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Gather Around – Issue 34 – June 2022

8 July 2022

The regulatory landscape is complex and evolving. Every month we bring you the latest developments in regulation and ‘best practice’ in corporate governance and reporting.
After the uncertainty last month as to whether the long-awaited audit and corporate reform was going to go ahead this year, this month has been dominated by news that the Government will be pressing ahead. BEIS finally published its response to the audit and governance reforms consultation that closed in July last year. The FRC and the ICAEW have both welcomed the move which could result in a shake-up of the audit market and creation of ARGA.
In other news, the FRC has published a revised edition of the Guidance on the Strategic Report to incorporate the new climate-related financial disclosures that became effective for financial years beginning on or after 6 April 2022. A new EU Directive on improving gender balance on Boards has also been announced, interestingly using the phrase ‘underrepresented gender’ rather than ‘female’. And finally, activity in the sustainability reporting space continues to move at pace, with news that the Council and European Parliament have reached a provisional political agreement on the European Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive. Although this new directive will not directly impact UK companies, it will impact UK groups with EU subsidiaries.
If you are struggling to keep pace with the developments in Europe, the US and internationally, KPMG has produced a really useful 16-page guide ‘Comparing sustainability reporting proposals’ answering ten of the most frequently asked questions, including who’s in scope, where and when would information be disclosed, and when would the proposals be effective. Well worth a read.
This month we are also publishing the forth of our best practice papers focusing on strategy and KPI reporting. Read the paper to discover some top tips on how to move your reporting forward.

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