In line with the UAE Sustainable Development Goals 2030 and Dubai’s Strategic Plan 2021, the Dubai Financial Market (DFM) and the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) today launched the “Dubai Sustainable Finance Working Group”, with Hawkamah Institute as one of its founding members.
His Excellency Essa Kazim, Governor of the DIFC and Chairman of the DFM inaugurated the Group in the presence of His Excellency Saeed Mohamed Al Tayer, Managing Director & CEO of Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), Abdulfattah Sharaf, CEO of HSBC UAE, Mohamed Al Muallem, CEO & Managing Director of DP World, and senior representatives of the Working Group members.
In addition to the DFM, DIFC and Hawkamah, the other founding members of the Group are; Nasdaq Dubai, DEWA, the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre, Aramex, DP World, HSBC, EmiratesNBD, Dubai Islamic Bank and Société Générale.
The multi-stakeholder Group held its first meeting at the DFM premises to discuss the action plan that will focus on combining Dubai’s finance sector’s initiatives to create a sustainable financial hub in the region, particularly in the areas of Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) integration, cultivating sustainable companies and green financial instruments, and encouraging responsible investing.
Commenting on this initiative, His Excellency Essa Kazim, Governor of the DIFC and Chairman of the DFM said: “As we share the common goal of building a strong and sustainable financial services sector in Dubai, the Group brings together representatives of leading banks, financial institutions, as well as public and private companies in Dubai in order to orchestrate efforts to embed ESG into the financial services sector and transform Dubai into the most sustainable financial hub in the region. We are proud to launch this initiative that underlines the constant commitment of both DFM and DIFC to work collectively with various stakeholders to further attract investments to Dubai and reinforce its position as a leading financial hub and global Islamic finance capital. Various aspects of sustainability are amongst the main objectives of Islamic Sharia and combined have the potential to provide a blueprint for a sustainable global economy”.
The initiative draws strong support from the founding members
The Group has been widely welcomed by the founding members as senior representatives of the institutions expressed their strong support to this significant initiative as part of the efforts to further strengthen the sustainability of the financial sector in Dubai.
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), commented: “In line with the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to adopt green economy strategies for economic, social and environmental development, we are delighted to be part of the Dubai Sustainable Finance Working Group. This aligns very well with our vision to become a globally leading sustainable innovative corporation. Together, we intend to transform Dubai into a global centre for clean energy and green economy, through our sustainable initiatives, projects and programmes, notably the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.”
Abdulfattah Sharaf, Group General Manager and Chief Executive Officer UAE, HSBC Bank Middle East Limited, commented: “Sustainable finance is at the heart of the region’s ambitious economic transformation agenda and HSBC is proud to support that ambition for its customers and through the Dubai Sustainable Finance Working Group.
Dr. Adnan Chilwan, Group Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB), commented: “Responsible investing with sustainability in mind has been effectively driving DIB’s growth strategy historically. We congratulate DFM on launching this key initiative and remain committed to Dubai’s sustainable development ambitions.”
Fahad Al Qassim, Chief Executive Officer, Emirates NBD Capital, commented: “Emirates NBD Capital is proud to support the Dubai Sustainable Finance Working Group in its important mission of embedding environmental, social and governance best practices into the financial services sector. Aligned with the sustainability strategy of Emirates NBD Group, we remain committed to helping Dubai achieve its vision of establishing itself as a sustainable financial hub in the region.”
Dr Ashraf Gamal ElDin, Chief Executive Officer, Hawkamah, The Institute for Corporate Governance, commented: An important initiative reflecting the strategic direction of the UAE to attract responsible investors and confirms the pioneering role of the UAE in promoting sustainability.
Hamed Ali, Chief Executive of Nasdaq Dubai, said: “As an established venue for green Sukuk listings, with issuers including the Indonesian government and Majid Al Futtaim, Nasdaq Dubai looks forward to further promoting the green and sustainable capital markets sector. The Dubai Sustainable Finance Working Group is an excellent launch pad for new initiatives and activities.”
Raji Hattar, Chief Sustainability Officer at Aramex, commented: "We are proud to be part of this great initiative and to share our expertise in Sustainability, to support the UAE’s Sustainable Development Goals 2030 and Dubai’s Strategic Plan 2021.”
The Dubai Sustainable Finance Working Group will convene periodically to address key developments and discuss potential initiatives to promote best practices of Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) in the financial sector. The Group’s workplan will focus on four key pillars including; responsible business operations, responsible investing, growing sustainable finance and diversity and inclusion.