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IR Society News Consultation Responses Policy & Positions 5 June, 2024

Society responds on re-bundling research fees

In this IR Society response, which draws on the findings from our 2023 member poll on investment research, we emphasise the importance of research for valuations and the London markets, noting the impact of MiFID II unbundling on the quality of coverage and the industry perspectives provided. We are therefore generally supportive of the FCA's proposals for increased payment optionality as this could lead to increased/improved quality of coverage for small- and mid-caps, provided the associated ‘guardrails’ are proportionate and aligned with the equivalent US and proposed EU regimes.

IR Society News 10 May, 2024

Robert Pickering announced as a keynote speaker

We are delighted to announce our next keynote speaker will be Robert Pickering, former CEO at Cazenove, in converstion with Evan Davis.

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.

IR Society News Members' News 8 March, 2024

EQ RD:IR Continues as Sponsor for 2024

We are thrilled to announce that EQ RD:IR has confirmed that it will sponsor the IR Society once again in 2024.

IR Society News 9 February, 2024

Contribute to Informed 122 - Spring 2024

Informed magazine is the quarterly journal of the IR Society and our members continue to rate it highly as one of the most valuable resources we provide. We are asking for contributions for the Spring 2024 edition, to be published in mid-March.

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.

IR Society News Members' News 29 January, 2024

Orient Capital Continues as IR Society Sponsor for 2024

The IR Society is delighted to welcome Orient Capital once again as a sponsor for 2024!

IR Society News Consultation Responses Policy & Positions Research & Surveys 5 January, 2024

Society submits evidence on Scope 3 emissions reporting

This IR Society response draws on the findings from recent member research on Scope 3 and SECR reporting.

IR Society News 8 December, 2023

IR Society Office Move

After almost 10 years in our current home in Coleman Street the IR Society will be moving to a new office early in 2024.

IR Society News Industry News 22 November, 2023

The IR Society Celebrates Best in Class IR

At Tuesday night’s annual Investor Relations Society Best Practice Awards dinner at the Royal Lancaster, London, the IR Society celebrated the achievements of those companies demonstrating their commitment to delivering best-in-class investor and stakeholder communications.

IR Society News 10 November, 2023

2023 Member Survey Key Takeaways

The results of the Member Survey, conducted in September every year, are incredibly important in underpinning our planning for the year ahead. Thanks once again to everyone who completed the survey.

IR Society News Consultation Responses Policy & Positions 5 October, 2023

Society responds to the Voluntary Code for ESG ratings agencies

This IR Society response draws on the findings from the ESG data/ratings survey carried at Easter this year among our IRO Members, which illustrate a level of dissatisfaction with the current quality of engagement between companies and ESG data and ratings agencies. We hope this principles-based Voluntary Code of Conduct that is being developed for providers of ESG data and ratings will be helpful for our members, given the amount of time/resource IR departments currently spend dealing with these agencies.

IR Society News Consultation Responses Policy & Positions Research & Surveys 13 September, 2023

Society responds to the FRC’s Corporate Governance Code proposals

In this IR Society response, which draws on the findings from recent member research on the FRC's proposals of most relevance to IROs, the Society is generally supportive of the proposed reforms, but calls for more flexibility and less prescription in certain areas, for example, audit committee oversight of narrative and sustainability reporting given many corporates already have a sustainability committee. The Society expresses support for increased transparency around malus and clawback arrangements, although calls for more clarity around disclosure of their ‘usage’. The Society also identifies several areas where more detailed guidance would be helpful, including ‘good’ outcome reporting, ‘significant’ appointments for ‘over-boarding’ disclosures, audit committee engagement with shareholders and oversight of narrative/sustainability reporting.

IR Society News Consultation Responses Policy & Positions 30 June, 2023

Society responds to the FCA Listing Rule Proposals in CP23/10

In this IR Society response, which draws on the findings from recent IRO member research on the FCA's proposed changes to the Listing Rules and on current levels of investment research in the UK, the Society was generally supportive of the proposed reforms given most IRO respondents thought the FCA proposals would reduce regulatory barriers for companies and bolster UK competitiveness. However, the Society highlights concern that a lack of shareholder approvals for major transactions could lead to significant legal and advisory costs in the early days, until a more streamlined approach based on successful transactions establishes best practice, and that a generous transition period could be needed for current standard listings to allow them to comply with the more onerous ‘single category’ continuing obligations. The Society also mentions that liquidity, depth of markets, and comparable peers are thought of by IRO respondents as the most important factors in deciding where to list the proposals, with regulation and valuations also seen as significant factors. The response also highlights some more significant issues that the Society believes may also influence the attractiveness and competitiveness of the London markets, including the UK market’s sensitivity to Directors' remuneration and compensation structures, the quality and timeliness of Investment Research, the need to encourage funds flow into UK asset managers, the suggestion of establishing a framework that better enables companies to identify all short-sellers so that they can engage with them (if they wish), and the UK’s overlapping disclosure and filing obligations which could benefit from being streamlined and simplified.

IR Society News Consultation Responses Policy & Positions 30 June, 2023

Society responds to the ESG data and ratings HM Treasury Consultation

In this IR Society response, which draws on the findings from recent IRO member research on ESG data and ratings, which underline the importance of ESG ratings to corporates, illustrate a level of dissatisfaction with the quality of engagement between companies and ratings agencies, and indicate strong support for their regulation (90% of respondent IROs think they should be regulated by the FCA). The response also: • recommends that the UK regime is based on recommendations from IOSCO, to avoid regulatory arbitrage across jurisdictions; • calls for consistency and harmonisation with overseas equivalent regulations eg the EU’s recently published Proposal for regulating ESG ratings providers; and • recommends an appropriate transitional period, a phased approach so that smaller agencies have a longer transition period and an ongoing initial ‘start up’ period for new providers.

IR Society News 30 June, 2023

The IR Society announces appointments of new Chair and Deputy Chairs

The Investor Relations Society (the Society) is pleased to announce that Douglas Radcliffe, Group Investor Relations Director at Lloyds Banking Group and former Deputy Chair of the Society has assumed the role of Chair

IR Society News Research & Surveys 14 June, 2023

Findings from 2023 Society IRO Survey on ESG Data and Ratings

Recent survey of IRO members provides insight into their experiences with ESG data and ratings agencies.

IR Society News Industry News 5 May, 2023

Signalling sustainability amidst uncertainty

Katya Gorbatiouk of the London Stock Exchange outlines her thoughts on the direction of travel for sustainability communications, the key areas where transparency is expected by capital providers and the implications for the mission-critical role of the IR function.

IR Society News Industry News 3 May, 2023

IR Society 2023 Best Practice Awards entries open today

The IR Society, the UK’s professional body for investor relations practitioners, today launches its 23rd Annual Best Practice Awards (the ‘Awards’).

IR Society News Consultation Responses Policy & Positions 24 April, 2023

Society responds to the Review of Investment Research

The IR Society response to this call for evidence indicates that it will be conducting some further member research on current levels of coverage, and also refers to our 2021 MIFID II survey that illustrated the impact on sell-side coverage and quality, the reduced role of corporate broking services and the significant increase in direct interaction between IR departments and investors which has ensued.

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