Blogs and opinion pieces from the IR Society and its members
Blogs 29 October, 2020
Goliath investors are all very well, but don’t forget David
Small-investor trading volumes surged in the spring lockdown. Derren Nathan explains what companies need to do to attract these investors, and why retail trends may be a useful signal for institutional investors.
2020 Best Practice Awards Self-entry shortlists announced!
The IR Society is delighted to announce the shortlists for the Self-entry section of the Best Practice Awards for 2020.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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 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!
Blogs 29 July, 2019
IPO rules on unconnected parties haven’t worked: investors are suffering
The dangers to a growing company of having an unsuccessful IPO can be serious, affecting investor confidence, customer relations and staff morale. Fraser Thorne suggests the new FCA rules have not helped.
Blogs 25 July, 2019
Five things to know and do on ESG
The practicalities of dealing with ESG issues can be a headache. Here Kirsty Collins gives the benefit of her IRO experience to outline the five top tips that IR professionals should heed.
Blogs 22 July, 2019
New opportunities as the world moves towards sustainable technologies
Climate change is rising up the corporate agenda and the policy and practical implications need to be urgently assessed, says Stephen Cheetham. The IR community has a vital role to play in this.
Blogs 18 July, 2019
Employee welfare: practice what you preach before it is too late
Employees are often told how much they are valued, but this view does not usually come across in the annual report. Will Rowlands-Rees argues that IROs should address this issue urgently.