Middle East SIF – The Middle East Sustainable Investment Forum
The Middle East Sustainable Investment Forum - Middle East SIF - aims to promote the responsible investment movement across the Middle East.
The integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) concerns into financial analysis and investment decision-making.
Middle East SIF convenes a movement among forward-thinkers to work together, share experiences, and drive the integration of sustainability into financial markets across the Middle East. This initiative is a major contribution to regional national visions and transformation plans that aim to promote sound financial systems and achieve a balance between economic and social development. Middle East SIF aims to promote socially responsible investment by leveraging the following mechanisms:
Middle East SIF aims to achieve the following targets by 2020:
ESG Integration: 50% of regionally-domiciled assets under management will incorporate ESG considerations.
ESG Disclosure: 50% of the regional listed issuers will publicly disclose material ESG issues.
ESG Policy: 50% of the regional stock exchanges will issue voluntary ESG disclosure requirements for the listed issuers.
ESG Research: 50% of the top 50 regional academic institutions will incorporate ESG in their curriculum.
"Qatar Stock Exchange strongly supports the ambitions of the Middle East SIF and believe that by joining this forum, we will be better equipped to promote the sustainability agenda among our investors, listed companies and the business community within the State of Qatar and thus contribute to the realisation of the National Vision”
"Sustainability Excellence has been pioneering the uptake of sustainability in the Middle East since 2007. We have created the Middle East SIF to promote widespread adoption of socially responsible investment (SRI) practices and encouraging the integration of sustainability into financial markets."