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3 February, 2022

New research with Audit Committee Chairs published

Independent research commissioned by the Financial Reporting Council builds on similar research in 2020, reinforcing the case for developing standards for Audit Committees to help promote a more consistent approach to audit quality. The research, conducted by YouGov, is based on in-depth interviews with Audit Committee Chairs (ACCs) discussing how they carry out their role.

2 February, 2022

ESMA consults on burdensome “sustainability preferences” revisions to its Suitability Guidelines

ESMA's proposed amendments to its Suitability Guidelines provide a better idea of how it expects sustainability considerations to be built into the suitability process, ahead of sustainability preferences becoming integrated into the MiFID II suitability requirements from August 2022. The proposed amendments would increase the anticipated burden on asset managers and those providing investment advice.

Bulletin 26 January, 2022

WEF issues 2021 Global Risks Report

The World Economic Forum has published the 17th edition of its Global Risks Report, which identifies the tensions that will result from a divergent recovery.

Industry News Bulletin 26 January, 2022

Investor relations may be obscure, but in modern business they are increasingly important

It is fantastic to see the recognition of IR and its growing importance as featured in this week’s Times article by Patrick Hosking. This is supported by the recent findings from our MiFID II research conducted by The London School of Economics and The University of Glasgow, in conjunction with the IR Society, with MiFID regulation creating both opportunity and challenges for IR.

Bulletin 26 January, 2022

FRC consults on three-year Plan and Budget to prepare for transition to ARGA

The FRC has published for comment its 3-year Plan for 2022-25, acknowledging the FRC’s continued commitment to being an effective and transparent regulator as it prepares to transition to the Audit, Reporting and Governance Authority.

Bulletin 26 January, 2022

FRC Invites applications for Stakeholder Insight Group

The FRC has launched the application process for its Stakeholder Insight Group (SIG), a new cross-stakeholder panel that will represent preparers, investors, audit committee chairs and other key parts of our stakeholder universe including reporting framework owners and civil society groups.

Bulletin 26 January, 2022

Aviva’s CEO letter warns over sustainability targets

Aviva Investors will hold investee companies accountable to a wider definition of sustainability in 2022, with companies set to be judged against expectations on biodiversity and human rights, as much as climate and executive pay.

Bulletin 6 January, 2022

FCA publishes new rules on climate-related disclosures

The FCA has published two Policy Statements confirming final rules and guidance to promote better climate-related financial disclosures.

Informed 20 December, 2021

Informed 113 – Winter 2021/22

The Winter 2021/22 issue of Informed provides in-depth coverage of the 2021 Best Practice Awards, which were held in late November. It also includes a feature titled 'Best in class', which profiles some of the award-winning companies.

IR Society News Industry News 24 November, 2021

The IR Society Celebrates Best in Class IR at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London

At Tuesday night’s annual Investor Relations Society Best Practice Awards dinner, the IR Society recognised those companies that are leading the way in IR best practice and stakeholder engagement.

Industry News 18 November, 2021

FRC publishes latest edition of Developments in Audit

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has today, 18 November 2021, published its latest edition of Developments in Audit, which sets out the FRC’s annual assessment of UK audit and ongoing expectations for how audit firms should deliver audit quality improvements to deliver a more effective audit market in the public interest.

Industry News 28 October, 2021

FCA publishes Climate Change Adaptation Report

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published its Climate Change Adaptation Report (CCAR) giving the FCA’s assessment of how it and the firms it regulates are adapting to climate change.

IR Society News 26 October, 2021

Awards Host Announced - Zoe Lyons

We are delighted to announce that the compere for the 2021 IR Society Best Practice Awards will be the fabulous Zoe Lyons!

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.

Consultation Responses 20 October, 2021

FCA Consultation: Diversity and inclusion on company boards and executive committees

IR Society response to CP21/24 ‘Diversity and inclusion on company boards and executive committees’

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 12 October, 2021

New capital raising review to boost UK companies and markets

A new review to boost companies listed on UK stock markets by giving them more options when raising capital was launched by HM Treasury on 12 October 2021.

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.

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