IR Leader
May 24, 2022
Increased focus on environmental, social and governance performance is bringing Boards of Directors out of the shadows and into the mainstream of stakeholder engagement, with implications for IR teams. Some IROs are leaning into this trend by helping their Boards establish a presence in the marketplace through different forms of outreach. In this issue of IR focus, we examine these emerging practices by sharing ideas from those who are leading the way. 

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G7 Gives Thumbs Up to ISSB Disclosure Standards Plan

Pursuit of global climate standards needs industry, policymaker participation.

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  • The rise of stakeholder value and corporate purpose
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Canadian Securities Regulators Announce Boards of New SRO and IPF and Seek Comment on Draft Documents

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) today announced the proposed board members of the new self-regulatory organization (SRO) and investor protection fund (IPF), and the publication for comment of several documents necessary to launch the new SRO and IPF.

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SEC Extends Comment Period For Proposed Rules on Climate-related Disclosures, Reopens Comment Periods...

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that it has extended the public comment period on the proposed rulemaking to enhance and standardize climate-related disclosures for investors until June 17, 2022.

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OSC Publishes 2022-2023 Statement of Priorities

The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) today issued its 2022-2023 Statement of Priorities (SoP), detailing the four strategic goals and 23 priority areas on which the Commission will focus its resources and actions this fiscal year, as well as the expected outcomes. The final Statement of Priorities is included in the OSC's Business Plan for the Fiscal Years Ending 2023-2025, also published today.

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Corporate Reporting is Evolving: The Boardroom Approach to ESG is Driving Change from the Top

If it seems at times like ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) reporting is a topic that's only gained traction over recent years, it's worth pointing out that the European Union has been taking a strong stance on environmental protections for the last three decades.

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Yes, Investing in ESG Pays Off

Why are leaders so reluctant to make ESG investments? Even those who know they'll pay off are reluctant to do so, for five key reasons. The authors outline each - the numbers hide the truth about the real cost, our biases trick us, we focus on short-term benefits, we think about costs in silos, and we miss the bigger existential costs - and propose a solution for getting past these flawed mental models.

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