Blogs

Blogs and opinion pieces from the IR Society and its members

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.

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.

IR Society News Blogs 26 March, 2020

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.

IR Society News Blogs 9 January, 2020

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 Society News Blogs 28 November, 2019

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.

Industry News Blogs 14 November, 2019

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 Blogs 15 October, 2019

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.

IR Society News Blogs 1 May, 2019

Get the recognition you deserve by entering the IR Society Best Practice Awards

Rachel Price, IR Society Best Practice Committee member highlights what judges are looking for in one of the Society's Best Practice Awards, 'Most effective overall communication of company investment proposition.'

Blogs 24 April, 2019

MiFID II – what next ?

Michael Hufton looks ahead to the FCA’s Thematic Review into MiFID II, including predictions, early results, and advice for IROs.

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