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Charters and Memberships

Updated: 19 Mar 2019

HKEX has voluntarily adopted, subscribed or endorsed a number of externally developed economic, environmental and social charters, principles, or other initiatives to promote sustainable development in the Marketplace, Workplace, Community and Environment. Details of the charters and initiatives are available on their respective websites.

Charters / Principles / External Initiatives HKEX’s participation

CDP (a non-governmental organisation formerly known as Carbon Disclosure Project)

HKEX has responded to the CDP’s annual information request since 2009.

Carbon Footprint Repository (CFR) for Listed Companies in Hong Kong

HKEX supported the launch of the Government’s online CFR for companies listed in Hong Kong in December 2014 and has since participated in the CFR to disclose its greenhouse gas emission data.

Carbon Reduction Charter

HKEX signed the charter in September 2008, and has since supported various carbon reduction activities as a green partner of Environmental Protection Department’s “Green Hong Kong – Carbon Audit” campaign.

Energy Saving Charter

HKEX signed the charter in June 2014 and has pledged to save energy by maintaining the average indoor temperature of its premises between 24oC to 26oC from June to September.

Food Wise Charter

HKEX signed the charter in March 2014 and has adopted measures to reduce food waste such as recycling food waste to compost as much as possible for gardening and arranging the quantity of food being served to canteen users on a need basis to avoid wastage.

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

HKEX has adopted GRI's Sustainability Reporting Guidelines or Standards for CSR reporting since 2009 to enhance disclosure and transparency.

Pledges in Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Principles

HKEX made pledges in gender equality and became a signatory of the Women’s Empowerment Principles, a partnership initiative of United Nations Women and United Nations Global Compact, in March 2019.

Talent-Wise Employment Charter and Inclusive Organisations Recognition Scheme

HKEX signed the charter in September 2013 and has adopted various measures to enhance the employment opportunities of persons with disabilities and create an inclusive workplace.

The World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC)

HKEX’s Investment Policy, Restrictions and Guidelines have incorporated the considerations of WHO FCTC by setting “tobacco and tobacco-related” as restricted industry since October 2013.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs)

HKEX has adopted various CSR initiatives in support of the UN SDGs.

World Federation of Exchanges Sustainability Principles

HKEX has adopted various initiatives, including promoting the culture of good corporate governance and ESG management among listed issuers and the development of green finance, seeking to promote the sustainable finance agenda.

As part of its business strategy, HKEX has participated in various national or international advocacy organisations by holding positions on their governance bodies, participating in projects or committees, or providing funding.

Organisation HKEX’s role and recent involvement

Alternative Investment Management Association


Asia Pacific Central Securities Depository Group (ACG)

Hong Kong Securities Clearing Company Limited (HKSCC), a wholly owned subsidiary of HKEX, is a founding member of ACG and plays an important role in facilitating the exchange of information and promoting mutual assistance among member securities depositories and clearing organisations in the Asia Pacific region.     

Asian and Oceanian Stock Exchanges Federation


HKEX plays an active role in facilitating the exchange of information and promoting mutual assistance among member exchanges, with a view to developing the securities markets in the Asian and Oceanian regions.

Association of Corporate Counsel Hong Kong Corporate Member 

Association of National Numbering Agencies


Center for Internet Security

End User Member

Data Protection Officers’ Club


Employers’ Federation of Hong Kong


Financial Reporting Council (FRC)

One of HKEX’s board members is a member of the FRC.

In 2018, HKEX made a contribution of HK$8.1 million to the FRC.

FIX Trading Community


Futures Industry Association

Associate Member

Hong Kong Green Finance Association


Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management

Corporate Member

Hong Kong Investor Relations Association

Corporate Member (Listed Company)

Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute (HKSI)

Corporate Member

HKEX’s representative is a board member of HKSI.

Intermarket Surveillance Group


International Capital Market Association


International Organization of Securities Commissions

Affiliate Member

International Securities Services Association


International Swaps and Derivatives Association

Associate Member

Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative

Partner Exchange

The Global Association of Central Counterparties (CCP12)


HKEX’s representative is a member and the Vice-Chairman of the executive committee of CCP12.

The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce


The Hong Kong Management Association

Corporate Member

HKEX’s representative was one of the Panel Adjudicators to review entries of annual reports for the 2018 Best Annual Report Awards.

Treasury Markets Association

Institutional Member

World Economic Forum

Strategic Partner Associate

World Federation of Exchanges (WFE)


HKEX's Chairman is a board member of WFE. To support WFE in broadening its communications, HKEX, on behalf of WFE, distributes WFE news releases in Hong Kong.