Published 19 Feb 2024
Posted by khashanem

On Thursday, 22 February, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) will host a market close ceremony in association with the Jane Goodall Institute South Africa (JGISA) to honour the legacy of UN Messenger of Peace and founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, Dr Jane Goodall, DBE. This event forms part of Dr Goodall’s worldwide celebrations marking her upcoming 90th birthday and her remarkable contributions to shaping the global sustainability movement.

The JSE recognises the significance of Dr Goodall’s work and is honoured to work with the JGISA in commemorating this occasion. The market close ceremony will not only serve as a platform to celebrate Dr Goodall's tireless dedication to environmental advocacy and her extraordinary impact on global conservation efforts but will also be a vehicle to unpack how sustainable financing can address some of the world’s biggest issues.

Loshni Naidoo, Chief Sustainability Officer at the JSE, expressed the exchange's pride in hosting this event, stating, "Dr Jane Goodall's groundbreaking work and lifelong commitment to conservation serves as an inspiration to us all. We are honoured to play a role in celebrating her remarkable achievements and spreading her message of hope through action”.

Dr Jane Goodall's groundbreaking research on wild chimpanzees, initiated at the age of 26 in Gombe, Tanzania, revolutionized our understanding of the natural world. Through her tireless efforts and the establishment of the Jane Goodall Institute in 1977, she has inspired millions globally to champion conservation and foster sustainable practices.

The JSE has long championed sustainability and is proud to have been pioneers in this field. The bourse’s sustainability segment, which houses a range of debt instruments aimed at various ESG objectives, boasts more than 70 sustainability bonds listed and a total issued amount in excess of R40-billion. In 2022, the exchange launched its Sustainability and Climate Disclosure Guidance to promote transparency and good governance and guide listed companies on best practice in environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosure.

Evelyn Deiner, Chairperson of the Jane Goodall Institute South Africa, highlighted the importance of partnerships in advancing their mission, stating, "We are delighted to collaborate with the JSE in honouring Dr Jane Goodall's legacy. Together, we can amplify her message and inspire collective action towards a more sustainable future."

Dr Goodall continues to be a beacon of hope, advocating for community-led conservation initiatives through JGI's "Tacare" approach, empowering young leaders through the "Roots & Shoots" programme, and spearheading the "Jane's Green Hope" campaign to combat climate change and protect biodiversity.


About the JSE

The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) has a well-established history of operating as a marketplace for trading financial products. It is a pioneering, globally connected exchange group that enables inclusive economic growth through trusted, world-class, socially responsible products, and services for the investor of the future. It offers secure and efficient primary and secondary capital markets across a diverse range of securities, spanning equities, derivatives, and debt markets. It prides itself on being the market of choice for local and international investors looking to gain exposure to leading capital markets on the African continent.

The JSE is currently ranked in the Top 20 largest stock exchanges in the world by market capitalisation, and is the largest stock exchange in Africa, having been in operation for 136 years. As a leading global exchange, the JSE co-creates unlocks value & makes real connections happen.

About the Jane Goodall Institute

The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) is a global, community-led conservation organization founded in 1977 that advances the vision and work of Dr. Jane Goodall in 25 chapters around the world. It aims to understand and protect chimpanzees, other apes and their habitats, and empower people to be compassionate citizens in order to inspire conservation of the natural world we all share. JGI uses research, community-led conservation, best-in-class animal welfare standards, and the innovative use of science and technology to inspire hope and transform it into action for the common good. Through it’s Roots & Shoots program for young people of all ages, now active in over 65 countries around the world, JGI is creating a compassionate movement that will help to create a better world for people, animals, and our shared environment. 

The Jane Goodall Institute South Africa, established in 1998, is one of the 25 international chapters, and plays a vital role in that it is responsible for one of the two JGI African sanctuaries – the Jane Goodall Institute SA - Chimp Eden Sanctuary, caring for 33 rescued chimpanzees in the Nelspruit area.  It also has Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots initiative with established active youth groups in five provinces consisting over 4000 youth members engaged in programs and initiatives that better the lives of animals , people and the environment.

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