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IR Society News 21 October, 2021

Colombo Stock Exchange to offer ICIR

The UK Investor Relations Society (IR Society) and the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) are delighted to announce a partnership offering the IR Society’s International Certificate in Investor Relations.

Informed 14 October, 2021

Informed 112 – Autumn 2021

The main feature of the Autumn issue of Informed is titled 'IR for small caps'. It contains a number of articles on all issues relevant to smaller listed companies. A second feature, titled 'Careers in IR' details learning opportunities, and provides an insight into the IR role.

Industry News 13 October, 2021

FRC issues guidance for electronic format annual reports

On 11 October 2021, the Financial Reporting Lab (‘the Lab’) of the Financial Reporting Council (‘the FRC’) set out practical guidance for companies to start producing their annual financial reports in a structured electronic format.

Industry News 30 September, 2021

Transition to Integrated Reporting

On 20 September 2021, the Value Reporting Foundation published ‘Transition to integrated reporting: A Guide to getting started’ (‘the Guide’) to help report preparers develop a custom-fit transition plan to integrated reporting. The Guide is a companion to the Framework, the principles-based, multi-capital framework used to accelerate integrated reporting across the world. Integrated reporting helps businesses think holistically about their strategy to build investor and key stakeholder confidence and improve future performance.

Industry News 30 September, 2021

Essential Guide to Enhancing Investor Engagement - Webinar Replay

As we start to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact of social and environmental issues on the global economy have never been clearer. For businesses around the world, there has never been a greater focus on sustainability.

IR Society News 30 September, 2021

IR Society 2021 Best Practice Awards and Annual Dinner

We are delighted to announce that we will be hosting the Best Practice Awards and Annual Dinner in person at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in London on Tuesday 23rd November.

Industry News 22 September, 2021

FRC publishes review findings on viability and going concern disclosures

Viability and going concern reporting need to be improved to give investors and key stakeholders a clearer picture of the financial stability of businesses, warns the Financial Reporting Council (FRC).

Consultation Responses 14 September, 2021

FCA consultation: Primary Markets Effectiveness Review

The IR Society response to CP21/21 ‘Primary Markets Effectiveness Review’

Industry News 14 September, 2021

Procter & Gamble announces new Climate Transition Action Plan

On 14 September 2021, consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble (P&G) announced a comprehensive plan to accelerate its climate action. The plan includes a new ambition to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across its entire operations and supply chain, from raw material to retailer, by 2040; as well as interim 2030 goals.

IR Society News Industry News Blogs 7 September, 2021

The A4S Essential Guide to Enhancing Investor Engagement

A4S and its CFO Leadership Network have produced this practical guide for investor relations teams on communicating effectively with investors about sustainability.

Industry News 6 September, 2021

FRC lists successful signatories to the UK Stewardship Code

On 6 September, the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) published a list of successful signatories to the UK Stewardship Code (Stewardship Code).

Industry News 5 August, 2021

IASB consults on a new framework for management commentary reflecting changes in corporate reporting

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB or the Board) has published for public comment a proposed comprehensive framework for companies preparing management commentaries aligned with investors’ information needs.

IR Society News Blogs 30 July, 2021

Awards Entry Deadline Extended Until End of August

The deadline to submit an entry for the IR Society best practice awards will be extended until Tuesday 31 August 2021.

Industry News 29 July, 2021

New report urges boards and executive committees to improve diversity

In July, the Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland and the Centre for Synchronous Leadership published a joint report revealing that an attachment to power is causing British boards and executive committees to exclude more diverse candidates based on flawed selection processes and criteria.

Informed 21 July, 2021

Informed 111 – Summer 2021

This issue of Informed covered the IR Society's 2021 Festival of IR and annual conference.

Industry News 15 July, 2021

Discussion paper issued on diversity and inclusion in the financial sector

The FCA has issued a joint discussion paper with the PRA and the Bank of England on actions to accelerate the pace of meaningful change on diversity and inclusion in the financial sector

IR Society News Consultation Responses 13 July, 2021

BEIS Consultation on ‘Restoring trust in audit and corporate governance’

The IR Society response to the BEIS Consultation on 'Restoring trust in audit and corporate governance'

Industry News 8 July, 2021

FCA launches primary markets effectiveness consultation

On 5 July 2021, the FCA launched a consultation [CP21/21] on a series of proposed reforms to improve the effectiveness of UK primary markets, alongside a discussion of how it might continue to develop the regime to ensure the UK remains a competitive and dynamic market. This consultation follows specific recommendations for improvements to the regime given in both the UK Listing Review, chaired by Lord Jonathan Hill, and the Kalifa Review of UK FinTech. The FCA’s suggested reforms seek to address and build on the proposals in these reviews to ensure that the UK remains an attractive place to grow and list successful companies.

Industry News 8 July, 2021

Changes to Takeover Code come into effect

Last October, the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers (the ‘Panel’) published proposals to make certain changes to the City Code on Mergers and Takeovers (the ‘Code’) relating to offer conditions, especially those which relate to regulatory and merger control clearance, and the offer timetable (PCP 2020/1).

Industry News 8 July, 2021

FRC outlines necessary action for effective ESG reporting

On 7 July 2021, the FRC published the FRC Statement of Intent on Environmental, Social and Governance challenges. The paper sets out areas in which there are issues with ESG information in companies are to report in a way that meets the demands of stakeholders, how to address some of those demands and the FRC’s planned activities in this area.

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