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Wiener Börse

Name Wiener Börse (Vienna Stock Exchange)
Country Austria
Number of listed companies 74
Domestic market capitalization 124104 million US$
SSE Partner Exchange Yes
Has annual sustainability report No

ESG reporting required as a listing rule Yes

The European directive on non-financial information reporting (NFRD) has been implemented into the Austrian legal environment. The Nachhaltigkeits- und Diversitätsverbesserungsgesetz (NaDiVeG) makes CRS reporting mandatory as part of annual reporting. Also, listed companies have to abide by the Corporate Governance Code and include a declaration of commitment. Source
Has written guidance on ESG reporting No

Offers ESG related training Yes

Market covered by sustainability-related index Yes

  • VÖNIX Made up of exchange-listed companies that are leaders with respect to social and ecological performance.
  • CECE SRI  Capitalisation-weighted price index that comprises companies traded on the stock exchange in the regions of Central, Eastern and Southeast Europe and are leaders in social and ecological performance.

Has sustainability bond listing segment Yes

Green- and social bonds platform launched in 2018 see: https://www.wienerborse.at/en/issuers/bond-admission-listing/green-and-social-bonds/

Has SME listing platform Yes

See Direct Market + and Direct Market

Additional information

Organizational model of stock exchange
Private company for profit, demutualized in 1999

Regulatory bodies

Regulatory model
Government (Statutory) Model –  the securities exchange is regulated by the Financial Market Authority (FMA). The FMA’s main responsibilities in regulating the Wiener Borse, is to supervise the legality of the stock exchange organisation and the decisions made by the bodies of the exchange operating company as well as the proper conduct of stock exchange trading. Listing requirements are set according to the Austrian Stock Exchange Act.

About the stock exchange
The Vienna Stock Exchange is the only securities exchange in Austria and provides state-of-the-art infrastructure, market data and information. The business of the Vienna Stock Exchange is based on four cornerstones: Securities trading and listing, market data, index calculation and IT services.

The Vienna Stock Exchange offers Austrian listed companies and issuers of financial products maximum international visibility and the highest liquidity. The largest part of trading volumes is generated by international trading part. The national exchange strives to provide investors with a wide variety of products, maximum transparency and the smooth and efficient execution of exchange trades. The Vienna Stock Exchange operates the central market datafeed for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). In addition, it is a well-established index and IT service provider for the region.

With the foundation of the holding parent CEESEG AG, the Vienna Stock Exchange established a corporate link to the Prague Stock Exchange. In addition, the group benefits of cooperation agreements with over 10 markets in the region and is globally recognized for this unique know how.Source

Stock Exchange Database Criteria

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.

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Criteria Considered

Conducts business in Country or Market in which the stock exchange operates
Number of listed companies (Date updated) Updated either by the stock exchange directly or using WFE data
Domestic market capitalization  Updated either by the stock exchange directly or using WFE data
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
Regulatory model

The extent to which exchanges have regulatory authority in their market. This may include: 

  • Limited exchange SRO
  • Strong exchange SRO
  • Independent member SRO
  • Government (Statutory)
  • Non-SRO
About the stock exchange The location of the headquarters of the exchange, and any additional details about the stock exchange.