• SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT
    • Environmental, Social, and Governance
     Environmental, Social, and Governance
    MSX is a key driver in the Omani economy leading the financial community to achieve sustainable investment. Oman and the world face tremendous challenges concerning the environment, social justice, human rights, inclusivity and diversity. Therefore, understanding its role to promote sustainable development in Oman, in the year 2022 MSX became a partner exchange adopting the UN Sustainable Stock Exchange “SSE” Initiatives, influencing the growth of sustainable and inclusive financial culture through ESG best practices.

    MSX partnership with UN SSE is in line with Oman 2040 Vision to achieve a sustainable economy that is market resilient.

    The UN SSE initiative was introduced to promote corporate sustainability and inclusivity through the advancement of ESG practices, and also to set a sustainable investments trend aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals “SDGs”. SDGs call for:

    Being a member state Oman Vision 2040 has incorporates SDG’s into development strategies across the board. MSX follows suite through set ESG initiate.


    ESG is a set of socially and environmentally responsible standards that are adopted by institutions to encourage sustainable and socially responsible practices.  Globally, there is a shift in Investors’ behavior where they assess investments considering non-financial factors.  ESG stands for Environmental, Social & Governance, a 3-way compliance ensuring sustainable development of business.

    These three elements are the key factors for investors to measure the sustainability and societal impact of the companies’ activities.

    MSX identifies its market components conduct to be in line with the following;

     

    Environmental

    The responsible dealing with environment to avoid depletion or degradation of natural resources and the preservation of environment on the long run. This demonstrates the company’s activities effects on the environment i.e. energy use, carbon footprint, waste and pollution, consumption of depleting natural resources, clean energy initiatives, recycling,  and other initiatives to adopt more green and sustainable activities i.e. Net zero initiatives, changing to renewable energy, etc.

    Social

    The responsible social activities by the company to protect the social welfare of employees, workers, suppliers, and the community it operates and thrives in. This includes diversity and inclusivity practices that align with the universal human rights standards, and principles of fair trading and ethical financial practices , in addition to the company’s contributions to developing the local communities, these include practices such as Health/Safety & Wellness, Working conditions, Employee Benefits, Diversity and Inclusion, Human Rights, local community impact. Etc.

    Governance

    This refers to the mechanisms and process by which the company is managed (the structure and the composition of the company’s board of directors’ members and their independence, and the legality of its activities) this is assessed to view the alignment of leaderships’ vision to stakeholders, and to assess the transparency, accountability, and legality of the company.

    MSX strives to provide an ecosystem for ethical business practices by introducing a sustainable investment team that is dedicated to monitoring ESG practices of MSX, and support the listed companies to disclose their ESG practices and initiatives by provision of a multilateral governance framework, that includes ancillary reports, guidelines, and projects to prepare the local listed companies for the global shift towards compulsory ESG disclosures around sustainable investment development.

    1- Green initiatives, environment friendly initiatives. These include;

    ü  Reducing the use of single-use plastic bottles, and eliminating them completely by the end of 2023.

    ü  Reducing the use and waste of paper through digitizing all documents and centralized and controlled printing services.

    ü  Awareness campaigns to encourage recycling and adopt “environment- friendly” practices. 

    ü  Efficient use of energy through reducing consumption and shifting to smarter systems.

    ü  Switching to clean/ alternative energy to operate MSX facilities.

    ü  Managing waste and introducing recycling initiatives.

    ü  Reducing the use and consumption of water through installing dynamic systems that work by sensors.

    2-Ethical investment, diversity, employee wellness.

    ü  Implementing gender inclusive and diverse policies and practices by providing equal opportunities and equal pay

    ü  Eliminating any gender discriminatory practices, such as gender specifications (f/m) in job postings.

    ü  Increasing employee turnover, through internal job postings /promotions \

    ü  Enforcing modern HSE practices and increasing employee wellness by procuring special offers and discounts.

    ü  Investing in staff development and training.

    ü  Engaging with the local investor community regularly through workshops, seminars, and conferences to keep up transparent flow of information.

    ü  Supporting local business to provide ethically sourced products and services.

    ü  Introducing graduate training programs to provider paid internships to local fresh graduates.

    3-Corporate Governance practices.  

    ü  Maintaining the separation between CEO and Chairman’s functions.

    ü  Maintaining a non-executive board of directors.

    ü  Ensuring complete compliance with applicable laws and regulations and shareholder guidelines and regulations.

     

    MSX realizes its pivotal role to create a sustainable financial culture, this is achieved through issuing a “Tailor-made” ESG Disclosure Guidelines to match the needs of the local listed companies.  These Guidelines will be updated regularly to meet the developing nature of the Omani Capital Market.

    ESG Disclosure Guidance for Listed Companies

     

    MSX announced its UN SSE Inititaive on the 20th of Dcember 2022

    In line with MoU signing Ceremony with its Local ESG & Sustianability Partners;

     

    Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion, Oman

     

    Minitsry of Social Development,

     

    Oman Environment Authority, Oman

     

    Contact us: SI@msx.om

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