The Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative is a peer-to-peer learning platform for exploring how exchanges, in collaboration with investors, regulators, and companies, can enhance corporate transparency – and ultimately performance – on ESG issues and encourage sustainable investment. When joining the initiative, stock exchanges make a public commitment to advancing sustainability in their market.

Since 2009 the SSE initiative has been working in partnership with stock exchanges to develop more sustainable capital markets. To create these markets, sustainable development must be integrated into the mainstream economy. With the historic adoption of the UN 2030 Agenda and 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), markets have an internationally agreed upon framework for contributing to the creation of sustainable markets and society.

In 2016, 60 stock exchanges partner with the SSE initiative, representing over 70% of listed equity markets.

The SSE initiative is co-convened by UNEP FI, UNCTAD, the UN Global Compact and the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).

For more information about the Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative please visit

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SSE 2016 Report on Progress.

With 59 exchanges partnering with the SSE initiative, over 70% of listed equity markets have made a public commitment to advancing sustainability in their market.