ESG policy

Our commitment

Euroclear is committed to conducting responsible and sustainable business which is aligned with our purpose and the expectations of our stakeholders. Euroclear views Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) matters as part of the domains requiring consolidated oversight by Euroclear SA/NV (ESA) in its capacity as parent company. To ensure we adopt and maintain an effective approach that remains relevant and commensurate with our ambitions, and in accordance with the Group’s Risk Appetite, each Euroclear Company must be able to demonstrate the minimum requirements of the ESA Board as set out below. These minimum requirements capture our common principles on ESG issues across the environment, workplace, community, and governance pillars of the Group’s ESG strategy. 

Minimum requirements

This section of the policy sets out the minimum requirements that must be adhered to by each Euroclear Company, subject to the provisions of the Group Matters Protocol. Euroclear SA/NV (ESA) will support each Euroclear Company in their efforts to deliver the requirements set out in this document and some tasks under the policy can be outsourced to ESA under the Euroclear framework for intra-group outsourcing. In the latter case, an individual Euroclear Company must cooperate with Euroclear SA/NV in fulfilling the outsourced parts of the requirements, and the individual Euroclear Company retains overall responsibility for taking reasonable steps to ensure the requirements are met. The specific division of responsibilities between each Euroclear Company and ESA is outside of the scope of this policy but should be specified in policy handbooks and other documents as necessary. 


Our ambition with respect to the environment is to build a climate resilient business and support climate resilient financial markets through the management of climate risk. To reach this ambition, we have established principles to manage our environmental impact across four key issues: energy use and emissions, company-related travel, waste and resource use, and climate risk.

Training and awareness

We ensure there is an appropriate level of awareness of ESG matters among the members of the board, management, employees and contractors and additional specialised training for certain positions where necessary. We also document the initiatives adopted to raise the awareness of ESG matters (e.g., trainings, communications, campaigns) and ensure that the training programme is periodically re-evaluated and updated.

Oversight of this policy

Euroclear SA/NV’s Corporate Sustainability Office will:

  • monitor the adoption and implementation of this Group Policy across Euroclear Companies.
  • review this document every 2 years and report any review findings to Senior Management.
  • recommend amendments or additions, when appropriate. 

Legal basis

This ESG Group Policy is based on requirements set out, or expected to be set out, by:

  • EU legal framework:
    - Central Securities Depositories Regulation (CSDR)
    - EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD)
    - Proposal for an EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD)
  • Other ESG frameworks:
    - UN Global Compact Principles
    - GRI Principles
    - TCFD and TNFD Recommendations
    - SBTI Net Zero Standard
  • ESG-related international standards, norms and market good practice 

Read the ESG Group Policy