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.
Hong Kong Investor Relations Association IR Pledge Program HKEX made pledges in 2021, demonstrating its commitment to investor relations best practices and guidelines.
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.


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. 

HKEX’s role and recent involvement
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.
Asian and Oceanian Stock Exchanges Federation


Association of Corporate Counsel Hong Kong Corporate Member
Association of National Numbering Agencies
Center for Internet Security
End User Member 
City Mental Health Alliance Hong Kong
Employers’ Federation of Hong Kong 
FIX Trading Community
Futures Industry Association
Associate Member 
Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero and its Net Zero Financial Service Providers Alliance Signatory
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. 

Institute of Big Data Governance Founding Corporate Member
Intermarket Surveillance Group
International Capital Market Association Member
International Facility Management Association (Hong Kong Chapter) Corporate Partner
International Organization of Securities Commissions
Affiliate Member
International Securities Services Association Member
International Swaps and Derivatives Association 
Associate Member
Software & Information Industry Association's Financial Information Services Division 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)


HKEX’s representative is a member of the executive committee of CCP12.

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


HKEX's Chairman is a board member of WFE.