UK reporting diversity

UK reporting watchdog issues diversity warning The majority of the UK’s leading companies are failing to act on boardroom ethnic diversity, a major report by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) reveals. The report, which reveals most of the FTSE 350 do not set measurable ethnicity targets, has fuelled concerns that companies will fail to meet […]

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Workforce reporting needs improvement, FRC

Reporting on workforce-related issues needs to improve to meet investor needs and reflect modern-day practices, according to a new report from the Financial Reporting Council’s  Financial Reporting Lab. Workforce-related matters such as working conditions, changing contractual arrangements and automation have all become areas of increasing investor focus in recent years and the Lab’s report reveals […]

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FRC

Can the FRC rescue its reputation? It has become one of the most disparaged – and lampooned – regulatory institutions of this century. The Financial Reporting Council’s (FRC) oversight of the audit profession has been dubbed everything from ramshackle to timid, to lacking in any real pace or direction. The poor auditing practices of the […]

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Companies face new reporting and governance targets

Companies face new reporting and governance targets Companies have been urged to improve their corporate reporting and governance practices in a new report from the Financial Reporting Council. The FRC published its Annual Review of the UK Corporate Governance Code on Thursday (9 January) with a list of recommendations for businesses. It said that a […]

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The Financial Conduct Authority

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has updated its proxy advisor enforcement rules following industry feedback. The update follows the regulator’s proxy advisor Shareholders’ Rights Regulations (SRD II), which came into force in June, that gave the FCA powers to discipline and investigate proxy advisors. The regulations require proxy advisors to disclose how they produce their […]

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UK corporate reporting

FRC promises corporate governance and reporting crackdown The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is to expand its monitoring of corporate governance and reporting standards as it considers the effectiveness of its new governance code. In its annual report for the year ending 31 March 2019, the FRC said it will continue to tackle poor-quality audit work, […]

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UK corporate reporting

FRC fines treble to £43m as regulator sends “clear message” The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) dealt out a record £43m in fines during the past year for misconduct and breaches, as the regulator accelerated cases to conclusion. The regulator’s Annual Enforcement Review, published at the end of July, shows the FRC almost tripled its fines […]

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Andrea Leadsom leader of the House of Commons

HMRC loses chief to new audit watchdog as Leadsom means business The chief executive of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs service has been confirmed as the person to lead the Financial Reporting Council into the refreshed entity the Audit, Reporting and Governance Authority. Sir Jonathan Thompson, who has led HMRC for a little over three […]

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UK corporate governance code

The Institute of Directors (IoD) has called for tougher rules on executive pay, including greater transparency over the effect of share buy-backs,  in its response to the Financial Reporting Council’s (FRC) consultation on the revised UK corporate governance code. The IoD has also suggested that remuneration committees at large listed companies should be made to report […]

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Labour

The Labour Party has criticised the UK government’s choice of chair for its coalition group that will be developing corporate governance principles for private companies. James Wates CBE, chairman of Wates, a family-owned construction firm, chaired the first meeting of the group this week. The Guardian highlighted that the Wates company is a regular donor to […]

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