Nasdaq Announces Winners of Nasdaq Baltic Awards – Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius – January 31, 2019

Nasdaq today announced the winners of the Nasdaq Baltic Awards 2019, recognizing Nasdaq Baltic-listed companies for excellence in the areas of transparency, governance, and investors relations, as well as the most active and impactful stock exchange member. For the first time, other key stakeholders were also honored for their contributions to the sustainable growth of the Baltic capital markets.

The winners of the awards in six categories and one special recognition were announced via a live video-bridge during a biennial ceremony co-hosted by the Nasdaq Baltic stock exchanges and Nasdaq CSD in Tallinn, Riga, and Vilnius. To mark the occasion, Adena Friedman, the CEO of Nasdaq, invited the Nasdaq Baltic-listed companies LHV Group, MADARA Cosmetics, and Lietuvos Energija to ring the bell at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York.

“We congratulate the first biennial Nasdaq Baltic awardees. These shining examples of sound corporate governance, investor relations and generation of returns for shareholders set the bar high for all the companies on both the regulated and alternative First North markets. That is the way to build trust for sustainable investments and economic growth,” said Indars Aščuks, the Head of Baltic Markets at Nasdaq. “Thanks are due to all stakeholders for their impressive commitment to propelling investment culture and advancing the Baltics a market full of attractive opportunities.”

“The Nasdaq Baltic listed companies were assessed in terms of shareholder returns and trading activity, excellence in corporate governance and transparency, and how market participants and professional investors view them. Each of the three criteria groups is significant – furthermore, they complement each other well,” noted Geoffrey Mazullo, the Chairman of the Nasdaq Baltic Awards Committee, the Principal at Emerging Markets ESG. “A company that performs well according to all the criteria understands the importance of good governance and transparency – both in theory and in practice. And investors appreciate such a company’s efforts to keep them informed on an ongoing basis.”

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Emerging Markets ESG’s updated SRI contact database lists 156 new conferences/events, 69 new institutions, 12 new indices and one new award in second half of 2018 – January 30, 2019

Today, January 30, 2019 Emerging Markets ESG publishes the 27th edition of its Updated Database of Contacts in the Field of Socially Responsible Investment (SRI).  The database – with current information as of December 31, 2018 – lists 54 awards, 2,617 conferences/events, 323 indices and  2,090 organizations, divided among the following 12 categories: Academia (102 institutions); Companies – Listed Companies (512); Exchanges (46): Financial Institutions (432); Governmental Organizations (78); Media (98); Networks (173); Non-Governmental Organizations (291); Private-Public Partnerships (21); Professional and Trade Associations (105); Rating and Research (186); and Standard-Setting Organizations (47).

The most striking feature of the 27th edition of the database is the ongoing, dramatic increase in the number of conferences and events about SRI around the globe.  165 events were added to the database during the second half of 2018.  This continues the trend taking place over the past two years:  209 events were added during the first half of 2018, 149 events were added during the second half of 2017 and 199 events were added during the first half of 2017.  The updated database includes a variety of conferences, meetings, symposia and training programs about specific topics – such as climate finance, divestment (including divestment from firearms) and palm oil – as well as on broader issues such as ESG integration for financial institutions, ESG performance, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and sustainability reporting for listed companies.

Of the 2,617 conferences/events listed in the database, 737 took place in the US, 405 in the United Kingdom, 112 in Switzerland, 100 in Germany, 87 in France, 86 in the Netherlands, 85 in Canada, 54 in Australia, 39 in Belgium, 29 in South Africa, 26 in Singapore, 25 in China, 25 in Italy, 24 in Hong Kong, 21 in Spain, 21 in Sweden, 19 in Austria, 19 in United Arab Emirates, 18 in Brazil, 18 in India, 17 in Mexico, 15 in Japan, 15 in Kenya, 13 in Denmark and 10 in Luxembourg.  The distribution among these countries has remained consistent during the past decade.

The database lists 433 webinars, compared with 394 as of June 30, 2018; 351 as of December 31, 2017; 260 at year end 2016; 208 at year end 2015; 183 at year end 2014; 140 at year end 2013; and 89 webinars at year end 2012.

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