IR Society celebrates the ascent of IR at Best Practice Awards

At Tuesday night’s annual Investor Relations Society Best Practice Awards dinner at the Tower of London, the IR Society recognised those companies that are leading the way in engaging with the capital markets, building trust, and strengthening corporate reputation.

London, 22 November 2017

IR Society celebrates the ascent of IR at Best Practice Awards

At Tuesday night’s annual Investor Relations Society Best Practice Awards dinner at the Tower of London, the IR Society recognised those companies that are leading the way in engaging with the capital markets, building trust, and strengthening corporate reputation.

This premier event in the IR calendar was hosted by writer, broadcaster and Church of England priest, Reverend Richard Coles and saw over 530 IR professionals gathered together.

There were two sets of awards presented – the Self-entry awards, with the winners determined by a panel of judges, and the Voted awards, with the winners determined by votes cast by the buy- and sell-sides. This year, saw a new award introduced – Best Investor Engagement – as voted for by company IROs for an investor/buy-side firm that the investment community believes represents the best in investor engagement with companies.

The Society was delighted with an even greater number of entries again this year and the standard and quality of entries remains high. With some fiercely fought categories, 15 different companies collected the 15 Self-entry awards. Rentokil Initial triumphed in the FTSE 100 category for best overall communication of company investment proposition.  Best annual report was won by Standard Chartered (FTSE 100), Howdens Joinery (FTSE 250), AO World (Small-cap & AIM) and Adecco Group (International).

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

“Promoting best practice is one of the Society’s key reasons for existing and it’s great to see the boundaries being pushed once again at this year’s Best Practice Awards. The standard was very high, but what’s most pleasing is to see that high standards are being pushed more broadly across the board as the professionalism of IR improves communication between companies and the markets. Yet again these companies and individuals have demonstrated the ability to communicate clearly what differentiates their company in engaging with investors. Congratulations to them all.”

In the Voted awards, AstraZeneca celebrated winning Best Overall Company IR. The award-winning team is applauded for being very knowledgeable, and providing good disclosure on company and industry trends. Congratulations also go to James Collins at J Sainsbury for winning Best Newcomer to IR and to Thomas Kudsk Larsen from AstraZeneca who was named Best IRO.

Click here for a full list of award winners

About the awards
Now in their 17th 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.

In 2014 and 2015, we streamlined the awards to reflect changes in the operating and regulatory environment that have led to the need for faster, clearer and more dynamic investor communications. In 2016, we added a new award category, Best IPO IR communications. This year, saw a new award introduced – Best Investor Engagement – as voted for by company IROs for an investor/buy-side firm that the investment community believes represents the best in investor engagement with companies. 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 2017 was:

David Lloyd-Seed (Chair) – IR Society

Dr Kenneth Amaeshi – University of Edinburgh Business School

Hamish Clark – Fidelity Management & Research

Hilary Eastman – PwC

Phil Fitz-Gerald – FRC Financial Reporting Lab

Will Goodhart – CFA Society UK

Elly Irving – Schroders

Giles Peel – DAC Beachcroft

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 with WeConvene Extel who has helped us to address a larger audience and voting universe comprising the buy- and sell-sides. The nominations included 224 companies and 266 IROs, of which 20 were newcomers to the industry. This year’s inaugural Best Investor Engagement award included 126 buy-side company nominations.

For further information contact:

The Investor Relations Society
John Gollifer – General Manager 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 800 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 22 November, 2017

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