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Industry News 15 April, 2021

ISS releases 2021 meeting season preview and 2020 review

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS), one of the leading proxy advisory firms, released its UK 2021 Meeting Season Preview and 2020 Review (‘the Report’) on 6 April. Key themes contained in the Report include:

Industry News 15 April, 2021

FRC moves to becoming ARGA

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) announced on 8 April its 2021/22 strategy plans that will see it move towards becoming the new Audit, Reporting and Governance Authority (ARGA). Its outlined strategy follows the government’s proposals for “restoring trust” in audit and corporate governance, which in part includes the creation of a new statutory regulator to replace the FRC.

8 April, 2021

LGIM publishes its annual Active Ownership repor

On 31 March 2021, Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) published its tenth annual Active Ownership report, outlining the actions taken by the investment firm on behalf of its clients across a range of ESG issues, with a particular focus on the near-term dangers posed by COVID-19 and the longer-term threat of climate change. The report gives clear examples of how LGIM exercised its voting rights in several key areas including diversity and income inequality.

Industry News 8 April, 2021

Corporate reporting – BEIS consultation on climate-related disclosures

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has launched a consultation on mandatory climate-related disclosures by publicly quoted companies, large private companies and limited liability partnerships (LLPs). This was anticipated and is part of a gradual shift which moves increasingly towards consideration of a broader group of corporate stakeholders, greater transparency and, increasingly, embracing sustainability.

Industry News 8 April, 2021

Covid-19 – end of certain relaxations for companies

Many companies took advantage of various relaxations afforded to them by the government during the pandemic. Some of the relaxations, which were introduced to help companies with administrative issues, are no longer available.

Informed 8 April, 2021

Informed 110 – Spring 2021

The main feature of the newly-designed Spring issue of Informed is titled 'Finding a new voice for IR'. It contains a number of articles on all aspects of IR communications, as we emerge from the global pandemic. A second feature is based on ESG in 2021.

Industry News 8 April, 2021

IR Society Annual Conference – Sir Anthony Habgood confirmed as keynote speaker

The IR Society’s Annual Conference and Festival of IR will take place from Monday 14th June – Friday 18th June.

IR Society News 7 April, 2021

IR Society Annual Conference – Bernard Looney confirmed as keynote speaker

The IR Society’s Annual Conference and Festival of IR will take place from Monday 14th June – Friday 18th June.

Industry News 1 April, 2021

Green Alliance report advises UK to halve resource consumption

The Green Alliance, a charity ‘focused on ambitious leadership for the environment’, released its latest report on 29 March, advising that the UK needs to reconsider its resources and waste strategy and focus on halving its resource consumption.

Industry News 25 March, 2021

IFRS – Working group to accelerate convergence in global sustainability reporting standards focused

The Trustees of the IFRS Foundation announced on 22 March 2021 the formation of a working group to accelerate convergence in global sustainability reporting standards focused on enterprise value and to undertake technical preparation for a potential international sustainability reporting standards board under the governance of the IFRS Foundation.

Industry News 18 March, 2021

ISS releases annual report on top governance and stewardship issues

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS), one of the leading proxy advisory firms, has released its annual outlook report entitled Top Governance & Stewardship Issues in 2021 (‘the Report’). Consistent with ISS’s core focus, the target audience for the Report is the institutional investment community. However, the findings contained therein are likely to be of interest and relevance to corporate boards, IROs and their advisors.

Industry News 18 March, 2021

Consultation on wide-ranging reforms to modernise the UK’s audit and corporate governance regime

18 March 2021 - The government has today announced major new reforms to the UK’s audit regime with the aims of safeguarding British jobs, avoiding company failures and reinforcing the UK’s reputation as a world-leading destination for investment. To improve corporate transparency and strengthen the UK’s position as a world-class destination for investors, the government is launching a consultation on wide-ranging reforms to modernise the country’s audit and corporate governance regime, targeting the UK’s biggest businesses and ensuring markets work effectively.

IR Society News Blogs 12 March, 2021

Evan Davis announced as our keynote moderator at our 2021 Annual Conference and Festival of IR

We are very pleased to announce that Evan Davis will be joining us again this year as our conference keynote moderator.

Industry News 8 March, 2021

International Women’s Day Interview with CEO, Laura Hayter

Some of the female IR Society team members wanted to mark International Women's Day 2021 by interviewing our CEO Laura Hayter.

Industry News Blogs 3 March, 2021

Report on the UK Listing Review, chaired by Lord Hill

The UK Listing Review, led by Lord Hill, and launched by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in November 2020 was released on Wednesday 3 March 2021. This forms part of the Chancellor’s plan to strengthen the UK’s position as a world-leading financial centre.

Consultation Responses 4 February, 2021

FRC Future of Corporate Reporting discussion paper

The IR Society response to the FRC's discussion paper - The Future of Corporate Reporting.

Industry News 21 January, 2021

Investor Forum Annual Review - event summary

The IR Society attended the Investor Forum’s Annual Review virtual event on 20th January, which focused on ‘purpose and how it can guide a company to create long-term sustainable value’. We heard from industry leaders, including the chair of BP and CEO of Fidelity International, about how social issues, like climate change, have become an increasingly important aspect of investor engagement with corporate boards. A clearly defined purpose can inform better decision-making and help to generate long-term sustainable profits. This year, the dialogue between companies and investors is likely to continue to focus on stakeholder engagement and the provision of measurable hard and soft indicators of corporate purpose and culture.

Informed 18 December, 2020

Informed 109 – Winter 2020/21

The Winter 2020/21 issue of Informed provides in-depth coverage of the Best Practice Awards, which was held in late November. It also includes a feature titled ‘2021: IR challenge or opportunity?’.

IR Society News 10 December, 2020

‘Awards in Focus’ webinar, Part 1: Shaping best-in-class investor communications

In the first in our series of 'Awards in Focus' webinars, David Shriver, Director of Communications at Ocado, and Andrew Carter, Director of IR at Rotork – both winners of our 2020 Best Practice Awards - discussed with Richard Davies, Managing Director at RD:IR, how to create a compelling narrative and successfully articulate your company’s investment proposition.

IR Society News 2 December, 2020

Virtual event summary - Adapting Investor Relations in the Age of Acceleration

In this virtual event hosted in partnership with Investis, our guest speakers looked at how the use of digital, and particularly, the use of video for reporting, is changing the way companies communicate and present their reports in times of uncertainty.

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