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Industry News 12 May, 2022

UK Climate transition plan proposals

The Transition Plan Taskforce, established last month, has issued a call for evidence on a Sector-Neutral Framework for transition plans, which it is proposed will be required to be disclosed by listed companies (and financial institutions) from 2023.

Industry News 21 April, 2022

New FCA rules will boost disclosure of diversity on boards and executive committees

The FCA have finalised their rules requiring listed companies to report information and disclose against targets on the representation of women and ethnic minorities on their boards and executive management.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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