EGX chairman continued, “We at EGX work in cooperation with the various entities to raise the companies’ awareness about the sustainability best practices at all levels. We focus on both expanding the women representation on the companies’ boards and on the compliance to corporate social responsibility as well as environmental controls”. During the meeting, it was agreed to add another term (year) for the MOU, so that all parties achieve the required objectives with regard to enhancing the women’s role of in the companies’ boards, as well as adding some items to the MOU, which are:
1. Accelerate the work pace and coordinate to create a database of qualified women to join the Egyptian companies’ boards in addition to issuing an annual report to monitor the women participation and representation on the boards, based on the educational, professional experiences and achievements.
2. The possibility of holding quantitative and qualitative studies regarding the listed companies’ boards of directors. An analysis of the average number of women joining the boards of directors as well as their attendance and participation rates in the meetings compared to men’s participation.
3. Holding corporate governance training programs that include capacity building concerning the importance of diversity and gender equality; these trainings will be presented to investor relations staff as well as accountants, financial managers and auditors who are responsible for preparing the financial statements.
4. Conduct a survey on investment funds that one of their investment criteria include diversity and gender equality.
5. Develop schedule for the implementation of the items added to the MOU.
In the same context, it was agreed that the AUC Business School would validate the methodology of some sustainability indices to verify whether they include gender and diversity criteria.
This would encourage companies to maintain the policies and the concept of gender diversity in boards of directors and executive management.
EGX is one of the first 4 leading exchanges in the world to join and sign the United Nations Sustainable Exchange Initiative (SSE) in 2009. It also launched the S&P EGX ESG Sustainability Index in 2010, which is considered the region’s first benchmark that measures the performance of leading companies in the fields of the environment, corporate social responsibility and corporate governance.
In May 2017, EGX was the first public institution in the region to launch an annual sustainability report, in collaboration with the Sustainability Advisory Committee that was launched in 2016; women representation in this committee exceeds 50%.
EGX Chairman has issued a decision last May to restructure the EGX Sustainability Advisory Committee to enhance and activate its role in the formulation and design of policies that contribute to strengthen the sustainability.
This step was after the end of the term of the Sustainability Advisory Committee, which was formed in April 2016 for two years; it contributed to the EGX efficient management to the sustainability file.
EGX had signed MOU with the School of Business at the American University to support “Women on Boards Observatory” where it joined the Women on Boards Consortium. It was created by the American University in 2014 aiming at raising the awareness of the Board Members on the issues of diversity in general. EGX is one of the oldest and most open stock exchanges in the world. It dates back to 1883 in Alexandria Stock Exchange and Cairo Stock Exchange was established in 1903.
EGX aims at developing the capital market by providing advanced technology, latest financial products and achieving fair markets at high transparency and efficiency.