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Coronavirus - Conference update
With less than three months to go until the IR Society annual conference, and given the escalating situation with the coronavirus, we feel it is prudent to consider a range of options, including potentially postponing the conference until the Autumn.
Delivering services for members
Like many of you, the executive team is now working remotely, but remains fully available for you and we would like to thank you once again for your understanding and ongoing support. We have made great strides in working to deliver as many of our activities online as possible to allow us to continue to deliver high quality services for our members. Please see below for further information on accessing IR Society membership services online during these uncertain times.
We are living through unprecedented times and we wanted to reassure you of the IR Society’s ongoing commitment to supporting our members and the wider IR profession during this challenging period and beyond.
The IR Society is closely monitoring developments and government advice around the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Maintaining the safety of our employees and members is our highest priority, alongside our ability to continue supporting your needs with a minimal level of disruption during this period of uncertainty. As such we have implemented the following near-term preventative measures to ensure business continuity
Blogs 20 January, 2020
Putting flesh on the bones of your corporate culture
One of the main challenges for IROs is to monitor their corporate culture and advise if issues are starting to emerge that would affect the business’s reputation. Nick Bastin sets out the problems and some solutions.
Blogs 16 January, 2020
Are companies reporting the climate change information that investors need?
Listed companies in the UK and overseas have taken on board the activists’ messages about the need for meaningful climate reporting, but there is still further to go, argues Stuart Lemmon.
Blogs 13 January, 2020
How to stand out from the crowd in 2020
In an evolving landscape for listed companies worldwide, Sandra Novakov discusses the issues that IROs should be prioritising in the coming year.
What to look out for at the IR Society in 2020!
Welcome to a new year and a new decade for all our IR Society members! As we prepare for another busy and packed year of activity and initiatives, I wanted to remind you of what to look out for in 2020.
Informed 27 December, 2019
Informed 105 – Winter 2019/20
This issue of Informed included full coverage of the 2019 Best Practice Awards, with winners, judges comments and photos from the night. There was also a feature section titled ‘IR notebook 2020’, which looked at key topics in the year to come.
IR Society News 5 December, 2019
Important information for CIR and ICIR candidates
We released our updated Certificate in Investor Relations (CIR) and International Certificate in Investor Relations (ICIR) study guides at the start of 2020.
IR Masterclass - November 2019
On Wednesday the IR Society hosted its bi-annual IR Masterclass. The half day event featured guests from across the industry speaking on a range of topics, including the macro-economic outlook, how to deal with passive investors, and cyber defence. In our panel session three IROs discussed what they perceive to be the major trends and challenges in their roles today and over the coming year.
IR Society News 20 November, 2019
IR Society Best Practice Awards 2019: Leading the way in excellence in investor relations
At Tuesday night’s annual Investor Relations Society Best Practice Awards, the IR Society gathered together with over 450 industry professionals to recognise the companies leading the way in investor relations.
Key takeaways from The IR Society Breakfast: Activism
We were delighted to be hosted by Georgeson on Wednesday this week for a breakfast panel and Q&A session on Activism. The event was moderated by Anthony Kluk, Head of the Nordic region at Georgeson, with Nick de Bunsen, Director at Teneo, and Michael Henson, an independent investor relations consultant, contributing to an active and informative discussion as guest speakers. Key takeaways were as follows:
IR Society News 6 November, 2019
The IR Society announces appointments of new Chair and Deputy Chair
The Investor Relations Society is pleased to announce that David Walker, Head of Investor Relations at British Land and current Deputy Chair of the Society will assume the role of Chair.
Blogs 28 October, 2019
IR for small caps – the principles are the same, but the challenges are different
Clara Melia and Lang Messer consider some of the unique opportunities and challenges faced by small-cap IROs, and discuss how a well-planned IR programme can set you up for success.
Informed 21 October, 2019
Informed 104 – Autumn 2019
The main feature in this issue of Informed was titled 'IR for small caps'. It looked at opportunities and challenges, plus a new growth-focused IR programme.
Informed issue 104 is out this week!
I am delighted to announce that the Autumn 2019 edition of Informed, the quarterly journal of The IR Society, will be landing on your desk sometime this week!
IR Society News 8 October, 2019
Gary Davies to retire as CEO of the IR Society; Laura Hayter appointed as successor
The IR Society today announces that Gary Davies is to retire as Chief Executive Officer for personal reasons. Laura Hayter, currently Head of Policy and Communications, will succeed him.
IR Society News 24 September, 2019
IR Society Survey: Insights into current ESG reporting practices
With the rising interest in ESG, the IR Society recently conducted a short survey of its IRO members asking for views around current reporting practices.
The IR Society and ARIR announce a new collaboration on IR training and certification
The UK Investor Relations Society (IR Society) and the Romanian Investor Relations Association (ARIR) are delighted to announce an exclusive collaboration.