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IR Society News Consultation Responses 13 July, 2021

BEIS Consultation on ‘Restoring trust in audit and corporate governance’

The IR Society response to the BEIS Consultation on 'Restoring trust in audit and corporate governance'

Industry News 8 July, 2021

FCA launches primary markets effectiveness consultation

On 5 July 2021, the FCA launched a consultation [CP21/21] on a series of proposed reforms to improve the effectiveness of UK primary markets, alongside a discussion of how it might continue to develop the regime to ensure the UK remains a competitive and dynamic market. This consultation follows specific recommendations for improvements to the regime given in both the UK Listing Review, chaired by Lord Jonathan Hill, and the Kalifa Review of UK FinTech. The FCA’s suggested reforms seek to address and build on the proposals in these reviews to ensure that the UK remains an attractive place to grow and list successful companies.

Industry News 8 July, 2021

Changes to Takeover Code come into effect

Last October, the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers (the ‘Panel’) published proposals to make certain changes to the City Code on Mergers and Takeovers (the ‘Code’) relating to offer conditions, especially those which relate to regulatory and merger control clearance, and the offer timetable (PCP 2020/1).

Industry News 8 July, 2021

FRC outlines necessary action for effective ESG reporting

On 7 July 2021, the FRC published the FRC Statement of Intent on Environmental, Social and Governance challenges. The paper sets out areas in which there are issues with ESG information in companies are to report in a way that meets the demands of stakeholders, how to address some of those demands and the FRC’s planned activities in this area.

Industry News 24 June, 2021

New independent group to help tackle ‘greenwashing’

A new expert advisory group has been appointed by the UK Government. Its work will support investors, consumers and businesses to make green financial decisions. The new independent expert group has been established to advise on standards for green investment. UK Green Taxonomy is part of the Government’s efforts to improve the environment, accelerate the transition to net zero and create green jobs. It is hoped that better data will help companies, investors and consumers to make informed green choices, support investment in sustainable projects and boost efforts to tackle climate change.

Industry News 24 June, 2021

FCA publishes new climate-related disclosure rules

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published new proposals on climate-related disclosure rules for listed companies and certain regulated firms, following its latest consultation. The proposals follow the introduction of climate-related disclosure rules for the most prominent listed commercial companies in December 2020 and are in line with the recommendations of the Taskforce on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

Industry News Policy & Positions 18 June, 2021

Investors ask U.S. SEC for more ESG disclosures as companies resist

Investor groups have asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for more corporate disclosures on climate change and other environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues while business interests have pushed back, a Reuters review of correspondence published by the regulator shows.

Industry News 10 June, 2021

IIRC and SASB form the Value Reporting Foundation

The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) have confirmed they have completed their merger to create the new Value Reporting Foundation (VRF).

Industry News 10 June, 2021

Investor Forum publishes white paper on Governing for Growth

On 10 June 2021, the Investor Forum, whose purpose is to purpose is to position stewardship at the heart of investment decision-making by facilitating dialogue, creating long-term solutions and enhancing value, published a new report entitled ‘Governing for Growth’ which provides a practical guide for smaller and mid-sized developing companies which are listed on public markets.

Industry News 28 May, 2021

FCA proposes more flexibility for SPACs

The FCA has launched a consultation on proposed changes to its Listing Rules for certain special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs).

Industry News 28 May, 2021

Glass Lewis overview of Say on Climate votes

Glass Lewis, one of the leading proxy advisory firms, has published a paper setting out its views on Say on Climate votes. The paper notes that ‘Say On Climate’ votes, where listed company shareholders are given the opportunity to vote on climate-related proposals, are becoming an increasingly important part of the 2021 annual general meeting season. Both boards and shareholders are putting forward proposals for votes on climate-related matters.

Industry News 28 May, 2021

Corporate Governance Code increases reporting on remuneration practices

Companies are better aligning their Board remuneration policy and practices with long-term shareholder interests according to new research conducted by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) and The University of Portsmouth.

Industry News 28 May, 2021

FRC highlights ‘room for improvement’ in interim reports

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has highlighted that companies need to provide “better explanations” on balance sheet movements in their interim reporting. Ahead of the 2021 interim reporting season, a review by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has highlighted examples of good practice in company’s interim reporting and areas where further improvements are required.

Industry News 20 May, 2021

FRC highlights ‘room for improvement’ in interim reports

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has highlighted that companies need to provide “better explanations” on balance sheet movements in their interim reporting. Ahead of the 2021 interim reporting season, a review by the Financial Reporting Council has highlighted examples of good practice in company’s interim reporting and areas where further improvements are required.

Industry News 13 May, 2021

Corporate Governance Code increases reporting on remuneration practices

Companies are better aligning their Board remuneration policy and practices with long-term shareholder interests according to new research conducted by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) and The University of Portsmouth. This research assessed a sample of FTSE 350 companies to determine the extent to which they have applied requirements set by the updated UK Corporate Governance Code in 2020.

IR Society News 6 May, 2021

10 reasons why you should join us at our 2021 Annual Conference and Festival of IR

The IR Society's Annual Conference and Festival of IR will take place in from June 14-18, 2021, and if you haven't booked your ticket yet, here’s 10 reasons why you should be joining us:

Industry News 6 May, 2021

Glass Lewis overview of Say on Climate votes

Glass Lewis, one of the leading proxy advisory firms, has published a paper setting out its views on Say on Climate votes. The paper notes that ‘Say On Climate’ votes, where listed company shareholders are given the opportunity to vote on climate-related proposals, are becoming an increasingly important part of the 2021 annual general meeting season. Both boards and shareholders are putting forward proposals for votes on climate-related matters

Industry News 6 May, 2021

FCA proposes more flexibility for SPACs

The FCA has launched a consultation on proposed changes to its Listing Rules for certain special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs).

Industry News 30 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.

Industry News 30 April, 2021

LGIM publishes its annual Active Ownership report

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.

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