ESG at CME Group
At CME Group, we recognize that we operate in a dynamic world. As a company that helps our clients manage risk and identify opportunities, we have developed a strategic framework that includes Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) policies, goals and reporting to help manage our own company’s risks and opportunities.
We invest in our team members through training, continuous development, and fostering a culture of inclusion and innovation.
As investors seek products and services to help manage risk that incorporate sustainability and ESG considerations, we continue to innovate to meet the needs of our global client base.
We are deeply connected to, engaged with and invested in our communities through the CME Group Foundation and our Corporate Giving Program.
Everything we do is based in strong governance practices and our culture of compliance, ethics, and accountability.
At CME Group, we strive for excellence in all we do, and our efforts to improve never end. The same goes for our progress towards our ESG goals.
As a global corporate citizen, we have responsibilities to our stakeholders. We aspire to transform the industry while always adhering to our values. Ultimately, it’s about earning and strengthening our stakeholders’ trust and making a positive difference.
We hope you will read our annual ESG Report to learn more about our priorities, performance and focus for the future. Within the report you will also find disclosures in accordance with the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and EE0-1.
Explore Sustainable Solutions at CME Group
Our contracts are designed to help global clients manage price risk in today’s marketplaces as they develop new technologies and other initiatives to move their industries towards alternative sources of cleaner energy, sustainable agriculture, and more.
CME Group Foundation Scholar Program
CME Group Foundation awards higher education scholarships to rising Black and Latinx students majoring in finance, technology and related fields at 11 partner colleges and universities in Illinois.
In 2022, our employees were able to resume volunteering in-person at company sponsored events following the COVID-19 pandemic. Some examples of our global colleagues re-engaging with their local communities include:
- Chicago: Employees spent afternoons sorting food donations for Nourishing Hope, an organization focused on eliminating hunger and poverty in Chicago, and packing hygiene kits for The Night Ministry, an organization whose mission is to provide human connection, housing support and health care to unhoused community members across Chicago.
- London: Employees visited the Newham University Hospital Rainbow Centre and converted the hospital play area into a Winter Wonderland for children who were too sick to be home for the holidays. Gifts for the children were also generously donated by CME Group employees.
- Singapore: Employees partnered with SPD, an organization that provides therapy and various support offerings to those living with physical, sensory and learning disabilities. The group took elderly clients of SPD, many of whom require wheelchairs due to mild or moderate impairments, to the S.E.A. Aquarium and to a local restaurant for lunch.
Our employees have propelled us to unparalleled success in our industry and are our most valuable asset. At CME Group, we work vigilantly to provide a rich employee experience that supports our people throughout their career journeys, and we focus on creating an environment where they feel fulfillment and satisfaction at the company and in their roles.
Innovation has always been a driving force for CME Group. As financial and commodity markets evolve, and investors seek products and services to help manage risk that increasingly incorporates sustainability and ESG considerations, we continue to innovate to meet these emerging needs and the diverse business goals of our global client base.
In 2022, trading in our carbon offset products surpassed more than 200,000 contracts traded (equivalent to 200 million metric tons of CO2). We launched three new voluntary carbon offset contracts: CBL Core Global Emissions Offset (C-GEO) futures, CBL Global Emissions Offset Trailing (C-GEO-TR) futures and CBL Nature-Based Global Emissions Offset Trailing (N-GEO-TR) futures.
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We are committed to making a positive impact on the communities in which our team members live and work by contributing to a number of charitable organizations through both the CME Group Foundation and the CME Group Corporate Giving Program.
At CME Group, we are guided by a set of values that define how we do business, serve our clients and conduct ourselves every day. By aligning our governance approach with best practices, we are able to strengthen board and management accountability, promote long-term shareholder value and sustain continued success. We are proud of the trust we have built with our clients, employees, regulators and shareholders globally.
Our Board of Directors oversees and advances our core business principles and continues to focus on the issues that matter most to our company, our clients, our employees and our other stakeholders.