The Divisional Head, Capital Markets at Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX), Jude Chiemeka, has listed the importance of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) compliance and the democratisation of data in attracting investments and enhancing stock liquidity in the Nigerian capital market.
Chiemeka disclosed this in Lagos on Friday during a panel session titled “ESG and Sustainable Finance; The Future of Investments,” which was jointly organised by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Centre for Sustainability
While noting that NGX is a member of the Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative, Chiemeka said the Exchange’s strong focus on technology facilitates investor access to essential data. According to him, seamless access to various products in the capital market is crucial, especially for retail investors.
Chiemeka urged investors to consider companies that are ESG-compliant and provide transparent and high-quality disclosures.
He stressed the significant correlation between ESG disclosures and corporate performance.
Speaking further, he said, “Companies on the Exchange that demonstrate strong ESG compliance often gain access to more capital, attract a broader investor base, and can even raise capital from foreign markets.
“The NGX Premium Board features companies that adhere to international best practices on corporate governance and meet NGX’s highest standards of capitalisation and liquidity.
“Compliance is not only a matter of prestige but also an indicator of sustainable growth, making these companies more appealing to both international and domestic investors.”