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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.

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.

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 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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

Industry News 29 January, 2024

The FRC issues revised Corporate Governance Code

Key changes include increased focus on outcomes reporting, reinforcement of ‘explanations’ (where Code departures are more appropriate) and improved transparency around internal controls and 'malus and clawback' arrangements/usage. Revised supporting guidance has also been issued, aimed at being less prescriptive.

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