a sustainability report in line with an internationally recognised standard without reporting this to SIX Exchange Regulation. It is also permissible to include certain sustainability topics in their annual report.
|Has written guidance on ESG reporting||No
|Offers ESG related training||Yes
|Market covered by sustainability-related index||Yes
|Has sustainability bond listing segment||Yes
|Has SME listing platform||Yes
||Women on boards mandatory minimum rule||Yes
|Organizational model of stock exchange||
Private company for profit; demutualized in 2002
Limited Exchange Self-Regulatory Organization (SRO) Model.
|About the stock exchange||
Location: Zurich, Switzerland.
The SSE maintains a database of sustainability activities for all stock exchanges that are either members of the SSE initiative and/or members of the World Federation of Exchanges. This database is the most comprehensive database of stock exchanges worldwide and contains data on all main stock exchanges. The information in this database is intended to inform investors and other stakeholders on the work stock exchanges are undertaking to advance sustainability in their respective markets.
The information provided in this database is based on publicly available information prepared by the SSE Secretariat with input from stock exchanges in most instances. Sources and explanatory notes on sustainability information have been included in individual Stock Exchange Fact Sheets. The criteria for each category can be found below.
While every effort is made to keep the information in this database up to date, please be aware that certain factors change frequently and therefore may not be exact, such as the number of listed companies or market cap.
|Country||Country of primary residence or registration|
|Has signed the SSE Commitment Letter?||To be considered an SSE Partner Exchange, the CEO or Chairperson of the exchange must sign an SSE commitment letter. Contact the SSE for more information if your exchange would like to join.|
|Has annual sustainability report?||For a yes, stock exchanges must report, either in a stand alone report or integrated into their financial report, on their environmental and social impact and corporate governance.|
|ESG reporting required as a listing rule?||For a yes, all three factors have been considered (environmental, social and governance) within the listing rules for some or all listed companies. This requirement may come from the regulatory authority or the exchange, depending on the market.|
|Offers written guidance on ESG reporting?||For a yes, all three factors have been considered (environmental, social and governance). The SSE has developed a model guidance that all exchanges can use to develop their own guidance to issuers. For more details, click here.|
|Offers ESG related training?||For a yes, training must have taken place in the previous 12 months, and must be interactive. The topic of the training must be on some area of sustainability.|
|Market covered by sustainability-related index?||Sustainability-related indices may include environmental or social indices, or ESG indices. This could include specific themes, such as low carbon indices, or general sustainability indices. The index must be specific to the market the exchange operates in (a region or world index is not included).|
|Has sustainability bond listing segment?||For a yes, the exchange has developed the rules and regulations allowing for sustainability bonds to be listed, and provides a separate segment for listing making the bonds easy to find and identify.|
|Has an SME listing platform?||For a yes, the exchange offers a listing platform specifically for Small-and-Medium sized enterprises.|
|Additional Information||Additional Information captures exchanges’: sustainability section of websites, sustainability products not captured under indices; information on future sustainability commitments and other information on the exchange|
|Organizational model of stock exchange||Whether the exchange is listed or not, and when it was demutualized|
|Regulatory bodies||The regulatory authority that sets listing requirements and capital market regulation for the exchange's market|
The extent to which exchanges have regulatory authority in their market. This may include:
|About the stock exchange||The location of the headquarters of the exchange, and any additional details about the stock exchange.|