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IR Society News Industry News Consultation Responses 15 July, 2024

Society comments on the IASB’s Acquisitions Reporting proposals

This IR Society response expresses concern around the risks of requiring this non-GAAP reporting in the back half of the annual report, which would significantly increase the audit burden and would be especially difficult when the reporting timetable is tight.

11 July, 2024

FCA overhauls listing rules to boost growth and innovation

The new rules will bring the biggest changes to the listing regime in over 3 decades. From 29th July, there will be fewer shareholder approval requirements, allowing greater risk but intended to better reflect the risk appetite the economy needs to achieve growth.

Industry News 2 July, 2024

TNFD Sector and Value Chain Guidance

The Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) has published final Additional sector guidance for eight real economy sectors to apply the LEAP approach, alongside updated Additional guidance for financial institutions to apply the TNFD Recommendations and final Guidance on value chains.

IR Society News Consultation Responses 28 June, 2024

Society comments on the UK’s sustainability assurance market

This IR Society response calls for increased standardisation, given the sizeable disparities in price and quality, rigour and methodology amongst providers.

Industry News 27 June, 2024

Further international harmonisation for sustainability reporting

ISSB announces further harmonisation of the sustainability disclosure landscape as it embarks on its new work plan.

IR Society News Consultation Responses 6 June, 2024

Society responds on UK ISA proposals

This IR Society response calls for simplicity to allow straightforward and speedy implementation, supports the eligibility of companies listed/traded on a UK recognised stock exchange (including investment trusts) for the UK ISA, but questions the exclusion of companies with overseas incorporations (except in the case of secondary listings).

Industry News 6 June, 2024

IoD consults on Director ‘Code of Conduct’

The IoD is seeking to promote director integrity by consulting on a new voluntary Code of Conduct.

Industry News 6 June, 2024

‘Pre-close calls’ under the spotlight

The EU’s financial markets regulator has issued a statement encouraging issuers to follow good practices when engaging in 'pre-close calls' as they can influence market expectations and instrument prices.

IR Society News Consultation Responses Policy & Positions 5 June, 2024

Society responds on re-bundling research fees

In this IR Society response, which draws on the findings from our 2023 member poll on investment research, we emphasise the importance of research for valuations and the London markets, noting the impact of MiFID II unbundling on the quality of coverage and the industry perspectives provided. We are therefore generally supportive of the FCA's proposals for increased payment optionality as this could lead to increased/improved quality of coverage for small- and mid-caps, provided the associated ‘guardrails’ are proportionate and aligned with the equivalent US and proposed EU regimes.

Industry News 3 June, 2024

Updates to the UK Sustainability Disclosure Requirements (SDR)

The Government has published an implementation update to the Sustainability Disclosure Requirements (SDR) and the FCA has also confirmed its (delayed) timetable.

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.

Industry News 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.

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