Informed 108 – Autumn 2020

This issue of Informed provides coverage of the IR Society's 2020 virtual conference, which was held at the end of September. There is also a feature titled 'Embracing change'.

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The 17-page conference section includes write-ups from each session, as well as information about sponsors and exhibitors, and a summary of the day. There were four keynote interviews with Evan Davis, and four live panel sessions, which featured industry experts from IR, business and corporate finance. Sessions included:

  • Keynote interview: Sir Donald Brydon
  • Keynote interview: Baroness Lane-Fox
  • Keynote interview: Sacha Sadan
  • Keynote interview: Sir Jonathan Symonds
  • Session 1: Key themes and mega trends
  • Session 2: How to shape your IR
  • Session 3: The changing shape of capital markets
  • Session 4: ESG and stewardship as we emerge from the crisis Value through ESG

Also in this issue, a feature titled 'Embracing change' looks at the current state of the IR profession, and how things are likely to change over the coming months and years. There is a focus on ESG, guidance, small investors, corporate reporting, investor days, digital tools and more. Articles include: 

  • No dealing, no cry – Richard Davies, RD:IR
  • A decade in the trenches hosting investor days – Sandi Meeks, Rivel
  • Communicating your ESG performance is more important than ever – Siobhan Cleary, GRI
  • Goliath investors are all very well, but don’t forget David! – Derren Nathan, Hybridan
  • Providing guidance in the current market requires a tailored approach – Lois Hutchings, Equitory 
  • Beyond compliance to more authentic reporting – Rachel Crossley, Emperor 
  • From no room to boardroom. The rise of ESG – Yulia Chekunaeva, En+ Group
  • The global pandemic has a silver lining for investor relations – Charles Hamlyn, QuantiFire.
  • The future value of ESG as we look towards a post-pandemic era – Peter Hewer and James Bavister, MHP 
  • Capitalising on digital tools in a challenging environment – Ramón Pedrosa-López, The Paloma Project

Other features include an update on the 2020 Best Practice Awards, which will take place virtually in November; the launch of a new mentoring programme; industry news; new members; and CIR passes. A full list of up-coming events and courses also feature at the end of the issue. 

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Published 27 October, 2020

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