Bursa Malaysia, IDX, SET, And SGX Group Collaborate To Develop An ASEAN Interconnected Sustainability Ecosystem (ASEAN-ISE)

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Bursa Malaysia Berhad (Bursa Malaysia), Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX), The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET), and Singapore Exchange (SGX Group), collectively referred to as Participating Exchanges in this context, have announced a collaboration on the ASEAN-Interconnected Sustainability Ecosystem (ASEAN-ISE), to advance ASEAN’s sustainable development through the implementation of common ESG metrics in their respective data infrastructures. 

The ASEAN-ISE initiative was formalised at a recent meeting between the Partner Exchanges, marking an agreement on the foundational governance structure and operational blueprint for building the inter-connected sustainability ecosystem. 

Bursa Malaysia will serve as the ASEAN-ISE Secretariat to facilitate the successful execution of its objectives. The intended outcomes of the ASEAN-ISE initiative include:

  • Creating an integrated ESG ecosystem to promote the progress of sustainable development in ASEAN. 
  • Enabling Participating Exchanges to achieve economies of scale through cost efficiency and faster time-to-market with fit-for-purpose solutions.
  • Empowering Participating Exchanges to proactively assist ESG-compliant corporates in maximising business value through quality disclosures. This involves developing infrastructure solutions to facilitate cross-border trade flows, connecting corporates’ supply chains to ESG-oriented investment capital, and providing suppliers with good ESG practices and disclosures to secure more competitive financing rates. 

“The addition of Singapore Exchange to the Interconnected Sustainability Ecosystem initiative reflects strong collaboration of stock exchanges in ASEAN to bolster the sustainable finance ecosystem in the ASEAN capital markets. This is a step forward in promoting the implementation of the recently announced ASEAN Common ESG Core Metrics and encouraging responsible business practices among listed companies in ASEAN stock exchanges” said Iman Rachman, President Director of Indonesia Stock Exchange.

Loh Boon Chye, CEO of SGX Group, said, “As we witness the profound impact of climate change in this region, collaboration has become increasingly important for members in ASEAN Exchanges. SGX Group acknowledges the urgency for timely action and two years ago, launched ESGenome, the online data portal for public listed companies to facilitate sustainability and climate-related reporting. As such, we look forward to working together with the memb...

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