Reporting Archive

Jan 24, 2020
GM scores back-to-back proxy statement awards
GM won the best proxy statement (large cap) category for the second consecutive year at the 2019 awards. Its entry showed clear progression from the previous year’s award-winning proxy statement, and both publications emphasize the growing importance of communicating a cohesive theme through the proxy statement. In 2017 GM faced a proxy contest with Greenlight Capital in which the investor questioned the company’s capital allocation and the makeup of the board. ...
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Jan 06, 2020
Regulators continue focus on Brexit disclosures
Listed companies are being encouraged to pay close attention to their Brexit-related corporate reporting as the UK’s exit from the European Union draws near.  The UK’s Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has announced it will carry out a thematic review into the impact of the decision to leave the EU on corporate disclosures. The thematic reviews are used to identify best practice and areas that require improvement. The FRC, which monitors reporting qualit...
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Jan 03, 2020
How SASB aims to keep its standards relevant
The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) has reportedly seen the number of companies using its standards double since late 2018. Its lead analyst caught up with IR Magazine and Corporate Secretary to outline how the group will keep its guidelines up to date. Speaking at the ESG Integration Forum – US 2019, Anton Gorodniuk outline...
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Dec 17, 2019
GM governance team discusses benefits of collaboration on proxy statements
GM’s securities counsel John Kim says he is proud of how the company worked cross-functionally to deliver its award-winning proxy statement this year. GM won the best proxy statement (large cap) category at the Corporate Governance Awards for the second consecutive year. The company’s 2018 proxy statement was largely a response to a proxy contest with Greenlight Capital, whereas the 2019 statement was used to focus more on the company’s long-term vision. ...
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Dec 12, 2019
More than 100 companies using SASB standards
It’s been one year since the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) launched its 77 industry-specific reporting standards, and the non-profit says 120 companies are now using the standards in their ESG reporting. SASB launched its standards in November 2018, having worked with a large investor advisory group since 2011 to determine the material ESG factor...
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Nov 28, 2019
Something to report: Key findings from research into reporting and disclosure
The IR Magazine Reporting & Disclosure report paints a picture of how this important part of good governance and investor communications is evolving. For example, nine in 10 companies have an online version of their annual report available, while 78 percent continue to provide a printed version. But for Scott Payton, managing partner at Londonbased online corporate communications company Bowen Craggs & Co, this is something that will change. ‘I re...
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Nov 26, 2019
Who should lead ESG communications within companies?
For many companies, ESG communications really get going when the general counsel is taking the lead, according to Stephen James, head of EMEA business at ISS Corporate Solutions. Speaking at the ESG Integration Forum – Europe 2019, hosted by IR Magazine and online sister publication Corporate Secretary, James said investor relations, along with other departme...
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Nov 18, 2019
IR papers: Airing your dirty laundry can irritate your investors
Investors punish firms that voluntarily disclose the existence of an SEC fraud investigation – even more so when those firms are exonerated, according to a new study. Sampling around 600 investigations, researchers find disclosers underperform other non-sanctioned firms that stay silent by almost 7 percent in the two months following the announcement. The gap rises to 12.7 percent after one year. What’s more, CEOs at disclosing firms are nearly 14 percent more likely t...
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Nov 18, 2019
Inside Blackbaud’s efforts to produce second annual social responsibility report
Late last month, Blackbaud launched its second annual social responsibility report, which provides an in-depth look at the company’s global social responsibility, governance, ethical practices and dedication to sustainability. Steve Hufford, Blackbaud’s director of investor relations, notes that producing this type of report is such an important undertaking for companies that it reaches across disciplines within the organization. ‘When the topic of ESG ...
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