Shaping a global economy fit for the 21st century is our greatest challenge. By 2050, the world must satisfy the needs of more than 9 billion people, of which over 5 billion are expected to reside in Asia.
As the region’s most international and trusted exchange, SGX believes that economic growth and sustainability are inter-dependent. Reshaping this sustainable future requires the ecosystem to work in partnership. Anchored on three pillars, SGX FIRST is our platform that facilitates collaboration within the ecosystem to catalyse change and deliver growth in a sustainable manner.
As an ecosystem
We strive to be a positive influence and foster collaboration by engaging with our partners and connecting stakeholders to drive industry discussions.
As a business
To build sustainable businesses, we offer our customers ESG solutions that capitalise on our assets, expertise and capabilities.
As a company
Operating at the highest international standards, we not only adopt sustainable business practices but also actively promote such practices in our markets.
“Investors today want to combine financial returns with a positive contribution to the environment and society. Sustainability and growth are not a zero-sum game. Exchanges can actively encourage market participants to shift to more sustainable behaviour and reinforce the long-term benefits of adopting ESG strategies. The launch of FIRST reinforces our commitment toward co-creating a sustainable future with and for our partners.”
Kwa Chong Seng
Chairman of Singapore Exchange
“With the challenges of driving economic growth and reversing climate change, there is an undeniable need for collective and collaborative leadership to find solutions for the issues at hand. By establishing Asia’s leading platform for sustainability and green finance, we will work with the ecosystem to drive initiatives and develop products that have a measurable impact on the economy and the environment.”
Loh Boon Chye
CEO of Singapore Exchange
SGX aspires to build a green product range that reflects the need for long-term, sustainable investment performance and our desire for a better world. SGX will also continue to drive its sustainability agenda by advocating transparency and accountability.
Investors are increasingly integrating ESG considerations in their investment strategies. We support market participants by developing ESG-related risk management and trading solutions as well as publishing ESG ratings for SGX-listed companies.
As one of the top five listing venues globally for sustainability bonds, we aim to be the preeminent Asian platform for green, social and sustainability fixed income securities globally.
With the commodities sector increasingly seeking to produce essential materials in a more sustainable manner, we are developing more environmentally friendly solutions such as higher grade iron ore, low sulphur FFA, sustainable rubber and more.
We are developing more sustainability benchmarks, ratings and associated products to help investors as they shift towards sustainable investing. These include custom ESG thematic indices such as low carbon and climate change risk.
We partner with ESG experts and consultants to provide resources and training to help listed companies produce sustainability reports that are in line with globally-recognised frameworks. SGX has also been leading in the advocacy for Women on Boards in Singapore since 2012.
Sustainability is integral to SGX’s corporate strategy. We take reference from our robust enterprise risk management system to identify and assess ESG risks and opportunities. SGX is a component of global ESG indices including FTSE4Good Index, Bloomberg ESG Data Index and MSCI World ESG Leaders Index.
Read recent media interviews with SGX executives on ESG and sustainability.