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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.
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.
Message from David Walker, IR Society Chair
Click below for a brief message from the Chair of the IR Society, David Walker.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Delivering our PD courses during COVID-19
Continuing to deliver high quality services for our members at this difficult time is fundamental, including continuing to support your training needs with a minimal level of disruption during this period of uncertainty.
IR Society News 1 April, 2020
IR Society 2020 Best Practice Awards entries open today
IR Society leads the way in excellence in Investor Relations
Informed 27 March, 2020
Informed 106 – Spring 2020
This issue of Informed was published against a background of the developing COVID-19 crisis. The main features were interviews with leading figures in the City and IR, and the increasing influence of ESG topics in boardrooms and the markets.
Top 10 tips from our webinar: Communicating effectively during Covid-19
We were delighted to be hosted by Q4 for our webinar this week to discuss the need for clear and consistent communications during this period of crisis.
FCA, FRC and PRA joint statement on Covid-19 – Our summary
The FCA, FRC and PRA announced on 26 March 2020 a series of actions in a joint statement to ensure that information continues to flow to investors and to support the continued functioning of the UK’s capital markets.
Communicating Effectively During COVID-19 - Webinar Replay
In these unprecedented times, the need for clear, consistent communication is greater than ever. In the face of massive disruption to travel and normal working practices what should IR teams be doing and what tools and technologies do they have at their disposal to ensure that they continue to communicate effectively with their various stakeholders?
Launch of 2020 IR Society Best Practice Awards
At a time of considerable uncertainty as economies and communities struggle to cope with the far-reaching impact of the coronavirus pandemic, stakeholder engagement and the use of digital channels has never been more important.The promotion of best practice in IR is one of the cornerstones of the IR Society's existence, and the annual Best Practice Awards, now in their 20th year, play a crucial part in this.