The Financial Reporting Council confirmed on 28 September 2012 that it is going ahead with changes to the UK Corporate Governance Code and the Stewardship Code. These changes were consulted on in April 2012, as we discussed here. The changes to both Codes are ”intended to increase accountability and engagement through the investment chain”. The FRC’s press release is here.
The FRC has also published an updated edition of its Guidance on Audit Committees to reflect the changes to the UK Corporate Governance Code, and will carry out further consultation on whether changes are needed to those parts of the UK Corporate Governance Code dealing with remuneration when the Government’s legislation on remuneration reporting and voting has been finalised. Any changes following this consultation will be effected in the next edition of the Code.
UK Corporate Governance Code
Here is the FRC’s summary of the changes to the Governance Code: