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SET Joins Hands With MSCI To Promote Sustainable Investment

Date 21/01/2019

The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) has joined MSCI Inc. in organizing “Thailand Sustainable Investment” - an exclusive seminar for executives of listed companies, securities companies and asset management companies as a boost to capitalize on opportunities in sustainable investing and how to becoming MSCI ESG Index constituents to attract more global investors to Thailand.

SET Senior Executive Vice President Krisada Sektrakul said, “Currently, sustainable investment is widely recognized by global investors, by using ESG-related information to alongside financial reports of listed companies in making an investment decision. The United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment or PRI initiative’s report showed that sustainable investing is estimated at over USD 82 trillion in assets under management in 2018.  Over the past years, SET has been supporting listed companies in integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects into business and joined the international assessment.   In 2018, there were 19 SET-listed companies included in DJSI and 32 in the MSCI AC ASEAN ESG Universal Index –highest number in ASEAN.  In addition, SET has made considerable progress by initiating the list of Thailand Sustainability Investment (THSI) stocks, and the SETTHSI Index for investors’ benchmarking.  This year, SET plans to motivate more Thai listed firms to be included in global sustainability indexes while encouraging mid and small cap  listed companies to adopt the ESG aspects in their operations to enhance the Thai capital market towards sustainability, in line with SET’s vision of ‘To Make the Capital Market ‘Work’ for Everyone’.”

Executives from the capital sector, financial sector and MSCI who have presented the updates and viewpoints include Rapee Sucharitakul, Secretary-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Thailand, Vitai Ratanakorn, Secretary General of Government Pension Fund, Thailand, Peet Yongvanich, Deputy Managing Director, BBL Asset Management Co., Ltd, Mohdi Jeroudi, Vice President – Index & ESG at MSCI, and Valentin Laiseca, Executive Director, MSCI Singapore.