IR Leader
September 26, 2023

ESG Resources Webpage, developed to help you stay informed on what is most important to issuers relating to the evolving ESG landscape and the associated reporting requirements. Here, you will find relevant resources to inform you of the changes, requirements and references available as you navigate the vast and constantly evolving topic of ESG and its impact on issuers and IROs.

On August 30, we issued an Issues Backgrounder: New Developments in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Disclosure for Companies that addresses the current ESG landscape as well as what expectations are on the horizon.

IR focus: Earnings Guidance: Best Practices for IROs  was published on May 16. In this issue, we examine earnings guidance from the perspective of those who offer it, with a view to gaining insight into what information they provide, why, the cost/benefits of doing so and how IR teams participate in the practice.

IR focus Issue 3, Dipping Your Toe or Taking the Plunge: How IROs Can Get Started with AI will be published in September.

IR leader Issue 2 was published on July 11. This issue contains timely and relevant articles, including:

  • Generative AI: The Good, The Bad, and Everything In Between
  • ESG, and the Risks of Misrepresentation
  • Ontario Securities Commission's Statement of Priorities for 2023-2024
  • Small-Cap Versus Large-Cap Companies. Is Bigger Necessarily Better?
  • Biodiversity is Rising to the Top of the Investor Agenda

Click here to access IR leader Issue 2 - or any previous issue.

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Top Stories

Canadian Securities Regulators Propose Introduction of Expedited Shelf Prospectus Regime for Well-known Seasoned Issuers

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) is seeking public comment on a proposed expedited shelf prospectus regime for well-known seasoned issuers (WKSIs) in Canada.

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IASB to Explore Ways to Improve Reporting of Climate-related and Other Uncertainties in the Financial Statements

The IASB today decided to explore targeted actions to improve the reporting of climate-related and other uncertainties in the financial statements. The possible actions include development of educational materials, illustrative examples and targeted amendments to IFRS Accounting Standards to improve application of existing requirements.

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Why Should Sustainability Reporting be the Boardroom’s Top Priority?

The world is in flux. Business leaders are facing a myriad of crises and challenges – from rising interest rates and inflation to supply chain blockages, driven by the war in Ukraine. You might argue that now is not the time to be adding to the growing to-do list for CEOs and other corporate decision makers, but the reality is that there’s no going back on sustainability.

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Is Your Supply Chain Ready for Canada's Modern Slavery Legislation?

Royal assent was given to the Fighting Against Forced Labour and Child Labour in Supply Chains Act (the Act) in May of 2023. The Act requires many businesses with connections to Canada, and federal government institutions, to report annually on steps that they have taken to prevent and reduce the risk that forced labour or child labour is being used in their supply chains (with the first reports due May 31, 2024).

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B.C. Securities Commission Gains New Powers

On July 17, 2023, the B.C. Securities Commission gained new powers through a package of legislative amendments that aim to strengthen the Commission’s enforcement powers, expand the Commission’s rule-making authority, and help ensure that British Columbia’s securities regulations remain consistent with other provinces’ regulations.

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Meet the CEO of 2025

Find out about the changing profile of a successful CEO, what tomorrow’s CEOs look like, and their differentiating qualities.

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