The IR Magazine Awards – Europe 2022 will take place on Thursday, June 23.
Since the annual event first launched in 1990, tens of thousands of analysts and investors have voted in the surveys behind the awards. The result: vital benchmarking information on which companies do the best IR. In recent years, the awards program has expanded to recognize more aspects of an IRO’s role as we add new categories to the list and give IR teams the opportunity to nominate themselves.
By popular demand, we present two types of award categories – researched and nominated – both celebrating the success of those individuals and companies that are leading the way in IR across Europe.
For our researched categories, companies do not submit nominations. Instead, hundreds of analysts and investors cast their votes and give their opinions on which companies provide the best IR service. In our nominated categories, companies submit written entries to articulate their success and achievements from the past year, giving any publicly listed company the opportunity to be considered for an award.
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For our awards-by-nomination categories, individuals and companies are given the opportunity to submit written entries, free of charge, to be put forward to a panel of expert judges made up of investment professionals and IR Magazine editorial team members.
The nomination form will be open for entries at the end of January. In the meantime, you can register your interest to nominate by clicking here.
Please note that categories are subject to change based on the final number of submissions received. Some categories may be split by market cap size.
The awards-by-nomination categories differ from our traditional researched awards, as individuals and companies are given the opportunity to submit written entries, free of charge, to be put forward to a panel of expert judges made up of investment professionals and IR Magazine editorial team members.
The judging process consists of three simple phases:
Phase one: Once the entry deadline has passed, the IR Magazine editorial team reviews all submissions and produces the short list
Phase two: The short-listed entries are shared with an independent judging panel made up of industry experts. The judges review each short-listed entry and select their top two picks per category
Phase three: The judges come together to discuss, debate and select the final list of winners who will go on to win an award
The judges’ votes are not made public, but their comments may be published in articles or reports after the event. Judges are not required to make comments against every submission.
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Our awards-by-research nominees are determined by the input of hundreds of analysts and portfolio managers, who give their opinions on which companies provide them with the best IR service in Europe. Every year we invite any publicly listed company to submit their list of buy and sell-side analysts and portfolio managers, so that they have the opportunity to vote via our survey.
If you have any questions on this process or wish to access our data sharing agreement, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. For any further queries about the research, please contact [email protected].
The first thing to explain is that our awards are different from most others: for our awards by research, companies do not submit nominations. The winners are identified by in-depth research and any publicly traded company is eligible to be considered. This survey is the only one of its kind to go directly to the investment community, via a combination of an electronic survey and one-to-one telephone interviews, canvassing the opinions of the people who matter to you most.
November – December 2021: Sample selection
IR Magazine has been building investment community databases for more than 30 years. As part of the updating process, listed companies are contacted every year for details of the professionals who currently cover their stock.
January – February 2022: Electronic survey
IR Magazine then conducts an electronic survey of buy-side and sell-side analysts and portfolio managers. The electronic survey typically receives 300 individual responses from the investment community. These responses then go to Mary Maude Research for initial analysis. The research firm determines what will constitute a representative sample, weighted for Europe’s industry sectors and geographical regions.
December 2021 – February 2022: Telephone survey
The telephone survey then gets under way. The researchers conduct in-depth interviews with 300 portfolio managers and analysts across Europe. Many of them participate in the study year after year, but there is always a healthy proportion of new respondents each year as well. As the research progresses, the sample is adjusted to ensure appropriate weightings are maintained.
Once the survey stage of the research is completed, the final analysis is undertaken. The companies with the highest scores make the short lists for the awards categories, and the points are further analyzed to identify the best exponents of IR by sector. The independence of our research is crucial to the integrity of the whole awards program, so IR Magazine sees the results only once the research is complete. This ensures a transparent, independent set of results that IROs can trust as a valuable bench-marking tool.
April 2022: Short list compiled
IR Magazine receives the results and contacts the short-listed companies to give them the good news. The short list is then published to the entire IR community the month before the event.
June 23, 2022: Winners announced
And finally… the winners are announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday, June 23, 2022!
June 2022: Report published
Shortly after the awards, the Investor Perception Study – Europe 2022 report is published and made available to IR Magazine subscribers.
Attendees at this event are leading IR practitioners from across Europe. Each participant is someone with an established track record and a strategic IR role within his or her company.
Below is a sample of some of 2021’s attendees:
|Job title||Company||Job title||Company|
|Assistant director||Atrato||Head of investor relations||AstraZeneca|
|CEO||Nexans||Head of investor relations||Cyfrowy Polsat|
|CVP||Novo Nordisk||Head of investor relations||Deutsche EuroShop|
|Director||Makinson Cowell||Head of investor relations||Polymetal International|
|Director of financial reporting and IR||Great Portland Estates||Head of PR & IR||Severstal|
|Director of investor relations||Avantium||Head of research||Zeus Captial|
|Director of investor relations||Britvic||Investor relations director||InterContinental Hotels|
|Director of investor relations and FP&A||Flutter Entertainment||Investor relations director||Össur|
|Director of IR and corporate communication||Iberdrola||Investor relations director||Unilever|
|Director of public relations, US||En+ Group||Investor relations director||MERLIN Properties|
|EVP finance, treasury & investor relations||Infineon Technologies||Investor relations director||Valmet|
|Executive director, North America investor relations||BBVA||Investor relations director||Vodafone|
|Group communications director||Greencore||IR ESG director||Novartis|
|Group director, IR||Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield||IR principal||Turkcell|
|Head of IR & sustainability||Cembra||President – corporate development||Synthomer|
|Head of communications||ArcelorMittal||Senior analyst, investor relations||Wolters Kluwer|
|Head of corporate communications||National Express Group||Senior investor relations officer||Royal Dutch Shell|
|Head of digital engagement||Ocado Group||Senior vice president investor relations||BASF|
|Head of ESG||British American Tobacco||SVP finance & investor relations||Ocean Yield|
|Head of integrated thinking and reporting||Garanti||VP, corporate analysis||Odfjell|
|Head of investor relations||Aegon||VP, corporate and financial comms||Pearson|
|Head of investor relations||SAP||VP, investor relations||TechnipFMC|
|Head of investor relations||Schneider Electric||VP, investor relations||Technip Energies|
|Head of investor relations||Subsea 7||VP, IR & corporate strategy||Coca-Cola Partners|
|Head of investor relations||Vonovia||VP, investor relations||Akbank|
|Head of investor relations and planning||Roche||VP, IR & corporate communications||Aixtron|
|Head of investor relations||BMW Group||VP, IR & corporate communications||Hyloris Pharmaceuticals|
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We’d love to have a chat with you about how you can get in front of a truly engaged and motivated audience through the IR Magazine Awards – Europe. Get in touch with Ross Ingram or call on +44 78 2653 8072.
Register your interest for the 2022 awards by filling in the form at the link below. You will be the first to receive important updates about the event, including what to expect and information about how to be considered for an award.
If you have any questions, please contact Chloë Rutter or call +44 20 3002 0396.
Don’t worry if you missed the 2021 virtual awards ceremony, you can view the full show below.