The primary goal of The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) is to help build sustainable financial markets in Nigeria that will strengthen Nigeria's position as an international financial centre. Internally, The NSE is committed to enhancing the reliability, availability and stability of its trading and market data dissemination system, as well as maintaining business practices that are fair and ethical. Externally, The NSE is dedicating resources to promote integrity, transparency and sustainability in the marketplace and to introduce quality and responsible products and services that meet evolving market demands.

Key partnership initiative:

The Nigerian Stock (NSE) on Monday, October 28, 2013, signed onto the Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative. This commitment is in line with two of its corporate sustainability objectives: encouraging responsible investment and promoting the consideration and disclosure of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) indicators among listed companies.

In October 2014, The NSE CEO joined other global leaders at SSE Global Dialogue to discuss ways of harnessing capital market for sustainable development. At this forum, the exchanges announced exchange-specific commitments for the next 12-24 months ranging from consultation with stakeholders, educating investors and companies on the need to integrate sustainability into decision making, and offering of new sustainability-related indices. ​​​Communication to Stakeholders.pdf

The Nigerian Stock Exchange became a member of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) in 2015. This demonstrates the commitment of The NSE to improve its organizational performance around UNGC’s 10 universal principles while contributing to a more stable and inclusive Nigerian economy. The CEO of the NSE also signed the UNGC Call to Action: Anti-Corruption and the Global Development Agenda which urges Governments to promote efficient and effective anti-corruption measures and to implement robust policies that will foster good governance.

As part of the Exchange’s sustainability commitment to seek partnership with reputable multilateral organisations, The Nigeria​n Stock Exchange (NSE) became an Organisational stakeholder of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in October 2015. This partnership provides one platform and source of resources to drive sustainability performance and disclosure in the Nigerian Capital Market. Currently, The NSE is working with the GRI Africa office on the Sustainability Disclosure Guidelines.

The NSE Sustainable Roadmap: The Nigerian Stock Exchange is currently implementing a strategic plan that will stimulate the appropriate application of relevant sustainability imperatives in the Nigerian capital market. This process which will be implemented in phases includes:

  • ​High-level engagement process with listed companies, investors and capital market community
  • Development of Sustainability Reporting Guidelines
  • Sustainability Reporting & Disclosure training and certification for stakeholders

The Nigerian Capital Market Sustainability Conference: The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) in partnership with Ernst and Young (EY) and Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) hosted the inaugural “Nigerian Capital Market Sustainability Conference” (CMSC) on Friday, November 13, 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria.

This stakeholder engagement and knowledge sharing conference had the active participation of listed companies, dealing firms, investors, civil society and regulators. The event presented a platform to dialogue on business value of sustainable investment, enhancing corporate transparency and ultimately performance on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.

Recommendations from the Plenary Sessions and CEO Roundtable supported the introduction of the proposed Sustainability Disclosure Guidelines. See conference details from communique and event pictures