The World Federation Of Exchanges Issues Guidance Note On The WFE Green Equity Principles

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London, 14 September 2023 – The World Federation of Exchanges (WFE), the global body for exchanges and CCPs, has issued its Guidance Note on the WFE Green Equity Principles. The Principles are the first global framework for designating listed shares as green.

The WFE Green Equity Principles are based on 5 pillars:

  1. The amount of a company’s revenues/ investments that must be derived from ‘green’ activities.  
  2. Use of a specified taxonomy.
  3. Governance (i.e. existing listing requirements). 
  4. Annual assessment by approved reviewers.
  5. Disclosure around the processes and reviews related to the green classification.

The Guidance Note sets out practical considerations for exchanges who wish to establish offerings that align to the WFE Green Equity Classification and covers the principles themselves, as well as operational matters such as:

  • Designation of responsibility within the exchange for overseeing the classification
  • Establishing relevant processes including criteria for revoking classification
  • Development of the classification mark and provision of public information
  • Criteria for assessing the appropriateness of reviewers. 

Nandini Sukumar, Chief Executive Officer of the WFE said: “The WFE Green Equity Principles are a significant milestone achieved by the global exchange industry. The Guidance Note, published today, equips aspiring exchanges with the tools to play their part in increasing transparency in sustainable finance and countering greenwashing risks as we move towards a more sustainable global economy”.

The WFE Green Equity Principles and the Guidance Note on the WFE Green Equity Principles will now be open for public consultation until 15 January 2024.

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The full report can be downloaded here.

About 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, 34% are in Asia-Pacific, 45% in EMEA and 21% in the Americas.