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To protect the long-term investment interests of beneficiaries by promoting the highest standards of corporate governance and corporate responsibility amongst investee companies.

 

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Consultations

The following lists the various consultation responses submitted by the Forum on key government proposals regarding corporate governance, environmental reporting and investor stewardship.

 

2017

Corporate Governance Reform

LAPFF’s response focuses on how to ensure that executive pay is properly aligned to long-term performance and on giving greater voice to employees and consumers in the boardroom.  It also sets out where there are major problems with the FRC as the regulator of governance, accounts and financial reporting.

LAPFF Response to BEIS Green Paper on Corporate Governance

 

Task Force on Climate-Related Disclosure Phase II Consultation

LAPFF supports the recommendations of the FSB Taskforce and considers all market participants should be encouraged to aim for full implementation. The Forum further considers that guidance could go beyond promoting disclosure of scenario that reflects a 1.5 – 2 degree future, to recommending that companies should be positioning themselves for a low carbon future by disclosing a strategic business transition plan.

LAPFF response to Taskforce Phase II Consultation

 

 

 

2016

Task Force on Climate Disclosure’s Phase I Consultation

The Forum encourages a forward-looking focus on detailed quantitative and qualitative reporting, supported by additional narrative where necessary, across five elements: operational emissions; strategic resilience; research and development; the governance of company policy implementation on climate change and key performance indicators; and public policy.  Within this framework, LAPFF strongly encourages scenario and sensitivity analysis, to rigorously test companies’ assumptions, and to provide a comparable and consistent approach to disclosure.

LAPFF response to the Task Force on Climate Disclosure’s Phase I Consultation

 

 

In response to the Department for Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) invitation to comment on the Local Government Pension Scheme (Management and Investment of Funds) Regulations 2016, the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF) has responded with a number of comments and observations aimed at taking the regulations forward; ensuring they are practical and robust; and facilitating a good working relationship between Government and administering authorities. For details, see the DCLG letter and consultation response.

 

 

2015

Consultation on Corporate Human Rights Benchmark

LAPFF has responded to a consultation on the development of a corporate human rights benchmark calling for increased reporting of examples pertaining to the implementation of corporate human rights policies and systems. LAPFF finds that often annual reports and CSR reports provide great detail and evidence of the existence of policies and systems but very little information on how these tools work in practice. In order to assess the actual impact of the tools, an explicit request for examples would be extremely helpful in understanding whether financial, operational and reputational risks are likely, and if so, what they are likely to be.

LAPFF response on Corporate Human Rights Benchmark

 

Consultation Paper on Review of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange ESG Reporting Guide

LAPFF has responded to a consultation paper issued by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on its Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Reporting Guide calling for mandatory reporting of carbon emissions.  The Forum has welcomed and endorsed the move towards a ‘comply or explain’ approach for other aspects of reporting and considers this may set a model for other exchanges for reporting on the governance of material environmental and social issues.

Response HK ESG consultation

 

Government Equalities Consultation on Closing the Gender Pay Gap

LAPFF is a member of the Investor Group of the 30% Club which has responded to the consultation. The 30% Club is a group of Chairmen voluntarily committed to bringing more women onto UK corporate boards.

30% Club response to the Pay Gap consultation

 

EFRAG – call for comments on draft endorsement advice on IFRS 9

LAPFF has responded to the draft endorsement advice by the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) on the proposed replacement of EU-IAS 39 with IFRS 9. LAPFF believes that EFRAG has been lacking objective and transparent legal criteria for assessing the true and fair view principle of the law for IFRS endorsement and as a result has not been following the correct model of true and fair view in endorsing IFRS.

LAPFF response to the draft endorsement advice by the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG)

 

BIS discussion document – Auditor Regulation – implication of EU and wider reforms

LAPFF has responded to a BIS discussion document to express its concern about the delegation of any statutory powers to the Financial Reporting Council (“FRC”) and its constituent boards unless there is substantial reform of the governance of the FRC and its boards.

LAPFF has responded to a BIS discussion


FRC Consultation – Auditing and ethical standards implementation of the EU Audit Directive and Audit Regulation

LAPFF does not support any further powers being given to the FRC without substantial governance reform of the FRC resulting in demonstrable independence of the FRC from the auditing profession, and has written to BIS accordingly.

LAPFF response to FRC consultation

 

DWP Changes to Investment Management Regulations

The LAPFF response is confined to matters that also relate to the investment activities of local authority pension funds and that have implications for LGPS investment regulations currently in place.

LAPFF response to DWP consultation

 

 

2014

IAS consultation on the impact of IFRS in the EU

LAPFF, together with a group of nine UK organisations has made a joint submission to the European Commission on the impact of International Financial Reporting Standards.  The participating institutions include individual asset management firms, pension funds and associations.

LAPFF and investor coalition joint response to EC on impact of IFRS

 

FRC Consultation on Changes to the Corporate Governance Code

LAPFF welcomes some proposed changes to the Code such as those relating to new regulatory initiatives on directors’ remuneration, but flags up concerns in the wording of other areas such as on going concern.

LAPFF response to FRC Corporate Governance Code Consultation

 

Law Commission Fiduciary Duty Consultation

The LAPFF response to the Law Commission consultation presents a LGPS perspective on key issues of stewardship, short termism and beneficiaries' interests.

LAPFF response to Fiduciary Duty Consultation

 

FRC consultation on Sharman and Going Concern

LAPFF supports the original Sharman proposals, not the FRC proposed amendments. Recent FRC statements on the quality of audits at UK banks would suggest that auditors should be undertaking their basic task properly as opposed to providing assurance against financial reporting standards

LAPFF response to FRC consultation on Sharman and Going Concern

 

 

2013

FRC consultation on executive pay

LAPFF supports clawback and malus provisions for directors pay but has concerns that setting out that the purpose of pay is to ‘attract, retain and motivate’ perpetuates some common misunderstandings about how the market for executive talent operates.

LAPFF response to FRC consultation on executive pay

 

FRC Consultation on the strategic report

LAPFF raises fundamental questions about the status and compatibility of the proposed Strategic Report with UK Company Law and the preparation of annual accounts for shareholder approval.

LAPFF response to FRC consultation on Strategic Report

 

LAPFF is a member of the Investor Group of the 30% Club, a group of Chairmen voluntarily committee to bringing more women onto UK corporate boards. The submission focuses on paras 6.68 to 6.71 of the exposure draft.

30% Club response to FRC Strategy Report consultation

 

SEC Consultation on Pay Ratio Disclosure

LAPFF supports SEC action to facilitate meaningful corporate disclosure of executive pay ratios and flags up various points to consider in developing guidance for the implementation methodology.

LAPFF response to SEC Consultation on Pay Ratio Disclosure

 

BIS discussion paper on company ownership, transparency and trust

LAPFF replies to BIS' proposal to enhance corporate transparency by improving the ability to know who really owns and controls UK companies.

LAPFF response to BIS' discussion paper

 

IIRC consultation on draft of International IR framework

LAPFF concurs with IR that corporate reporting needs to evolve to provide concise communication on strategy, governance, performance and prospects and the link to short, medium and long-term value creation.

LAPFF response to the draft International IR framework

 

Letter to the UK Competition Commission on Auditor Rotation

LAPFF reiterates support for a regulatory backstop to audit firm tenure to further the protection of auditor independence as well as limits to non-audit fees.

 

FRC Consultation on Revision to ISA 700

LAPFF welcomes the requirement for the auditor’s report to address risks of material misstatement, materiality and a summary of the audit scope in the form it is proposed and identifies beneficial outcomes for both shareholders and auditors.

LAPFF response to the FRC ISA 700 consultation

 

FRC Consultation on Sharman Implementation

The Sharman Panel recognises that assessing going concern requires prudent accounting policies, and that this assessment is not consistent with IFRS in several material respects.  In LAPFF’s opinion, the parties who have been setting and endorsing accounting standards have been missing the fundamentals of prudent accounting and true and fair view altogether.

LAPFF response to the FRC on the Sharman implementation

 

FRC Consultation on Financial Reporting Disclosure

It is the Forum's view that the consultation is trying to address problems of disclosure overload with IFRS, which are symptoms of its defects, rather than tackling the core problem that IFRS is not delivering a true and fair view.

LAPFF response to the FRC on Financial Reporting Disclosure

 

FSA Consultation on Listing Rules

LAPFF advocates greater investor protection in the UK listing regime and argues against the proposed dual voting structure for directors. LAPFF also suggests raising the free-float threshold of 25%.

LAPFF response to the FSA on listing rules

 

2012

DCLG Investment in Partnerships Consultation

LAPFF expresses support for the proposed 30% limit to investing in partnership, arguing that it will facilitate greater investment.

LAPFF response to DCLG on investment in partnerships

 

ICSA Consultation on engagement between companies and investors

LAPFF welcomes the ICSA approach but suggests that an overly bureaucratic approach to engagement can dilute the investor message and lead to less productive outcomes in company meetings. The Forum sees  no need for any intermediary mediation service and prefers direct engagement with company officials, November 2012.

LAPFF Response to ICSA on company engagement

 

DEFRA Consultation on greenhouse gas emissions reporting regulations

LAPFF supports the new regulations requiring companies to report their greenhouse gas emissions and recommends that the government provide consistent guidance regarding the specific methodology required to calculate emissions, October 2012.

LAPFF Response to DEFRA on ghg reporting

 

FRC Consultation on UK Corporate Governance Code Guidance on Audit Committees

LAPFF recommends against any reference to the non-statutory term ‘fair and balanced’ and advocates in favour of the ‘true and fair view’ standard of accounting, July 2012.

LAPFF Response to the FRC on Corporate Governance Code

 

FRC Consultation on Revisions to the UK Stewardship Code

LAPFF's response includes views on the respective responsibilities of asset owners and asset managers and on stock lending policy, July 2012.

LAPFF Response to FRC on Stewardship

 

House of Lords Consultation on Gender Balance

The 30% Club, which LAPFF is an investor supporter, advocates for voluntary measures to increase the number of women on UK corporate boards, June 2012.

30% Club Response to House of Lords on Board Diversity

 

Treasury Select Committee Consultation on Corporate Governance and Remuneration

LAPFF response argues that effective financial governance relies on properly audited accounting information, May 2012.

LAPFF response to Treasury Select Committee

 

Consultation on Gender imbalance in corporate boards in the EU

Response advocates for a 'comply or explain' approach to increasing the number of women on corporate boards, May 2012.

LAPFF Cover Letter to 30% Club Submission

30% Club response to EU gender imbalance

 

FSA Consultation on Listing Rules

Group submission supporting the upholding of minority rights and proposing amendments to listing rules for additional investor protection, April 2012.

LAPFF response to FSA re UK Listing Authority

 

BIS Consultation on Executive Pay and Shareholder Voting Rights

LAPFF expresses its views on shareholder voting rights and a binding vote on executive remuneration, April 2012.

LAPFF response to BIS on Shareholder Voting Rights

 

 

2011

FTSE Consultation on Free Float Threshold

Response to FTSE consultation on index methodology and free float thresholds, November 2011.

 

LAPFF response to the Kay Review, November 2011.

 

LAPFF response to the BIS consultation on Narrative Reporting, November 2011.

 

LAPFF response to the BIS Discussion Paper on Executive Remuneration, November 2011.

 

LAPFF response to amended areas that are of relevance to the Forum's activities, October 2011.

 

LAPFF response to the FRC consultation document on     increasing gender diversity on corporate boards, July 2011.

 

LAPFF response to the EC Corporate Governance paper. The EC paper focuses on three main areas: boards of directors, shareholders’ engagement and the “comply or explain” approach, July 2011.

 

LAPFF response to the DEFRA consultation on introducing regulations requiring companies to report on carbon emissions, July 2011

 

LAPFF response to the FRC consultation on the Sharman Inquiry, June 2011


LAPFF response to SEC consultation on rules requiring listing standards for compensation committees and compensation consultants, May 2011

 

LAPFF Response to 'Effective Company Stewardship: Enhancing Corporate Reporting and Audits’, March 2011

 

LAPFF Response to SEC approved proposed rules implementing Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act regarding disclosure of payment made by resource extraction users to governments, January 2011

 

LAPFF Response to EC Consultation on Disclosure of Non-Financial Information by Companies, January 2011

 

LAPFF Response to BIS Review on Corporate Governance and Short Termism, January 2011

 

 

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