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SET News :14 Thai listed firms named in 2016 DJSI, highest among ASEAN
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SET News 77/2016
September 12, 2016

14 Thai listed firms named in 2016 DJSI, highest among ASEAN

BANGKOK, September 12, 2016 - The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) announces 
that 14 Thai listed companies have been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability
Indices (DJSI), one of the most highly regarded global sustainability indices,
reflecting Thai listed firms' potential and quality towards global standards and
underlining SET's strategic plan to promote capital market and the country

This list consists of one newcomer, Kasikornbank pcl (KBANK), on top of the 13 
existing Thai firms. Significantly, TOP was ranked the highest score, for the
second consecutive year, among the 159 global leading firms in Energy Industry

Five among 14 selected firms, namely KBANK, PTT, PTTEP, PTTGC and SCC, have been
selected in the 2016 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DSJI World), while
TU have been chosen to be in the Dow Jones Sustainability Emerging Markets
Index (DJSI Emerging Markets).

SET President Kesara Manchusree stated, "This year SET's listed firms make the 
highest number of inclusion among ASEAN for both DJSI Emerging Markets and DSJI
World. This success has proven listed companies' efforts in operating businesses
with the best sustainability practices by considering environmental, social and
governance or ESG, as such underlining SET's commitment to enhance both
performance and quality of listed companies towards sustainability."

Meanwhile, ESG integration has become a key factor in attracting global funds, 
as it could provide transparency, stakeholder responsibility, better risk
management and innovation to affirm the firm's long-term return generating and
business sustainability, added Kesara.

This year, out of 33 invited companies, 24 companies participated in the 
sustainability assessment accounting for 73 percent of total companies invited.
This was partly due to SET's major role to encourage Thai listed firms to
participate in the assessment as well as building their readiness to be a DJSI
component. SET has invited experts from Swiss-based RobecoSAM to conduct
workshops for DJSI readiness, and to equip CEO and operational staff with
knowledge for the assessment.
The DJSI global indices, track the financial performance of leading 
sustainability-driven companies worldwide, used by leading funds as a gauge for
making prudent long-run investment decisions. S&P Dow Jones Indices and
RobecoSAM jointly announces results of its annual review every September. DJSI
members consisting of 60 industries or 24 industry groups, currently could
attract a combined investment fund over USD 5 billion.
This year, DJSI invited 3,420 global companies with large market capitalization 
to participate in DJSI corporate sustainability assessment and select the list
of companies that have passed the selection criteria into DJSI members. The 2016
 DJSI review will be effective on September 19, 2016.
Note: Thai Beverage pcl, a Thai non-SET listed firm, has also been included in 
the 2016 DJSI Emerging Markets Index.

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