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Thai Version of TCFD Recommendations Released

Thailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has launched a translated Thai version of Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations to enhance understanding of climate-related financial disclosures among listed firms. The Thai version of the recommendations, prepared by the SEC with support from the TCFD, provides an important tool for listed companies, investment analysts and asset managers to gain a better understanding of climate-related financial disclosures that involve risks and opportunities concerning climate change, enabling them to analyse securities, give investment advice, and make investment decisions efficiently. As Thailand’s first governmental agency to have become an official supporter of the TCFD since 30 December 2020, the SEC has encouraged listed companies to adopt the TCFD recommendations and promoted the incorporation of climate-related risks and opportunities into securities analysis and asset management to enable favourable long-term returns for investors. Pornanong Budsaratragoon, Secretary-General at the SEC, said this marks a “major step that facilitates market participants as they make a smooth transition towards adopting sustainability disclosure standards”. She added that the Commission is committed to expediting Thailand’s shift towards a low-carbon economy with the goals of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 and net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2065. In June last year, the SEC announced a partnership with UK’s CDP to enhance environmental disclosures in Thailand. Early this year, the SEC issued new guidelines for asset managers on the management and disclosure of climate-related risk. The guidelines are intended to help asset managers assess climate-related risk when managing investment portfolios and address climate-related issues in accordance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

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