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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'.

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.

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.

IR Society News 9 February, 2024

Contribute to Informed 122 - Spring 2024

Informed magazine is the quarterly journal of the IR Society and our members continue to rate it highly as one of the most valuable resources we provide. We are asking for contributions for the Spring 2024 edition, to be published in mid-March.

Industry News 8 February, 2024

ESRS FAQs include GHG Emissions clarification

EFRAG has published a summary of Q&As related to the ESRS standards used for CSRD reporting, which is a great resource for any company who is preparing their ESRS disclosure for 2024.

Industry News 7 February, 2024

ESG Ratings Regulation - EU reaches agreement

The EU has reached a provisional agreement on the upcoming ESG ratings regulation.

Industry News 7 February, 2024

UK ‘Agile’ Regulation of Artificial Intelligence

The UK government has published a response to its 2023 AI Regulation White Paper, which outlined the UK government’s “flexible” approach to regulating AI through five cross-sectoral principles for the UK’s existing regulators to interpret and apply within their remits. The proposed five principles received “strong support” and the UK government is committed to a context-based approach that does not contain “unnecessary blanket rules” that apply to all AI, notwithstanding the use of the technology.

Industry News 1 February, 2024

Private company reporting needs greater clarity

The FRC has issued its Thematic Review: Reporting by the UK's largest private companies. The review contains a summary of the FRC's key findings that companies and their auditors should take into account for future annual reports.

Industry News 1 February, 2024

Nature reporting update

The GRI Biodiversity standard is now available, TNFD has announced the list of early-adopters, and the UN has published a comparison of various nature-related standards and frameworks.

IR Society News Industry News 31 January, 2024

IR Society issues Best Practice Guidelines 2024

As the market and technology evolves and investor demographics and expectations change, the Best Practice Committee refines these guidelines so that they continue to be an ongoing tool to help Investor Relations Officers tackle new challenges and improve their current skills.

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