ESG Investment

In recent years, ESG (environmental, social, and governance) investment has increasingly grown in importance. In Japan and overseas, there is a particular growing interest in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are a collection of 17 goals regarding global issues in terms of the economy, society, and environment. ESG investment is drawing attention as an effective tool to address these issues.

JPX joined the Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative in December 2017. The SSE initiative is organized by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), United Nations Global Compact, United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), and UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). The SSE initiative is a platform for stock exchanges to explore and deliberate ways and means toward building sustainable societies through collaborating with investors, listed companies, and other capital market stakeholders.

JPX has promoted sustainability initiatives on several fronts in Japan. It formulated Japan's Corporate Governance Code, offers ESG-related indices and ETFs, and launched an infrastructure fund market. JPX also selects listed companies in recognition of outstanding efforts in promoting women empowerment and employee health and productivity. In collaboration with domestic and foreign public institutions, investors, listed companies, market participants, and other stakeholders, JPX will advance our efforts to spread ESG investment and increase the number of related products.