Johannesburg, 19 November 2020: Two Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) employees won prestigious awards at the Institute of Risk Management South Africa (IRMSA) annual awards at its virtual gala event this past weekend. Nicola Comninos, the JSE’s Group Chief Risk Officer won the coveted Risk Manager of the Year award, and Shameela Soobramoney, the JSE’s Chief Sustainability Officer took home the inaugural ESG Sustainability Professional award.
The awards recognise South Africa’s top professionals who have made a significant contribution to taking the risk management industry, across public and private sectors, to the next level of risk maturity.
Nicola Comninos, the JSE’s Group Chief Risk Officer who has been heading up Group Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) at the JSE for the last 18 months had this to say about her award, “It is a great privilege to be awarded and recognised by my industry peers. This award affirms to me that with the right level of support from industry peers, top class executives around the JSE Exco table, an excellent JSE Group ERM team, as well as dedicated risk and resilience champions across the JSE, I have been enabled to build an even more resilient and sustainable JSE, even during unprecedented times as we faced a global pandemic and transitioned to a ‘new normal’ in 2020.”
IRMSA recoginsed the importance of running sustainable organisations aware of environmental, societal and governance risks, and has aptly added the ESG Sustainability Professional and ESG Corporate awards to its ambit of awards in 2020.
“I am humbled and honored to be recognised in this way within a field of respected professionals working hard to integrate sustainability into corporate strategies”, says Shameela Soobramoney, Chief Sustainability Officer at the JSE. “The JSE considers sustainability to be crucial in creating resilient markets by bringing it to the core of good governance, mitigating risks and realising opportunities. We see clear evidence that better sustainability practices can drive better business and investment outcomes even in times of crisis from the outperformance of FTSE/JSE Responsible Investment Top 30 Index against the market benchmark indices. I look forward to seeing the rapid integration of sustainability into all business practices as we work to create a future we want to live in.”
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