Tag Archives: SEC

Did we say transparency? Never mind

Just as Canadian miners are reporting payments to governments for the first time under ESTMA, the new Republican administration has done a full 180. The U.S., once a disclosure leader, is now bucking the trend
By Diane Peters
March 2nd, 2017

Irony is great when it turns up in novels or movies. But when it surfaces where it doesn’t belong—in connection with legislation governing the business and reporting practices of international mining and resources companies, say—things can get awkward. Or worse. … Continue reading

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The bottom line comes full circle

Triple bottom line was a great concept. But as investors clamour to include ESG (environmental, social and governance) factors in their decision-making, a new era of harmonized reporting—effectively, a single, integrated bottom line—is nigh
By John Greenwood
October 10th, 2016

“History will judge today’s effort as pivotal,” said U.S. president Barack Obama, as he and Xi Jingping, the president of China, ratified the Paris climate accord in early September. If the comments sounded auspicious, they are. That the leaders of … Continue reading

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A not-so-foreign affair

The SEC’s new CEO pay-ratio disclosure rule for U.S.-listed companies may not apply to Canadian issuers, but if you think it won’t have an impact here on the way compensation is talked about, scrutinized and calculated, you better think again
By Ken Mark
October 10th, 2015

What’s in a number? Quite a lot, based on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s implementation in August of a rule requiring all firms listed on U.S. stock exchanges to calculate and disclose the ratio of their CEO’s total annual … Continue reading

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Is everybody out there?

What’s the biggest way social media and online culture is changing how companies communicate? Exclusivity is history.Whatever message you’re delivering, know that every shareholder, stakeholder and critic is within earshot
By Jim Middlemiss
August 24th, 2014

When Bombardier Inc. launched the maiden flight of its CSeries jet last September, the company broadcast the three-hour-plus event in a live, bilingual webcast that was more Canada AM than a traditional corporate video. Held outdoors at the Mirabel airport … Continue reading

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Put spontaneity in its place

There are good reasons for boards and senior executives to use Twitter and Facebook. With a few exceptions, investor relations still isn’t one of them
By Chaya Cooperberg
April 12th, 2013

It is fair to say that investor relations practitioners have been slower to embrace social media than their colleagues in other spheres of the communications profession. When the subject of social media comes up, IROs tend to start spouting cautionary … Continue reading

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Conflict goes up the chain

New SEC rules on conflict-mineral disclosure put scrutiny on sourcing
By Celia Milne
March 1st, 2013

Does your company use conflict minerals? Where do your suppliers source their ingredients? If you haven’t heard that question a lot yet, you soon will—now that management and boards in many sectors are tracking use of minerals that might fund … Continue reading

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More ways to the market

New U.S. legislation could make it easier for smaller Canadian firms to get an American listing. But it’s one particular rule, letting start-ups sell shares via crowdfunding, that has our tech industry buzzing
By Mark Anderson
June 18th, 2012

Beginning next year, when the so-called U.S. JOBS Act is implemented, American start-ups are going to find it a lot easier to launch initial public offerings and raise money through private placements. But will Canadian companies get in on the … Continue reading

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