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As part of our approach to engage our stakeholders, the Group has voluntarily adopted, subscribed or endorsed a number of externally developed economic, environmental and social charters, principles, or other initiatives to promote various sustainability agenda. Details of the charters and initiatives are available on their respective websites.

Charters / Principles / External Initiatives HKEX’s participation
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.
 Financial Literacy Charter
HKEX signed the charter in June 2019 and declared to support the Investor and Financial Education Council’s Financial Literacy Strategy 2019 to encourage informed and responsible money management practices, promoting financial education in Hong Kong.
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 arrangingthe quantity of food being served to canteen users on a need basis to avoid wastage. 
Green Investment Principles for the Belt and Road
HKEX signed up to the Green Investment Principles for the Belt and Road in April 2019 to promote the development of sustainable finance in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area.
Racial Diversity and Inclusion Charter for Employers
HKEX signed the charter in June 2019 to encourage best practices improving diversity and inclusion within workplaces in Hong Kong. 
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.
United Nations 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. 
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.

Membership

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
Member
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

Member

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
Member
 
Center for Internet Security
End User Member 
Data Protection Officers’ Club
Member
Employers’ Federation of Hong Kong 
Member
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
Member
Futures Industry Association
Associate Member 
Hong Kong Green Finance Association 
Member
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
Member 
International Capital Market Association Member
International Organization of Securities Commissions
Affiliate Member
International Securities Services Association Member
International Swaps and Derivatives Association 
Associate Member
Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative
Partner Exchange and Official Supporter
Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures  
Supporting Organisation
 
The Global Association of Central Counterparties (CCP12)

Member

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

The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce Member
The Hong Kong Management Association Corporate Member
Treasury Markets Association
Institutional Member
World Economic Forum
Strategic Partner
World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) 

Member

HKEX's Chairman is a board member of WFE.