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IR Society News 7 August, 2020

Martha Lane Fox confirmed as keynote speaker for the IR Society’s Virtual Annual Conference!

We are delighted to announce that Martha Lane Fox, entrepreneur and internet activist, will be joining our Virtual Annual Conference on 29th September as a keynote speaker

IR Society News 29 July, 2020

Sacha Sadan confirmed as a keynote speaker for the IR Society’s Virtual Annual Conference!

Sacha Sadan confirmed as a keynote speaker for the IR Society’s Virtual Annual Conference!

IR Society News 29 July, 2020

Sir Donald Brydon confirmed as keynote speaker for the IR Society’s Virtual Annual Conference!

We are delighted to announce that Sir Donald Brydon will be joining our Virtual Annual Conference on Tuesday 29th September as a keynote speaker.

Blogs 15 July, 2020

Corporate reporting: challenging times – the only certainty is uncertainty

In troubling times, the value of clear, thoughtful communication that meets investors’ needs only increases. Thomas Toomse-Smith introduces two key reports from the Financial Reporting Lab.

14 July, 2020

IR webinar summary: The changing reputation of IR and managing resources (& your career) post-COVID

In our informative webinar today, our co-hosts Laura Hayter, CEO of the IR Society, and Oskar Yasar, Managing Partner of Broome Yasar, were joined by a high-profile panel of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 senior IROs to discuss how recent events have changed the perception of IR within organisations, and how teams have been adapting and tackling the challenges and opportunities arising from the crisis.

Informed 10 July, 2020

Informed 107 – Summer 2020

With the COVID-19 crisis easing somewhat in the UK and Europe, the focus of this issue is on IR professional development. The main feature is 'IR Career Insights', including interviews with – and articles by – a range of IROs and other experts.

IR Society News Policy & Positions 6 July, 2020

Launch of our updated best practice guidelines!

The IR Society has published its updated best practice guidelines for members, bringing together the Society’s views on the topics of relevance to our profession.

IR Society News Industry News 25 June, 2020

AGM update from David Walker, Chair of the IR Society

In late June as usual we held our AGM, albeit in a very different format given the constraints placed on physical meetings. I’m sure many of you have had similar experiences with your own company AGMs and results – it’ll be really interesting to see how the format of these events changes post-COVID. Will we go back to physical meetings again or will virtual gatherings become common place? Certainly from our perspective at British Land, having delivered our full year results in mid-May and conducted an investor roadshow over the last few weeks, we’ve missed the in-person interaction. Body language, reading the room, understanding different people’s response to your messages, knowing when to stop talking; however you look at it, this is a fundamental part of what we all do – let’s hope we’re back to more normality as soon as possible.

18 June, 2020

Webinar summary: How important is the individual to UK PLC in the current climate?

Today we hosted guest speakers from the London Stock Exchange, PrimaryBid, Equitory and Merian Global Investors for an informative discussion about equity fundraisings and broader corporate engagement with retail investors. This has been a topical issue in recent months due to the large number of capital raisings across UK markets and as companies have navigated through AGM season. Beyond this, and over a longer period, the need for companies to consider retail investors alongside their institutional holders has become increasingly important and many of the reasons for this were highlighted during the webinar, along with practical advice for how to effectively integrate a programme for retail investor engagement into the IR calendar.

IR Society News Industry News 11 June, 2020

Save the Date! IR Society Virtual Annual Conference – Tuesday 29th September, 2020

In the IR Society’s 40th year, and as companies navigate through these incredibly turbulent and uncertain times, we celebrate the pivotal and increasingly strategic role that IR plays within organisations and how it will be influenced by the current crisis. Alongside keynote addresses, our sessions will look at key themes and mega trends, ESG and stewardship and how to shape your IR programme in a post-COVID world.

IR Society News 5 June, 2020

Notice of AGM 2020

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of The Investor Relations Society will be held on Thursday 25th June 2020 at 13.00.

IR Society News 1 June, 2020

Governart and the IR Society announce ESG / SRI program for Investor Relations

GovernArt and the UK Investor Relations Society (GovernArt /The IR Society), are pleased to announce they will deliver the inaugural ESG / SRI Program for Investor Relations in Latin America. This first program, with the exclusive corporate sponsorship of Enel Americas, and with the support of the Santiago Stock Exchange will focus on addressing Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) topics with a focus on matters pertaining to Investor Relations, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs´ professionals.

28 May, 2020

Summary from our IR Webinar - Moving forward: Life after the crisis

As we think ahead to life after the COVID-19 crisis, our webinar today looked at two areas of IR which will form part of the future of many Society members. Firstly, how public companies will draw on the capital markets to bolster their balance sheets through recapitalisation, and secondly, how ESG issues will affect the relationship between companies and their stakeholders. We were delighted by be joined by an economist and leading industry practitioners from corporate finance and ESG, who provided us with pointers and insights into how the future landscape may look.

Coronavirus IR Society News 20 May, 2020

Message from David Walker, IR Society Chair

Click below for a brief message from the Chair of the IR Society, David Walker.

Coronavirus IR Society News 14 May, 2020

Highlights from our Webinar: Meet the Fund Manager

This week we were delighted to be joined by three highly experienced fund managers from Fidelity International, Wellington Asset Management and MAN GLG, sharing their advice and views on COVID-related issues, and answering questions from the audience.

Coronavirus IR Society News Policy & Positions 13 May, 2020

IRO Survey: Read our report on how companies are adapting to the crisis

The IR Society recently conducted a short survey of its IRO members on how companies are seeking to adapt their reporting and investor communications during the crisis.

Blogs 24 April, 2020

A new decade, a new investor relations

It is a difficult time for the UK and global economy. Richard Davies looks back at the history of the IR industry, and provides insight into the new era – ‘IR 3.0’ – when non-financial criteria are dominant.

Blogs 24 April, 2020

Keeping a focus on stewardship

Monitoring the approach of investors to their Stewardship Code duties is a vital part of the Financial Reporting Council's work. Claudia Chapman, who is on the corporate governance and stewardship team at the FRC, talks to Kate Heseltine, head of policy and communication at the IR Society, about the Code and more.

IR Society News Industry News Blogs 21 April, 2020

It’s not binary: acceleration of the trend to digital

These extraordinary times are also proving exceptionally busy for IR. Looking across all corporates on the ingage platform, which includes some 15% of FTSE 100 companies, the total number of investor engagements actually grew by 1.5% year-on-year in March 2020 - but with 55% of those meetings conducted remotely compared to 18% in the same period last year.

Coronavirus IR Society News Blogs 9 April, 2020

Reporting and stakeholder engagement webinar summary

This week we were joined by an experienced panel of speakers for our IR Webinar: Reporting and Stakeholder Communications, to discuss and offer advice on a range of ever more important topics.

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