BSE gets SEBI's approval to set up a separate social stock exchange

In July, SEBI notified rules for Social Stock Exchange (SSE) to provide social enterprises with an additional avenue to raise funds

BS Web TeamAgencies New Delhi
3 min read Last Updated : Oct 07 2022 | 10:39 PM IST
BSE on Friday received approval from the Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to set up a social stock exchange (SSE) as a separate segment of the BSE. 

"This is to inform that, SEBI has granted its in-principle approval to BSE for introducing SSE as a separate Segment on BSE," the notification by BSE read.

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In July, SEBI notified rules for Social Stock Exchange (SSE) to provide social enterprises with an additional avenue to raise funds. 

In its circular, the regulator had specified minimum requirements to be met by a non-profit organisation (NPO) for registration with SSE, disclosure requirements for NPOs raising funds through the issuance of zero-coupon zero principal instruments and put in place annual disclosure requirements that need to be made by NPOs on such exchanges.

The listed NPO will have to submit a statement of the utilisation of funds to SSE, as mandated under Sebi's rules, within 45 days from the end of the quarter.

Also, SEBI has asked social enterprises raising funds using SSE to disclose the Annual Impact Report (AIR) within 90 days from the end of the financial year, capturing the qualitative and quantitative aspects of the social impact generated by the entity and, where applicable. This impact is generated by the project or solution for which funds have been raised on SSE.

Social enterprises eligible to participate in the SSE will be NPOs and for-profit social enterprises having social intent and impact as their primary goal.

Also, such an intent should be demonstrated through its focus on eligible social objectives for the underserved or less privileged populations or regions.

The social enterprises will have to engage in a social activity out of 16 broad activities listed by the regulator. The eligible activities include eradicating hunger, poverty, malnutrition and inequality; promoting healthcare, supporting education, employability and livelihoods; gender equality empowerment of women and LGBTQIA+ communities; and supporting social enterprise incubators.

Corporate foundations, political or religious organisations or activities, professional or trade associations, and infrastructure and housing companies, except affordable housing, will not be eligible to be identified as a social enterprise.

In addition, NPOs need to disclose financial statements for the last three financial years, details of past social impact and risks they see to their work and how it proposes to mitigate these.

In respect of annual disclosure by NPOs on SSE which have either raised funds through SSE or are registered with SSE, Sebi said that such NPOs would have to disclose details of the top five donors or investors in terms of budget, the scale of operations, including employee and volunteer strength, governance structure, financial statement, programme-wise fund utilisation for the year and auditors report and auditor details.

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First Published: Oct 07 2022 | 4:19 PM IST

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