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UN Global Compact joins partners to ring the bell for gender equality at 99 stock exchanges

United Nations Global Compact
·11-min read
UN Global Compact ringing the Nasdaq opening bell on 1 March 2021.
UN Global Compact ringing the Nasdaq opening bell on 1 March 2021.
UN Global Compact ringing the Nasdaq opening bell on 1 March 2021.

New York, NY, March 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UNITED NATIONS, New York, 2 March 2021 — For the seventh consecutive year, the UN Global Compact will participate in Ring the Bell for Gender Equality — a collaboration of stock exchanges around the world ringing opening or closing bells to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March and promote the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs).

The initiative is a partnership between the UN Global Compact, IFC, Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) Initiative, UN Women, the World Federation of Exchanges and Women in ETFs to draw attention to women’s economic empowerment, and the opportunities for the private sector to advance gender equality and sustainable development.

Stock exchanges around the world are working with investors and businesses to take practical action to advance gender equality through listing requirements, voluntary guidance documents, investment products, internal policies and training and awareness raising. In March 2020, 77 exchanges rang their bells for gender equality. This year 99 stock exchanges are participating in the initiative and local partners are hosting virtual events around the world where in-person ringings are not safe due to the ongoing pandemic.

Ring the Bell for Gender Equality events around the world encourage participants to scale-up efforts to achieve gender equality in their markets, industries and organizations by adopting and implementing the Women's Empowerment Principles. A joint initiative of the UN Global Compact and UN Women, the WEPs provide a holistic roadmap to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community. Private sector, civil society, Governments and the UN are working together to achieve gender equality targets and the other Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Commenting on the initiative, Sanda Ojiambo, CEO & Executive Director of the UN Global Compact said: “The Covid-19 pandemic risks reversing progress towards greater gender equality. I hope this year’s Ring the Bell for Gender Equality reminds business leaders that gender equality is a key driver of financial success and must be central to our efforts to build back better from this difficult time.”

This year, UN Women’s theme for International Women’s Day is ‘Women's full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls’. This theme directly aligns with the work of the UN Global Compact on gender including the WEPs , which more than 4,500 CEOs have signed, as well as a successful first year of the Target Gender Equality accelerator programme.

For more information, contact media@unglobalcompact.org

Here is a list of participating exchanges:


Exchange/Organisation

Country

Date of Event

Bolsas y Mercados Argentinos (BYMA)

Argentina

11-Mar

Armenia Securities Exchange

Armenia

TBD

Australian Securities Exchange

Australia

08-Mar

Sydney Stock Exchange

Australia

04-Mar

Wiener Börse

Austria

08-Mar

Baku Stock Exchange

Azerbaijan

09-Mar

Bahrain Bourse

Bahrain

08-Mar

Dhaka Stock Exchange Ltd

Bangladesh

14-Mar

Belarusian Currency and Stock Exchange

Belarus

05-Mar

Euronext Brussels

Belgium

08-Mar

Banja Luka Stock Exchange

Bosnia and Herzegovina

TBD

Botswana Stock Exchange

Botswana

08-Mar

B3 - Brasil Bolsa Balcão

Brazil

08-Mar

Bulgarian Stock Exchange

Bulgaria

08-Mar

NEO Exchange

Canada

08-Mar

Toronto Stock Exchange

Canada

12-Mar

Bolsa de Comercio de Santiago

Chile

09-Mar

Shanghai Stock Exchange

China

08-Mar

Shenzhen Stock Exchange

China

05-Mar

Taipei Exchange

Chinese Taipei

TBD

Taiwan Stock Exchange Corp.

Chinese Taipei

TBD

Bolsa de Valores de Colombia

Colombia

09-Mar

Bolsa Nacional de Valores

Costa Rica

11-Mar

Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières S.A.

Cote d'Ivoire

08-Mar

Zagreb Stock Exchange

Croatia

08-Mar

Nasdaq Copenhagen

Denmark

08-Mar

Bolsa de Valores de Quito

Ecuador

09-Mar

The Egyptian Exchange

Egypt

09-Mar

Nasdaq Helsinki

Finland

08-Mar

Georgian Stock Exchange

Georgia

10-Mar

Deutsche Börse AG

Germany

08-Mar

Ghana Stock Exchange

Ghana

10-Mar

Athens Stock Exchange (ATHEX)

Greece

08-Mar

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing

Hong Kong

8 March ?

Nasdaq Iceland

Iceland

08-Mar

Bombay Stock Exchange

India

08-Mar

National Stock Exchange of India Limited

India

08-Mar

Indonesia Stock Exchange

Indonesia

09-Mar

Tehran Stock Exchange

Iran

Last 2 days

Euronext Dublin

Ireland

08-Mar

Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange

Israel

08-Mar

Borsa Italiana

Italy

08-Mar

Jamaica stock Exchange

Jamaica

08-Mar

Japan Exchange Group, Inc.

Japan

08-Mar

Amman Stock Exchange

Jordan

TBD

Kazakhstan Stock Exchange

Kazakhstan

05-Mar

Nairobi Securities Exchange

Kenya

11-Mar

Boursa Kuwait

Kuwait

08-Mar

Kyrgyz Stock Exchange CJSC

Kyrgyzstan

10-Mar

Beirut Stock Exchange

Lebanon

08-Mar

Luxembourg Stock Exchange

Luxembourg

08-Mar

Macedonian Stock Exchange

Macedonia

08-Mar

Bursa Malaysia

Malaysia

08-Mar

Malta Stock Exchange

Malta

08-Mar

BIVA (Bolsa Institucional de Valores)

Mexico

08-Mar

Bolsa Mexicana de Valores

Mexico

09-Mar

Bourse de Casablanca

Morocco

TBD

Namibian Stock Exchange

Namibia

TBD

Nepal Stock Exchange Limited

Nepal

TBD

Euronext Amsterdam

Netherlands

08-Mar

NZX Limited

New Zealand

08-Mar

FMDQ Securities Exchange PLC

Nigeria

08-Mar

Nigerian Stock Exchange

Nigeria

08-Mar

Oslo Børs

Norway

08-Mar

Pakistan Stock Exchange

Pakistan

TBD

Palestine Exchange

Palestine

10-Mar

Bolsa de Valores de Panama S.A.

Panama

10-Mar

Bolsa de Valores de Lima

Peru

TBD

The Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc.

Philippines

08-Mar

Warsaw Stock Exchange

Poland

08-Mar

Euronext Lisbon

Portugal

08-Mar

Qatar Stock Exchange

Qatar

08-Mar

Bucharest Stock Exchange

Romania

08-Mar

Moscow Exchange

Russia

9-10 March

Rwanda Stock Exchange

Rwanda

TBD

Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul)

Saudi Arabia

08-Mar

Belgrade Stock Exchange

Serbia

11-Mar

Singapore Exchange

Singapore

08-Mar

Johannesburg Stock Exchange

South Africa

08-Mar

BME - Bolsas y Mercados Españoles

Spain

08-Mar

Colombo Stock Exchange

Sri Lanka

08-Mar

Nasdaq Stockholm

Sweden

08-Mar

SIX Swiss Exchange

Switzerland

08-Mar

Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange

Tanzania

08-Mar

Stock Exchange of Thailand

Thailand

08-Mar

Tunis Stock Exchange

Tunisia

08-Mar

Uganda Securities Exchange

Uganda

TBD

Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange

United Arab Emirates

TBD

Dubai Financial Market

United Arab Emirates

08-Mar

Dubai Gold & Commodities Exchange

United Arab Emirates

08-Mar

Aquis Exchange PLC

United Kingdom

08-Mar

London Stock Exchange Group

United Kingdom

08-Mar

Bolsa de Valores de Montevideo

Uruguay

05-Mar

Cboe Global Markets

USA

08-Mar

Intercontinental Exchange | NYSE

USA

04-Mar

Nasdaq - US

USA

01-Mar

The Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC)

USA

08-Mar

Hochiminh Stock Exchange

Vietnam

08-Mar

Zimbabwe Stock Exchange

Zimbabwe

08-Mar

-ENDS-

About the Partner Organisations:

United Nations Global Compact

As a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General, the United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with Ten Principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Our ambition is to accelerate and scale the global collective impact of business by upholding the Ten Principles and delivering the Sustainable Development Goals through accountable companies and ecosystems that enable change. With more than 12,000 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries, and 69 Local Networks, the UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative — one Global Compact uniting business for a better world.

For more information, follow @globalcompact on social media and visit our website at unglobalcompact.org.

Women in ETFs (WE)

Women in ETFs is the first women’s group for the ETF industry. Founded in January 2014, WE is a non-profit organization that brings together over 5,600 members, including women and men, in chapters in major financial centers across the United States, Canada, EMEA and Asia Pacific to: 1) CONNECT: Create opportunities for professional advancement of women by expanding connections among women and men in the ETF industry; 2) SUPPORT: Offer guidance for the current and next generation of women in ETFs and 3) INSPIRE: WE achieves this by organizing events at our chapters globally that support our goals of education, networking, philanthropy and idea sharing across the industry and beyond.

For more information, visit: www.womeninetfs.com to learn more, join, or sponsor. Follow us on Twitter: @WomeninETFs and on Linkedin: Women in ETFs

About IFC

IFC – a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group – is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work in more than 100 countries, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries. In fiscal year 2020, we invested more than $22 billion in private companies and financial institutions in developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.

The Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative

The 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 (environmental, social and corporate governance) issues and encourage sustainable investment. The SSE initiative is convened by four organizations - the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the UN Global Compact, the UN Environment Program Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), and the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). To learn more about becoming a Partner Stock Exchange or participating as a regulator or investor, visit sseinitiative.org Follow us on Twitter: @sseinitiative

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)

UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to ensure that the standards are effectively implemented and truly benefit women and girls worldwide. It works globally to make the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals a reality for women and girls and stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on four strategic priorities: Women lead, participate in and benefit equally from governance systems; Women have income security, decent work and economic autonomy; All women and girls live a life free from all forms of violence; Women and girls contribute to and have greater influence in building sustainable peace and resilience, and benefit equally from the prevention of natural disasters and conflicts and humanitarian action. UN Women also coordinates and promotes the UN system’s work in advancing gender equality. Learn more at: http://www.unwomen.org and https://www.empowerwomen.org/en/weps/about. Follow us on Twitter @UN_Women @Empower_Women and on LinkedIn: UN Women

The World Federation of Exchanges (WFE):

Established in 1961, the WFE is the global industry association for exchanges and clearing houses. Headquartered in London, it represents over 250 market infrastructure providers, including standalone CCPs that are not part of exchange groups. Of our members, 37% are in Asia-Pacific, 43% in EMEA and 20% in the Americas. WFE’s 57 member CCPs collectively ensure that risk takers post some $800bn (equivalent) of resources to back their positions, in the form of initial margin and default fund requirements. WFE exchanges, meanwhile, are home to nearly 48,000 listed companies, and the market capitalisation of these entities is over $74.4 trillion (at end 2018); around $95 trillion (EOB) in trading annually passes through the infrastructures WFE members safeguard (at end 2018). The WFE is the definitive source for exchange-traded statistics, and publishes over 350 market data indicators. Its free statistics database stretches back more than 40 years, and provides information and insight into developments on global exchanges. The WFE works with standard-setters, policy makers, regulators and government organisations around the world to support and promote the development of fair, transparent, stable and efficient markets. The WFE shares regulatory authorities’ goals of ensuring the safety and soundness of the global financial system. With extensive experience of developing and enforcing high standards of conduct, the WFE and its members support an orderly, secure, fair and transparent environment for investors; for companies that raise capital; and for all who deal with financial risk. We seek outcomes that maximise the common good, consumer confidence and economic growth. And we engage with policy makers and regulators in an open, collaborative way, reflecting the central, public role that exchanges and CCPs play in a globally integrated financial system. Follow us on Twitter @TheWFE and LinkedIn: The World Federation of Exchanges.

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CONTACT: Dan Thomas United Nations Global Compact (212) 907-1301 media@unglobalcompact.org