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UN Global Compact, UN Women and the Sustainable Stock Exchange Initiative to Ring the Nasdaq Stock Market Opening Bell in Celebration of International Women’s Day

ADVISORY, Mar. 06, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

What:

UN Global Compact, UN Women and the Sustainable Stock Exchange Initiative will visit the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square in celebration of International Women’s Day (8 March). The occasion will raise awareness of the importance of women’s economic empowerment and call for businesses to endorse and implement the Women’s Empowerment Principles (www.WEPrinciples.org). The event coincides with the 59th UN Commission on the Status of Women (http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/csw) which will review global implementation of the historic Beijing Platform for Action, and take stock of where women’s rights stand in the world today.

In honor of the occasion, Cathy Engelbert, CEO-elect, Deloitte LLP will ring the Opening Bell. Deloitte was one of the first companies to sign the CEO Statement of Support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles in 2010. To date, nearly 900 CEOs have signed.

The Nasdaq bell ringing will conclude a series of events that took place at stock exchanges around the world to ring the bell for gender equality. Other participating stock exchanges include: the Bombay Stock Exchange, Borsa Istanbul, Egyptian Exchange, Nasdaq, Nigerian Stock Exchange, OMX Stockholm (part of Nasdaq group) and Warsaw Stock Exchange.

Where:

Nasdaq MarketSite – 4 Times Square – 43rd & Broadway – Broadcast Studio

When:

Monday, March 9, 2015 – 9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. ET

UN Global Compact Media Contact:
Kristina Wilson-Rocheford
kwilson@unglobalcompact.org

UN Women
Oisika Chakrabarti
oisika.chakrabarti@unwomen.org

Nasdaq MarketSite:
Christine Barna
(646) 441-5310
Christine.Barna@nasdaq.com

Feed Information:

Fiber Line (Encompass Waterfront): 4463

Gal 3C/06C 95.05 degrees West
18 mhz Lower
DL 3811 Vertical
FEC 3/4
SR 13.235
DR 18.295411
MOD 4:2:0
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Webcast:

A webcast of the Nasdaq Opening Bell will be available at: https://new.livestream.com/nasdaq/live or http://www.nasdaq.com/about/marketsitetowervideo.asx.

Photos:

To obtain a hi-resolution photograph of the Market Open, please go to http://www.nasdaq.com/reference/marketsite_events.stm and click on the market open of your choice.

About the Women’s Empowerment Principles

The Women's Empowerment Principles – Equality Means Business is a joint initiative of UN Women (http://www.unwomen.org) and the UN Global Compact (https://www.unglobalcompact.org). The Principles outline seven steps for business on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. The Principles highlight that empowering women to participate fully in economic life across all sectors and throughout all levels of economic activity is essential to build strong economies; establish more stable and just societies; achieve internationally agreed goals for development, sustainability, and human rights; improve quality of life for women, men, families and communities; and propel business' operations and goals. Learn more at www.weprinciples.org.

About the United Nations Global Compact

The United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to voluntarily align their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and to take action in support of UN goals and issues. The UN Global Compact is a leadership platform for the development, implementation and disclosure of responsible corporate policies and practices. Launched in 2000, it is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world, with over 8,000 companies and 4,000 non-business signatories based in 160 countries. www.unglobalcompact.org.

About UN Women

UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to implement these standards. It stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on five priority areas: increasing women’s leadership and participation; ending violence against women; engaging women in all aspects of peace and security processes; enhancing women’s economic empowerment; and making gender equality central to national development planning and budgeting. UN Women also coordinates and promotes the UN system’s work in advancing gender equality.

About the Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative

The Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative is a peer-to-peer learning platform for exploring how exchanges, in collaboration with investors, regulators, and companies, can enhance corporate transparency – and ultimately performance – on ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance) issues and encourage sustainable investment. The SSE initiative is co-convened by four organisations – the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), United Nations Global Compact and UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). The SSE initiative invites exchanges globally to become a Partner Stock Exchange within the SSE by making a voluntary public commitment to promote improved ESG transparency and performance among listed companies. Currently, the SSE welcomes 18 exchanges globally as Partner Exchanges. In addition, the SSE welcomes participation from securities regulators, investors, companies and other key stakeholders to engage with the initiative. To learn more, visit www.sseinitiative.org

About Nasdaq:

Nasdaq (Nasdaq:NDAQ) is a leading provider of trading, clearing, exchange technology, listing, information and public company services across six continents. Through its diverse portfolio of solutions, Nasdaq enables customers to plan, optimize and execute their business vision with confidence, using proven technologies that provide transparency and insight for navigating today's global capital markets. As the creator of the world's first electronic stock market, its technology powers more than 70 marketplaces in 50 countries, and 1 in 10 of the world's securities transactions. Nasdaq is home to more than 3,500 listed companies with a market value of over $9.1 trillion and more than 10,000 corporate clients. To learn more, visit www.nasdaq.com/ambition or www.business.nasdaq.com.

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