Sustainability and ESG


Climate change, pollution, natural resource depletion, social justice, human rights, biodiversity, gender and racial equality, shareholders rights. These are some of the issues currently facing our world, some of which threaten our survival and the future direction of our planet.


In 2015, the United Nations member states adopted the 2030 agenda for sustainable development, which has at its heart the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. The SDGs have been developed based on decades of work, commencing with the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.


Amongst other things, the SDGs call for action to:

  • End poverty and hunger
  • Provide better standards of education and healthcare
  • Achieve gender equality
  • Provide sustainable economic growth while promoting jobs and stronger economies
  • Tackle climate change, pollution and other environmental factors that harm the environment and people's lives
  • Preserve the health of the land, air and sea

Qatar is a signatory to the 2015 Paris Agreement and its commitments detailed in the Nationally Determined Contributions.

The four pillars of the Qatar National Vision 2030 are aimed at promoting sustainable development, to guide the transformation of Qatar into an advanced country, capable of sustaining its own development, whilst protecting the environment, and providing for a high standard of living for its people for generations to come.

To support the implementation of the QNV, the State of Qatar has unveiled the National Environment and Climate Change Strategy (QNE), the National Climate Change Action Plan 2030 (NCCAP), and the revised Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). The QNE identifies greenhouse gas emissions and air quality, biodiversity, water, circular economy and waste management, and land use as key priority areas with corresponding goals and initiatives. The NCCAP consolidates Qatar’s climate actions, covering both mitigation and adaptation, under a cohesive framework. Furthermore, Qatar’s revised NDC sets a 25% emissions reduction by 2030 while emphasizing economic diversification with mitigation and adaptation co-benefits.


This threat of climate change raises the urgency of climate transition, and the key role of global financial markets to align investment with socially responsible objectives. Financial markets and climate transition focuses on the growing contribution financial markets play in progressing an orderly transition to low-carbon economies.


The OECD notes that in concert with the need to reach the objectives of the Paris Agreement and the SDGs, there has been a significant growth in investors’ use of ESG approaches, including the incorporation of climate transition factors. In turn, ESG investing has become a leading form of sustainable finance for long-term value and alignment with societal values.

Qatar Stock Exchange, as an economically significant entity within the capital markets environment of the State of Qatar, has a vital role to fulfil in realising the Qatar National Vision and promoting the global sustainability agenda.