Update No. 64

Note to subscribers for the amendments to the rules governing the listing of securities on the GEM (the "GEM Listing Rules")

Update No. 64

December 2019

Dear Sirs,

Amendments to the GEM Listing Rules

We enclose reprinted pages of the GEM Listing Rules and filing instructions. The reprinted pages incorporate amendments to implement the proposals of the "Consultation Conclusions on Review of the Environmental, Social and Governance Reporting Guide and related Listing Rules" published on 18 December 2019.

Key changes to the GEM Listing Rules include:

    •    Introducing mandatory disclosure requirements to include:
‒    a board statement setting out the board’s consideration of ESG issues;
‒    application of Reporting Principles “materiality”, “quantitative” and “consistency”; and
‒    an explanation of reporting boundaries of ESG reports;
    •    Requiring disclosure of significant climate-related issues which have impacted and may impact the issuer;
    •    Amending the “Environmental” key performance indicators (KPIs) to require disclosure of relevant targets;
    •    Upgrading the disclosure obligation of all “Social” KPIs to “comply or explain”; and
    •    Shortening the deadline for publication of ESG reports to within five months after the financial year-end.

Coming into effect

The amendments will apply to issuers’ ESG reports for financial years commencing on or after 1 July 2020.

Please click HERE to see the amendments to the GEM Listing Rules.

Yours faithfully,
For and on behalf of
The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited


David Graham
Head of Listing