Corporate Sustainability

Nasdaq Leads the Way

Nasdaq has always been a believer in the virtues of sustainability. We were practicing corporate sustainability – in many different places and in many different ways – long before the term became so prevalent and fashionable. Efficiency and transparency formed the foundation of our brand 40 years ago, and they still drive our decision-making every day.

Key Highlights

  • Research and publication of a substantive new Corporate Sustainability report, following the GRI standard and content index. You can download a free PDF version of the NASDAQ OMX report here.
  • BWise (our enterprise governance, risk management, and compliance software tool) announced the inclusion of Sustainability Performance Management as part of its suite of products, making information gathering for sustainability reports a breeze. Bwise also organized, in conjunction with the Harvard Business School, an online training program for corporate executives that want to be at the forefront of Integrated Reporting.

  • Completion of the first substantive energy and water usage audit of all global facilities.

  • Significantly enhanced reporting to the Carbon Disclosure Project.

  • NASDAQ OMX was accepted into the United Nations Global Compact.

  • Through the Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative, Nasdaq entered into a historic agreement with other key exchanges to develop and promote sustainability guidelines.

  • Through the World Federation of Exchanges, Nasdaq promoted sustainability dialogue and consensus with other stock markets and exchanges. Nasdaq now chairs the first-ever Sustainability Working Group at the WFE.

  • Major infrastructure improvements, including an increasing number of LEED and other environmental certifications for our global offices.

  • Nasdaq Helsinki was the first exchange to receive a WWF Green Office diploma, and one of the first in the world to go carbon neutral. It continued to maintain its carbon neutral status for a 2nd year in a row.

  • Regular assistance of listed companies in ESG and CR matters, helping them better handle sustainability as an aspect of their own operation.

  • Key partnerships with advocacy groups, non-governmental organizations and economists in the last three years to better understand the interplay of sustainability metrics and market dynamics.

As we look ahead, we will continue to work with our customers, stakeholders, investors, and exchange peers to promote sustainable business practices.

Featured Events

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United Nations Global Compact

The United Nations Global Compact, the world's largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative, visited MarketSite. This follows a recent announcement by NASDAQ OMX and four other exchanges to promote long-term sustainable market investment as part of the Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative.

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Whole Foods CEO John Mackey

NASDAQ OMX and Inc. Business Owners Council hosted an event at the MarketSite featuring John Mackey, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Whole Foods. Mackey was interviewed about his new book Conscious Capitalism. Read More

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Habitat for Humanity at MarketSite

Since 1976, Habitat has helped rebuild the lives of more than 600,000 families by  constructing, rehabilitating or preserving their homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by improving global shelter conditions.