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Jul. 09, 2018 JPX JPX and LSEG to Cooperate in Sustainable Investment and Product Marketing


Japan Exchange Group, Inc (JPX) and London Stock Exchange Group plc (LSEG) are delighted to announce that they have agreed to identify and collaborate on financial market infrastructure initiatives designed to promote global sustainable investment and on product marketing initiatives.

JPX and LSEG have begun identifying areas for mutual collaboration and innovation across the full spectrum of ESG investment finance. Both Groups want to further deepen ties in order to expand the range of services offered to listed companies and investors across capital markets in Japan, the UK, and globally. The initial focus will be on joint marketing activities to promote listing products, especially those related to ESG.

JPX and LSEG, as Partner Exchanges in the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative, are both firmly and demonstrably committed to promoting sustainable investment. The UN SSE Initiative aims to provide an effective peer-to-peer dialogue among global exchanges, encouraging sustainable investment, while also enhancing corporate transparency on environmental, social, and corporate governance issues. The SSE initiative has provided stock exchanges with an opportunity to play an important leadership role in promoting sustainable business practices.

Akira Kiyota, Group CEO, JPX:
"We are very pleased to announce our agreement with LSEG to cooperate in initiatives that span sustainability and on product marketing aimed at developing methods for providing better customer service. With the partnership with LSEG, JPX hopes to contribute to the spread of ESG investment and the establishment of a sustainable society in collaboration with domestic and foreign public institutions, investors, listed companies, market participants, and other stakeholders. JPX looks forward to strengthening our cooperative relationship such that we may continue contributing to further development of capital markets in both countries and globally."

David Warren, Interim Group CEO and Group CFO, LSEG:
"We are honoured to partner with JPX in the important area of sustainable finance. We both share a commitment to working closely with global market participants to meet the world's sustainable finance needs. We look forward to expanding the range of services available to listed companies and investors across our markets through this partnership."

JPX actively promotes ESG investment and established a Sustainability Committee on July 1, 2018 to promote JPX's activities on a company-wide basis. The "Update of 2nd Medium-Term Management Plan (FY2018)", which was published on April 27, 2018, includes such initiatives for advancing ESG investment efforts as the launch of a dedicated web platform for publishing ESG-related bonds information along with the expansion of the infrastructure fund market to encompass renewable energy projects.

Last year LSEG's global benchmark provider, FTSE Russell, was proud to partner with the Government Pension Investment Fund of Japan - the world's largest pension fund - to provide benchmarks to support their sustainable investment strategy. Green Bond issuance in London also increased by over 90 per cent and equity related activity by 200 per cent in 2017. More information can be found at LSEG's Global Sustainable Investment Centre.


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About Japan Exchange Group

Japan Exchange Group (JPX) offers Japan's most comprehensive integrated market infrastructure with its business domain covering cash and derivatives market operation, self-regulation and clearing. Tokyo Stock Exchange is home to more than 3,600 companies and a wide variety of ETP and REIT products, while Osaka Exchange provides highly liquid derivatives products. In addition to efficient, stable and transparent market mechanisms, self-regulation at Japan Exchange Regulation and CCP functions provided by Japan Securities Clearing Cooperation also contribute to trust and confidence in its robust and reliable market infrastructure. JPX will drive market development and continue to diversify its business portfolio as it pursues the next step forward towards becoming Your Exchange of your Choice.

About London Stock Exchange Group:

London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) is an international markets infrastructure business. Its diversified global business focuses on capital formation, intellectual property and risk and balance sheet management. LSEG operates an open access model, offering choice and partnership to customers across all of its businesses. The Group can trace its history back to 1698.
The Group operates a broad range of international equity, ETF, bond and derivatives markets, including London Stock Exchange; Borsa Italiana; MTS (a European fixed income market); and Turquoise (a pan-European equities MTF). Through its platforms, LSEG offers market participants, unrivalled access to Europe's capital markets. The Group also plays a vital economic and social role, enabling companies, including SMEs, to access funds for growth and development.
Through FTSE Russell, the Group is a global leader in financial indexing, benchmarking and analytic services with over $16 trillion benchmarked to its indexes. The Group also provides customers with an extensive range of data services, research and analytics through The Yield Book, Mergent, SEDOL, UnaVista, XTF and RNS.
Post trade and risk management services are a significant part of the Group's business operations. In addition to majority ownership of LCH, a multi-asset global CCP operator, LSEG owns CC&G, the Italian clearing house and Monte Titoli, a leading European custody and settlement business.
LSEG Technology develops and operates high performance technology solutions, including trading, market surveillance and post trade systems for over 40 organisations and exchanges, including the Group's own markets.
Headquartered in the United Kingdom, with significant operations in North America, Italy, France and Sri Lanka, the Group employs approximately 4,500 people
Further information on London Stock Exchange Group can be found at The Group's ticker symbol is LSE.L



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