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Industry News 17 May, 2024

Government publishes update to the Sustainability Disclosure Requirements (SDR)

The Government has this week published an implementation update to the Sustainability Disclosure Requirements (SDR) as part of their Green Finance Strategy set out in 2023.

IR Society News 10 May, 2024

Robert Pickering announced as a keynote speaker

We are delighted to announce our next keynote speaker will be Robert Pickering, former CEO at Cazenove, in converstion with Evan Davis.

8 May, 2024

IR Society 2024 Best Practice Awards entries open today

The IR Society, the UK’s professional body for investor relations practitioners, today launches its 24th Annual Best Practice Awards (the ‘Awards’). These prestigious Awards celebrate the achievements of companies demonstrating their commitment to delivering best-in-class investor relations and communications.

Industry News 2 May, 2024

Interoperability guidance for ISSB and EU Standards

Guidance material has been published to illustrate the high level of alignment achieved between the ISSB Standards and the European Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESRS), and how a company can apply both sets of standards, including detailed analysis of the alignment in climate-related disclosures. This publication provides practical support that explains how companies can efficiently comply with both sets of standards.

30 April, 2024

Tagging for sustainability reporting

The ISSB has published its digital sustainability taxonomy, to help investors analyse sustainability disclosures more efficiently.

26 April, 2024

FCA Anti-greenwashing guidance, and extension of SDR to portfolio managers

On 23 April 2024, the FCA published its much-anticipated anti-greenwashing guidance that will apply to all FCA regulated firms from 31 May 2024, and issued a consultation (CP24/8) on extending the SDR and labelling regime to portfolio managers.

Industry News 17 April, 2024

Transition planning resources

The Transition Plan Taskforce (TPT) published its final set of resources, including sector-specific guidance, the Future for Nature in Transition Planning, and how to undertake a transition planning cycle. TPT outputs support the creation of consistent, comparable company reports and reduce the level of disclosure complexity faced by firms.

Industry News 11 April, 2024

FCA to allow bundling of investment research fees

As announced last year, the FCA is now consulting on introducing more options to pay for investment research, including the ‘bundling’ of payments for third-party research and trade execution.

Informed 3 April, 2024

Informed 122 – Spring 2024

The main feature in this issue is titled 'Greater governance' – covering the updated Corporate Governance Code and the QCA Code. A second feature is titled 'The AI revolution'.

21 March, 2024

FRC review of sustainability assurance market

Given the growing need for reliable sustainability reporting, the FRC have launched a market review of sustainability assurance to look at competition and choice, market capacity and the possible impact on the statutory audit market.

Industry News 20 March, 2024

FTSE Index responds to FCA Listing reforms

FTSE Russell have published proposed changes to its UK Index Series in response to the FCA's proposed reforms to the listing regime in the UK.

Industry News 14 March, 2024

Proposed new UK listing regime - more detail released

On 7th March, the FCA published further details of their proposed new Listing regime, with a full draft of the new UK Listing Rules and revised Listing Principles.

IR Society News Industry News 13 March, 2024

‘Bridging the Gap’ with the Investor Forum

The Society partnered the Investor Forum on their latest white paper, which focuses on helping build stronger, more collaborative partnerships and rejuvenating the investor-company dialogue.

Industry News 8 March, 2024

Budget 2024 - IR highlights

What are the most significant measures for Investor Relations?

IR Society News Members' News 8 March, 2024

EQ RD:IR Continues as Sponsor for 2024

We are thrilled to announce that EQ RD:IR has confirmed that it will sponsor the IR Society once again in 2024.

Industry News 4 March, 2024

US SEC to vote on climate

The SEC has scheduled a vote on whether to adopt the rules this Wednesday 6 March, nearly two years after their climate change disclosure rules were first proposed.

Industry News 29 February, 2024

FRC Review of Stewardship Code

The FRC is seeking views from all stakeholders on whether the Code, in its current format, is being used by asset managers, asset owners and other signatories to the Code in a manner that drives better stewardship outcomes from engagement with issuers. To inform their formal consultation, the FRC are conducting targeted outreach on the topics outlined below, and the Society is proposing to arrange some roundtable events to enable members to provide feedback to the FRC.

Industry News 28 February, 2024

Investment Association to update Principles of Remuneration

Given the Investment Association did not issue their usual annual update to their Principles of Executive Remuneration last autumn (in time for remuneration reports preparation and the AGM season), the IA have now written to FTSE 350 companies’ remuneration committee chairs, reviewing the 2023 season and setting priorities for 2024. Following engagement with companies, the IA plan to review and publish simplified, updated Principles later in 2024.

27 February, 2024

Q4 Sponsors IR Society Again in 2024!

We are delighted to announce that Q4 Inc will sponsor the IR Society once again in 2024.

Industry News 23 February, 2024

PLSA publishes Stewardship and Voting Guidelines for 2024

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has published its Stewardship & Voting Guidelines 2024, which set out the PLSA’s views and voting recommendations on key issues.

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