EURONEXT, a sustainable stock exchange

During COP21, Euronext announced that it has joined the United Nations' Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative.  The UN SSE initiative aims to explore how exchanges can work together with investors, regulators, and companies to enhance corporate transparency on Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) issues and encourage responsible long-term approaches to investment.

In line with this initiative, Euronext continues to launch products related to the financing of the real economy in support of sustainability projects. These include:

  • Green Bonds: funds raised used exclusively to finance eligible Green projects such as renewable energy, sustainable land use, clean transportation, etc.  In 2015, €3.84bn has already been raised through 11 green bond issues.
  • Sustainable indices:  Euronext is working with Vigeo-Eiris, the European leader in assessing companies’ and organisations’ extra-financial practices and performance, including environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. In addition, in November 2015, Euronext launched a new version of its Low Carbon 100 Europe Index® in partnership with Carbone 4 and CDP, introducing a more efficient means of measuring companies’ energy performance.
  • Commodities: Euronext has launched a number of products dedicated to financing the real economy, as well as our commodity contracts for milling wheat, rapeseed, corn and other products. These financing contracts have long been relied upon as trusted global and European benchmarks. In June 2015, Euronext announced the launch of a legislation favourable to Wood Pellet Contract leveraging for renewable energy, in order to provide its clients with a product that supports renewable energy initiatives.