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Industry News 30 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.

30 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.

Industry News 30 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.

29 April, 2021

Shell shareholders to vote on zero-carbon strategy

Sustainalytics, an ESG research ratings and data provider owned by Morningstar, reports that Royal Dutch Shell’s May 18 AGM agenda includes an advisory vote on the company’s “Energy Transition Strategy,” which sets a goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.

Industry News 29 April, 2021

European Commission proposes a Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive

The European Commission announced on 21 April 2021 that it had adopted a proposal for a Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), which would amend the existing reporting requirements of the Non-Financial Reporting Directive (NFRD).

Industry News 28 April, 2021

IR Webinar: Best Practice Awards Launch

The IR Society is delighted to announce the launch of the 2021 Best Practice Awards.

IR Society News Industry News 27 April, 2021

IR Society 2021 Best Practice Awards entries open today

The IR Society, the UK’s professional body for investor relations practitioners, today launches its 21st Annual Best Practice Awards (the ‘Awards’).

Annual Conference IR Society News Industry News 22 April, 2021

Conference Plenary Session Update - Adjusting IR strategy to build corporate resilience

Earlier this week we announced details for one of our plenary sessions at our 2021 Annual Conference and Festival of IR, which will take place from Monday 14th June – Friday 18th June. We're continuing to announce speakers and the other sessions, so please keep any eye out on our conference microsite for more details.

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.

Annual Conference 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.

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