HKEX has been rated highly or awarded by both local and overseas rating agencies or professional institutions in recognition of its achievement in corporate governance and CSR. The related recognitions and ratings granted to HKEX are set out below. It should be noted that the published corporate governance ratings, grades and evaluations reflect the opinions of those professional institutions/governance rating agencies and are not recommendations to buy, sell or hold any of HKEX's securities.
 
Recognition / Rating Organisation Details

Asian Excellence Recognition Awards 2012

Corporate Governance Asia

For the second consecutive year, HKEX was included in the Best Investor Relations (Hong Kong Company) category, and the Chief Executive, Mr Charles X Li, was chosen as one of Asia’s Best CEOs (Investor Relations).

Best Annual Reports Awards

Hong Kong Management Association (HKMA)

To encourage the publication of annual reports and accounts which are accurate, informative and well-presented to shareholders, employees and others who may have interest in the performance and activities of the organisation in question, the HKMA organises “Best Annual Reports Awards” each year to give recognition to outstanding annual reports published.

HKEX’s 2011 Annual Report was granted the Gold Award (General Category).

Best Corporate Governance Disclosure Awards

Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA)

The HKICPA launched the “Best Corporate Governance Disclosure Awards” in 2000 with the dual objectives of encouraging and promoting good corporate governance disclosures and practices, and acknowledging those locally-listed companies and public sector/not-for-profit organisations that exemplified the best corporate governance standards in Hong Kong, as reflected in their annual reports.

HKEX’s 2011 Annual Report was granted the Platinum Award (Hang Seng Index Category) for the fourth consecutive year.

Caring Company Award - 5 Years Plus

The Hong Kong Council of Social Service

The Caring Company Scheme launched by The Hong Kong Council of Social Service recognises companies which demonstrate good corporate citizenship. The assessment criteria include caring for the community, caring for employees and caring for the environment.

HKEX received the Caring Company Award for the seventh consecutive year in recognition of its good corporate citizenship in 2011/12.

Corporate and Employee Contribution Programme 2011/12 - Bronze Award

Promoter in Corporate Giving Award

The Community Chest of Hong Kong

The Community Chest of Hong Kong recognises organisations and their employees for their generous contributions made towards the Corporate and Employee Contribution Programme. All donations received are passed on in full to the Chest’s member agencies to provide a wide spectrum of social services for various community groups and needs.

HKEX and its employees received the Bronze Award for their contributions in 2011/12.

HKEX also received the Promoter in Corporate Giving Award in recognition of its efforts made in providing a fundraising platform, Stock Code Balloting for Charity Scheme, for the corporate sector to support social welfare services in the Hong Kong community.

Corporate Governance Score-card 2012 Survey

The Hong Kong Institute of Directors and Hong Kong Baptist University

HKEX was named as one of the top 10 Hong Kong listed companies with best corporate governance practices.

Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index - Component Stock

SAM Indexes GmbH

The Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index and respective subsets track the performance of the top 20% of the 600 largest Australian, Hong Kong, Japanese, Korean, New Zealand, Singaporean and Taiwanese companies in the Dow Jones Global Total Stock Market Index that lead the field in terms of sustainability. The Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index was first calculated in January 2009.

HKEX has been included as a component stock in the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index since September 2010.

FTSE4Good Index Series - Constituent Company

FTSE International Limited

The FTSE4Good Index Series is designed to create a family of benchmark and tradable indices in response to the growing interest in socially responsible investment around the world.

HKEX has been recognised by the FTSE4Good Policy Committee as a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index Series since September 2005.

Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Index Series - Constituent Company

Hang Seng Indexes Company Limited

The Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Index Series, launched by Hang Seng Indexes Company Limited in July 2010, includes listed companies that have attained a high standard of performance in environmental, social and corporate governance aspects.

HKEX has been included as a constituent company in the Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Index Series since July 2010.

2nd Runner-up of Highest Service Hour Award 2011 (Private Organisations – Category 2)

Social Welfare Department, HKSAR Government

The 2012 Hong Kong Volunteer Award Presentation Ceremony was organised by the Social Welfare Department’s Steering Committee on Promotion of Volunteer Service to recognise the contribution of volunteers and to further promote voluntary services to the community.

HKEX was awarded the 2nd Runner-up of Highest Service Hour Award 2011 (Private Organisations – Category 2) for its contribution of over 2,600 service hours in 2011.

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Certification 2012/2013

Environmental Protection Department, HKSAR Government

The IAQ Certification Scheme launched by the HKSAR Government promotes the assessment of IAQ of premises/buildings and maintenance of IAQ at a certified level. A voluntary/self-regulatory certification approach is adopted for annual certification.

HKEX’s offices achieved the following certifications:

  • Excellent Class Certification for offices at Exchange Square and PCCW Tower

  • Good Class Certification for offices at HKEX Data Centre, Infinitus Plaza, One International Finance Centre, Worldwide House and Chinachem Exchange Square

RepuTex Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Rating of ‘AA’

RepuTex

RepuTex ESG Ratings run from ‘AAA’ (positive) to ‘D’ (at risk), based on the company’s overall ESG performance score. Ratings from ‘AA’ to ‘BB’ may be assigned a plus (+) or minus (-) sign to show relative standing within the rating bands.

HKEX has been assigned a RepuTex ESG Rating of ‘AA’ (Stable) which indicates very strong sustainability performance.

STOXX® Global ESG Leaders Indices – Component Stock

STOXX Limited

The STOXX® Global ESG Leaders Indices were launched in September 2011 to provide investors access to the most socially responsible companies across the globe, and help investors integrate ESG factors into their investment portfolios.

HKEX has been included as a component stock in the STOXX® Global ESG Leaders Indices since September 2011.

Volunteer Service 2011 - Gold Award

Social Welfare Department, HKSAR Government

Under the Volunteer Movement, a territory wide movement jointly launched by the Social Welfare Department, The Hong Kong Council of Social Service and various NGOs, awards are given to organisations in recognition of their contribution of volunteer service hours to the community.

HKEX received Gold Award for Volunteer Service for its contribution of over 2,600 service hours in 2011.

World Finance 2012 Exchanges & Brokers Awards

World Finance

The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited was voted the Best Sustainable Stock Exchange (Asia) in the 2012 Exchanges & Brokers Awards by the readers of World Finance.