The aim of these workshops is to educate, guide and inform companies on the importance of sustainability and the benefits of their implementation in companies. The workshops will be for personnel involved in monitoring the implementation of governance and sustainability in listed companies as well as the investor relations managers of these companies. The workshops will review practical cases of sustainability, strategic advantages to include sustainability practices in the core business processes of companies, as well as the growing demand from regional and international institutional investors for sustainability disclosure. The workshops will also highlight ESG criteria for companies listed on ADX and how investors can benefit from such information.
The workshops are part of a ADX strategy aimed at supporting the national economy, providing a sustainable trading environment, launching initiatives that encourage the business community to adopt sustainable environmental and social practices which in turn would raise governance standards by implementing sustainability standards and integrating them into both the Exchange’s strategy and that of its listed companies. Especially those related to environmental, social and governance applications, which should enhance the Exchange’s competitiveness and attract more responsible investments to the Emirate.
On this occasion, H.E. Khalifa Salem Al Mansouri, Acting Chief Executive of ADX, said, “These workshops complement the Exchange’s efforts of organizing workshops on sustainability and governance. The latest of which was in December of last year which was aimed at encouraging listed companies to respond to investors’ demands on environmental and social standards and corporate governance. This would incentivize companies to capitalize on investments worth about USD 80 trillion from funds who target companies that apply ESG standards and are looking for opportunities to invest in financial markets around the world.”
H.E. added that during the year 2019, ADX would develop optional guidelines for the preparation of ESG reports for its listed companies, as well as organize more awareness workshops and lectures on sustainability topics and principles.