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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 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.

Industry News 22 September, 2021

FRC publishes review findings on viability and going concern disclosures

Viability and going concern reporting need to be improved to give investors and key stakeholders a clearer picture of the financial stability of businesses, warns the Financial Reporting Council (FRC).

Industry News 14 September, 2021

Procter & Gamble announces new Climate Transition Action Plan

On 14 September 2021, consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble (P&G) announced a comprehensive plan to accelerate its climate action. The plan includes a new ambition to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across its entire operations and supply chain, from raw material to retailer, by 2040; as well as interim 2030 goals.

IR Society News Industry News Blogs 7 September, 2021

The A4S Essential Guide to Enhancing Investor Engagement

A4S and its CFO Leadership Network have produced this practical guide for investor relations teams on communicating effectively with investors about sustainability.

Industry News 6 September, 2021

FRC lists successful signatories to the UK Stewardship Code

On 6 September, the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) published a list of successful signatories to the UK Stewardship Code (Stewardship Code).

Industry News 5 August, 2021

IASB consults on a new framework for management commentary reflecting changes in corporate reporting

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB or the Board) has published for public comment a proposed comprehensive framework for companies preparing management commentaries aligned with investors’ information needs.

Industry News 29 July, 2021

New report urges boards and executive committees to improve diversity

In July, the Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland and the Centre for Synchronous Leadership published a joint report revealing that an attachment to power is causing British boards and executive committees to exclude more diverse candidates based on flawed selection processes and criteria.

Industry News 15 July, 2021

Discussion paper issued on diversity and inclusion in the financial sector

The FCA has issued a joint discussion paper with the PRA and the Bank of England on actions to accelerate the pace of meaningful change on diversity and inclusion in the financial sector

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.

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