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Gulf exchanges announce unified ESG metrics for GCC listed companies

Gulf exchanges announce unified ESG metrics for GCC listed companies

The metrics include 29 standards that are aligned with the World Federation of Exchanges and Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative

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ADX - Unified GCC ESG Disclosure Metrics

The GCC Exchanges Committee, chaired by the Saudi Exchange, published a unified set of ESG Disclosure Metrics on January 9.

The committee includes Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, Bahrain Bourse, Boursa Kuwait, Qatar Stock Exchange, Muscat Stock Exchange, Saudi Exchange and Dubai Financial Market.

The ESG metrics include 29 standards that are aligned with the World Federation of Exchanges and Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative, and comprise categories across GHG emissions, energy usage, water usage, gender pay, employee turnover, gender diversity, data privacy, ethics and more.

The GCC ESG Disclosure Metrics are a significant step towards standardising ESG disclosure across the GCC region, due to differences in standards of reporting.

The metrics are voluntary and serve as a guideline for companies wishing to embark on their ESG disclosure journey. The metrics do not replace existing ESG disclosure guidelines for GCC stock exchanges.

Saeed Hamad Al Dhaheri, managing director and CEO of Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, said “Exchanges play a pivotal role in enhancing governance and sustainability among the region’s companies and ADX is proud to take part in creating unified disclosure metrics for GCC listed companies.

“In 2020, we issued ESG disclosure guidelines for our listed companies- which illustrates ADX’s commitment to drive sustainability in financial markets- Our participation in the establishment of the GCC ESG Metrics reinforces our support for the adoption of the highest reporting and disclosure standards across GCC markets.”

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