IR Society Best Practice Awards 2018: Celebrating companies leading in Investor Relations

At Tuesday night’s annual Investor Relations Society Best Practice Awards, the IR Society gathered together with over 500 professionals from across the capital markets to recognise the companies leading the way in engaging with the capital markets, demonstrating trust, and strengthening corporate reputation through Investor Relations.

London, 21 November 2018

IR Society Best Practice Awards 2018: Celebrating companies leading in Investor Relations

At Tuesday night’s annual Investor Relations Society Best Practice Awards, the IR Society gathered together with over 500 professionals from across the capital markets to recognise the companies leading the way in engaging with the capital markets, demonstrating trust, and strengthening corporate reputation through Investor Relations.

Two categories of awards were presented – the Self-entry awards, with the winners determined by a panel of experienced professionals from across the capital markets landscape and Voted awards, determined by votes cast by the buy- and sell-sides.

The breadth of quality of Investor Relations across the market was demonstrated as thirteen different companies collected the fifteen self-entry awards. There were two were double award winners on the night as British Land and Valmet both won the Grand Prix award: Best overall communication of company investment proposition and Best use of digital communications in their respective categories, FTSE 100 and International.

In the Voted awards, easyJet celebrated winning Best Overall Company IR and their head of IR Stuart Morgan was also named Best IRO. The award-winning team is credited with being very open and honest and balanced in their communications with the market. Congratulations also go to David Phillips at Hays for winning Best Newcomer to IR.

David Lloyd-Seed, Chair of the IR Society, said:

“A key part of the Society’s raison d’etre is to set out the basis for, and to promote, Best Practice in our industry. Each year I am excited to see how companies are pushing the boundaries of IR Best Practice, and it’s good to see that that trend is continuing. There is a greater emphasis on explaining what companies do to make the business better, in a responsible way, and justify rewards. In addition, this year, we saw some great examples of how companies are responding to the increasing demands of ESG by investors.

Many congratulations to all the winners who demonstrated the core values we look to promote in our industry, integrity, trust, clarity and engagement.”

Click here for a full list of award winners.

About the awards
Now in their 18th year, the Self-entry Awards are open to all companies that wish to demonstrate their commitment to leading investor communications. This year’s awards saw over 170 entries. The overall quality of entries remains high and the process thorough and competitive.

Entries are scored against criteria based on the Society’s guidelines for best practice in investor communications. We also ask companies to add a statement of their own to support the entry. This gives companies an opportunity to share their approach to the award and to highlight what works for them and their audience. Having completed the scoring on both a quantitative and qualitative basis, with expert input from independent third parties, the shortlists are submitted to a panel of judges. This year’s judging panel has further evolved to draw on specialists from right across the IR universe including from fund management, financial reporting, capital market advisory, company secretaries, CSR and IR. The winners were chosen from the shortlist.

The judging panel for 2018 was:

David Lloyd-Seed (Chair) – IR Society

Hamish Clark – Fidelity Management & Research

John Dawson – Statera Partners

Hilary Eastman – PwC

Phil Fitz-Gerald – FRC Financial Reporting Lab

Will Goodhart – CFA Society UK

Giles Peel – DCO Partners

Peregrine Riviere – Riviere & Co

Caroline Stockmann – ACT

Peter Swabey – ICSA

Thomas Toomse-Smith – FRC Financial Reporting Lab

Chrysoula Zervoudakis – Independent

For the voted awards, which recognise excellence in individual and team investor relations, we were delighted to be working in partnership once again with Extel, an Institutional Investor company, who has helped us to address a larger audience and voting universe comprising the buy- and sell-sides. The nominations included 154 companies and 210 IROs, of which 22 were newcomers to the industry. The Best Investor Engagement award included 120 buy-side company nominations.

For further information contact:

The Investor Relations Society
Gary Davies – CEO Tel. No: 020 7379 1763
Laura Hayter – Head of Policy and Communications Tel. No: 020 7379 1763

Notes for editors:

The Investor Relations Society
The Investor Relations Society (IR Society) is a membership organisation that exists to promote best practice investor relations in the UK and beyond. It is run by IR professionals for IR professionals.
Established in 1980, the IR Society’s mission is to promote best practice in investor relations; to support the professional development of its members; to represent their views to regulatory bodies, the investment community and government; and to act as a forum for issuers and the investment community.

The Society has over 850 members from the UK, Europe and beyond, including representatives from most of the FTSE 100, a large number of FTSE 250 companies and a number of AIM and smaller companies as well as IR advisors and service providers. For more information visit www.irs.org.uk or connect with us on Twitter (@IRSocietyUK) or LinkedIn

Published 20 November, 2018

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