PLDT has been reporting environmental, social and governance practices since 2015, way before the SEC requirement that all Philippine-listed companies publish its Sustainability Reports for year-end 2019
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PLDT sets PHL, global firsts with 3 international sustainability alliances
(The Philippine Star) - March 1, 2020 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — As part of its efforts to help create a more sustainable future, PLDT Inc. has joined three leading global organizations that uphold stringent standards in monitoring the sustainability practices of companies.

“PLDT is advancing its environmental, social and governance (ESG) commitments by supporting these sustainability alliances,” PLDT Chairman and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan says.

First telco globally, sole PHL affiliate for SASB

PLDT is the first telco in the world and only company in the Philippines to be a member of the Sustainable Accounting Board (SASB) Alliance. The membership program supports the need for more decision-useful, cost-effective sustainability disclosures.

SASB supports members such as PLDT that aim to build capacity among their staff, identify best practices, and explore the use of material sustainability information.

“By joining the SASB Alliance, PLDT supports standardized sustainability disclosures that meet the expectations of investors,” says Pangilinan.

Only PHL telco under TCFD

PLDT is the first Philippine telco and is among the initial local supporters of the International Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

Set up by the Financial Stability Board (FSB), the Task Force develops recommendations for more effective climate-related disclosures that promote informed investment, credit and insurance underwriting decisions.

“With TCFD, stakeholders are empowered to better understand the concentrations of carbon-related assets in the financial sector and the financial system’s exposures to climate-related risks,” shares Chaye Cabal-Revilla, PLDT SVP & Group Controller, concurrent PLDT Group Chief Sustainability Officer and Smart Communications Inc. Chief Financial Officer.

SASB Chairman Jeffrey Hales and PLDT Group Chief Sustainability Officer Chaye Cabal-Revilla.
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Officially recognized as a TCFD affiliate, PLDT supports various recommendations outlined by the Task Force.

These include governance on climate-related risks and opportunities, analysis of its potential impacts in the business, strategy and financial planning, disclosing how to identify and manage climate-related risks, and setting of metrics and targets to assess threats and opportunities.

As the Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requires all publicly listed companies to report on TCFD disclosures, PLDT’s role as the country’s first telco supporter of the organization underscores its commitment to sustainability.

“Insights from the disclosures will be critical to future-proofing our business,” says Pangilinan.

Global-level UN GCN Participant

Along with its wireless services subsidiary Smart, PLDT is registered as a Participant of the United Nations Global Compact Network (UNGCN). A notch higher than Signatories limited to local engagement, Participants are committed on a global level to integrate the renowned organization’s Ten Principles on human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.

“PLDT is committed to making the UNGCN principles part of company strategy, culture, and day-to-day operations, and to engage in collaborative projects in order to attain the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSGDs),” declares Pangilinan.

Beyond sustainability compliance

PLDT has been reporting ESG practices since 2015, way before the SEC requirement that all Philippine-listed companies publish its Sustainability Reports for yearend 2019 in 2020.

More than just compliance, the company aims to make Sustainability part of PLDT Group’s DNA and culture. “We are committed to boosting efforts to conduct business in ways that protect future generations,” Cabal-Revilla says.


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