China Green Finance Task Force Report: Stock Index

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Authors: Green Finance Task Force   

Published By: UNEP Inquiry    Research Bureau of the People's Bank of China   

Date: Apr 2015

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China Green Finance Task Force Report: Stock Index

Traditional energy and other highly polluting industries account for a significant share of China’s major stock indices, meaning that passive investments based on stock indices encourage investment polluting industries. Creating green stock indices (stock indices with a significant share of green enterprises) is an international practice to increase the share of green investment by institutional investors. China is still in an embryonic stage of creating and promoting green and sustainability indices. This paper recommends China should:

  • Draw on international models experience to develop  green and sustainability stock indices
  • Improve the environmental and sustainability information disclosure of listed companies and encourage non-profit research institutions and third-party agencies to rate the sustainability performance of enterprises.
  • Vigorously promote the application of green indices among institutional investors
  • Encourage asset management institutions to develop more targeted and diversified green and sustainable investment products such as a green industry theme funds
[NB: This paper is one chapter of the broader report “Establishing China’s Green Financial System” developed by the China Green Finance Task Force, which was convened by the Research Bureau of the People’s Bank of China together with the UNEP Inquiry].

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