IR Leader
September 03, 2019

Are you new to the investor relations profession and want to kickstart your career? Are you looking to expand your investor relations skills while building your network? Then we have the resources you need, in one convenient and affordable bundle.

This bundle includes:

  • Registration to the Essentials of Investor Relations in Toronto (Value: $1,050);

  • A CIRI National and Chapter Membership (Value: $740);

  • Standards and Guidance for Disclosure and Model Disclosure Policy (Value: $500); and

  • Guide to Developing an Investor Relations Program (Value: $135).

Total retail value: $2,425
CIRI's Membership/2019 Essentials of IR: $1,490
That's a savings of more than $900!

Contact Lora Turner for more information on this offer. 

Click here to visit the Essentials of IR website where you can view the program; learn about speakers; see who is sponsoring and exhibiting; and find more information about the Membership/2019 Essentials of IR bundle. 

Join CIRI for this year’s Essentials of IR program in Toronto, September 9-10!

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Top Stories

Are You Ready for Environmentally Responsible Disclosure?

On August 1, 2019, staff of the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) issued a public notice on the principles and rules governing the disclosure of information concerning climate change-related risks (CSA Staff Notice 51-358 - Reporting of Climate Change-related Risks) (Notice 51-358).

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SEC Issues Guidance on the Application of the Proxy Rules to Voting Advice

With the increased concentration of share ownership by institutional investors over the past several decades, the influence of proxy advisory firms on shareholder votes has grown dramatically, all while the proxy regulatory process has become more complex. As noted by Chairman Jay Clayton of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), "Commission rule changes, state law changes, corporate governance practices, technology and other factors have all increased the significance of shareholder voting in our public capital markets."

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Climate Change-Related Risks and their Potential Financial Impacts Classified as Mainstream Business Issues by CSA

New CSA guidance highlights the importance of climate change-related disclosure to securities regulators and investors and aims to assist issuers in identifying, and improving disclosure of, material risks posed by climate change.

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Shift from Shareholder Value to Stakeholder-Focused Model for Top US Firms

Business Roundtable reveals corporations to drop idea they function to serve shareholders only.

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Where is Canada on Climate Change Disclosure? More Guidance; But Old Rules

Demands for better reporting on climate change risks and opportunities by investors and the public have been increasing, prompting the Canadian Securities Administrators in March 2017 to launch a climate change disclosure review. One result of that review was the issuance on August 1, 2019 of CSA Staff Notice 51-358 Reporting of Climate Change-related Risks [PDF] (the Staff Notice). The Staff Notice provides guidance, but the CSA has chosen not to make any changes to existing requirements for disclosure, although the door is left open for changes in the future.

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PRI Highlights Need For Improved ESG Data

The Principles for Responsible Investment, the United Nations-supported body, has highlighted the need for better environmental, social and governance data, especially through convergence of reporting standards.

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Investors Want More Standardized Sustainability Disclosures

According to this recent study from consulting firm McKinsey, investors want to see a different kind of sustainability reporting. The authors observe that, in light of mounting evidence "that the financial performance of companies corresponds to how well they contend with environmental, social, governance (ESG), and other non-financial matters, more investors are seeking to determine whether executives are running their businesses with such issues in mind." Although there has been an increase in sustainability reporting, McKinsey's survey revealed that investors believe that "they cannot readily use companies' sustainability disclosures to inform investment decisions and advice accurately."

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