Reporting Archive

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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Nov 13, 2019
Companies failing to make use of annual report content, says study
For many IR teams, the annual report is one of the biggest projects of the year. Countless hours are poured into planning, writing, editing and proofing it over a timeframe usually lasting several months.  Yet, once all that work is finished, companies are failing to make the most of the time and effort invested, according to a new study. Nexxar, the corporate reporting firm based in Austria, polled listed companies across the DACH region – comprising Germany, Au...
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Oct 31, 2019
Planning stress-free earnings: What you need to know
Sponsored content IROs don’t need to be told that earnings calls are one of their most important duties. As a key point of contact with so many stakeholders and market participants, and with such a quantity of information and materials to prepare, the lead-up to the day of the call can be taxing (to say the least). But it is indeed possible to keep earnings relatively stress-free. It’s all about tackling the big day with the right pre...
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Oct 29, 2019
GM balks at SEC’s disclosure update plan
General Motors (GM) officials have raised concerns about aspects of SEC plans to revamp corporate disclosures. The commission in August proposed to change rules – often in a principles-based direction – to update the description of business, legal proceedings and risk-factor disclosures companies must make under Regulation SK. The idea is to improve disclosures for investors and simplify complian...
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Oct 23, 2019
Companies urged to up game on climate disclosure
Companies need to step up their reporting on climate-related issues, according to a new report from the UK’s Financial Reporting Council (FRC).  The 86-page document, released this week, sets out investor expectations for disclosures about climate change and suggests a range of questions companies can ask themselves to improve their reporting....
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Oct 08, 2019
Report highlights evolving ESG disclosure in proxy statements
US companies are continuing to ramp up ESG-related disclosures and visual presentations of board processes in their proxy statements, according to an analysis of this year’s crop. Companies have been expanding their reporting on ESG matters amid growing investor interest in those topics. Donnelley Financial Solutions’ (DFIN) report on 2019 proxy statements highlights how far that reporting has come in one of the most important tools issuers have to communicate w...
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