IR Magazine

IR Magazine Awards ‒ Europe
Celebrating IR excellence

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Virtual event; 4.00 pm - 6.45 pm CET

About the awards

The IR Magazine Awards – Europe will take place on Thursday, June 24 as a virtual awards ceremony. We will once again be bringing together the investor relations community to celebrate and honor excellence in the IR profession. Further details about the 2021 awards ceremony will follow in due course including information about how to access our virtual platform and timings.

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.

Event timings

Timings shown are Central European Time (CET)

  • 16:00 PM
    Pre-event networking

    During this time you can either join a table to network with an exclusive group of guests (table invites will be sent prior to the event) or make use of our one-to-one speed networking function, where you will be matched at random with another attendee for a few minutes at a time

  • 16:45 PM
    Awards ceremony

    Join us in the stage area to recognize excellence in IR teams across 28 categories. The awards will be presented in the following order:

    • Best in sector: communications
    • Best in sector: consumer discretionary
    • Best in sector: consumer staples
    • Best in sector: energy
    • Best in sector: financials
    • Best in sector: healthcare
    • Best in sector: industrials
    • Best in sector: materials
    • Best in sector: real estate
    • Best in sector: technology
    • Best in sector: utilities
    • Best annual report (small cap)
    • Best annual report (mid-cap)
    • Best annual report (large cap)
    • Best crisis management
    • Best ESG materiality reporting (small to mid-cap)
    • Best ESG materiality reporting (large cap)
    • Best investor event (small to mid-cap)
    • Best investor event (large cap)
    • Best IR during a corporate transaction
    • Best IR website
    • Best use of multimedia for IR
    • Rising star
    • Best investor relations officer (small to mid-cap)
    • Best investor relations officer (large cap)
    • Best overall investor relations (small cap)
    • Best overall investor relations (mid-cap)
    • Best overall investor relations (large cap)
  • 18:10 PM
    Award for best viewer photo announced

    It’s your time to shine. Send us a photo of you watching the event to get in the running to win a prize and an award!

  • 18:15 PM
    Post-event networking

    Join all winners and nominees to celebrate after the ceremony. Be matched at random with another attendee via the one-to-one networking function

  • 18:45 PM
    End of the awards

Awards by Nomination

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 entry deadline for 2021 nominations has now passed and we are no longer accepting entries. We will be in touch with successful short-listed companies at the end of April/beginning of May.

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.

View the entire list of 2020 nominees and winners here

Best annual report (large cap)

Best annual report (large cap)

Are shareholders and analysts raving about the quality of your annual print or online report? Give us your vision of good reporting practice. Judges will be looking for a well-articulated equity story, ease of flow or navigation, state-of-the-art design and consistency/complementary between different reports. Market cap breakdown: Small cap = below €1 bn / Mid-cap = between €1 bn - €7.5 bn / Large cap = €7.5 bn and over

Best annual report (mid-cap)

Best annual report (mid-cap)

Are shareholders and analysts raving about the quality of your annual print or online report? Give us your vision of good reporting practice. Judges will be looking for a well-articulated equity story, ease of flow or navigation, state-of-the-art design and consistency/complementary between different reports. Market cap breakdown: Small cap = below €1 bn / Mid-cap = between €1 bn - €7.5 bn / Large cap = €7.5 bn and over

Best annual report (small cap)

Best annual report (small cap)

Are shareholders and analysts raving about the quality of your annual print or online report? Give us your vision of good reporting practice. Judges will be looking for a well-articulated equity story, ease of flow or navigation, state-of-the-art design and consistency/complementary between different reports. Market cap breakdown: Small cap = below €1 bn / Mid-cap = between €1 bn - €7.5 bn / Large cap = €7.5 bn and over

Best crisis management

Best crisis management

Have you recently dealt with an unexpected event threatening your company's business or reputation? How did you company respond to the Covid-19 pandemic? Tell us about your ‘crisis ready’ plan, the strategy you implemented when the storm hit, and how the IR team’s actions successfully protected or restored shareholder value.

Best ESG materiality reporting (large cap)

Best ESG materiality reporting (large cap)

Investors are increasingly looking to determine the material ESG risks and opportunities for companies. But the range of data and inconsistency of reporting can make it difficult to get a full picture. This award recognizes the achievement of companies that produce clear investor-facing communications about ESG issues that are material to their business. Market cap breakdown: Small cap = below €1 bn / Mid-cap = between €1 bn - €7.5 bn / Large cap = €7.5 bn and over

Best ESG materiality reporting (small to mid-cap)

Best ESG materiality reporting (small to mid-cap)

Investors are increasingly looking to determine the material ESG risks and opportunities for companies. But the range of data and inconsistency of reporting can make it difficult to get a full picture. This award recognizes the achievement of companies that produce clear investor-facing communications about ESG issues that are material to their business. Market cap breakdown: Small cap = below €1 bn / Mid-cap = between €1 bn - €7.5 bn / Large cap = €7.5 bn and over

Best investor event (large cap)

Best investor event (large cap)

Did you hold a capital markets day, site visit or other investor event that made your company stand out from the crowd? Tell us how you came up with an original initiative, the way you managed its organization, and how your audience’s expectations were met; audience feedback is also welcome. Both virtual and in-person events can be considered for this award. Market cap breakdown: Small cap = below €1 bn / Mid-cap = between €1 bn - €7.5 bn / Large cap = €7.5 bn and over

Best investor event (small to mid-cap)

Best investor event (small to mid-cap)

Did you hold a capital markets day, site visit or other investor event that made your company stand out from the crowd? Tell us how you came up with an original initiative, the way you managed its organization, and how your audience’s expectations were met; audience feedback is also welcome. Both virtual and in-person events can be considered for this award. Market cap breakdown: Small cap = below €1 bn / Mid-cap = between €1 bn - €7.5 bn / Large cap = €7.5 bn and over

Best IR during a corporate transaction

Best IR during a corporate transaction

How did your IR team go above and beyond to support a recent corporate transaction? Let us know the details. We’ll be looking at the IR team’s involvement in crafting/releasing the messaging for the financial markets and how it organized outreach and dialogue to gain approval from key shareholders.

Best IR website

Best IR website

The IR website is the first point of contact for an IRO’s audience. We want to hear from companies that have developed a best-in-class website displaying top-notch customer experience, engaging content that meets analysts’ and investors’ needs, and multiplatform access.

Best use of multimedia for IR

Best use of multimedia for IR

Are you a tech-savvy IRO always looking out for cutting-edge technological solutions for IR? Describe the innovative ways you have incorporated video, audio, infographics or webcasts into your IR program. Judges will be looking for evidence of heightened investor and analyst engagement via these channels.

Rising star

Rising star

This award seeks to honor individuals who bring fresh thinking and a unique approach to the profession. This category is open to anyone who has been working in IR for less than five years and has less than 10 years of professional experience.  

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.

Meet the judges

Click on the judges photos below to find out more


Past attendees say

"Very well organized, focused and glamourous. Again, broadcasting the importance of the IR function in corporate governance, communication and reputation management. Further celebrating the winner companies/executives as it should. Congratulations!"

Mercuri Urval

"Very interesting event and pointing to the ever raising importance of the IR function. Congratulations!"

Eames Wyatt

"Excellent event under the circumstances and amazing how you got all the videos’ shot for the winners, made it feel very real and personal which was great."

IR Club Switzerland, supporting association

"The show and the entire process was fantastic. Your team does a great job bringing the IR community together to celebrate accomplishments and learn from each other, despite the unusual circumstances!"

MSA Safety

"It was fast paced and the platform interface seemed to flow seamlessly from presenter to presenter. I look forward to next year's event!"

Discovery

"Flawless! fun, great pace and all the hosts were amazing!!"

8x8

"Great execution, clear planning, and wonderful networking!"

Telsey Advisory Group

"Perfect: venue; speaker: mood; food"

Carlo Di Pierro - Banca Sistema

"Very well organised. Paul Sinha was an excellent host, who injected good amounts of energy into the evening. Food was excellent too!"

Charles Chalkly - Hays

"Excellent evening in the heart of London!"

Morten Buus - RD:IR

View our awards best practice guide for insights from our past winners and partnersAccess the guide

Awards by Research

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.

For the current research survey, the deadline to submit lists has now passed. 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].

Please note that categories are subject to change based on the final votes received. Some categories may be split by market cap size.

View the entire list of 2020 nominees and winners

Best overall investor relations (large cap)

Best overall investor relations (large cap)

This category covers companies that have most impressed the investment community with their overall IR program. Market cap breakdown: Small cap = below €1 bn / Mid-cap = between €1 bn - €7.5 bn / Large cap = €7.5 bn and over

Best overall investor relations (mid-cap)

Best overall investor relations (mid-cap)

This category covers companies that have most impressed the investment community with their overall IR program. Market cap breakdown: Small cap = below €1 bn / Mid-cap = between €1 bn - €7.5 bn / Large cap = €7.5 bn and over

Best overall investor relations (small cap)

Best overall investor relations (small cap)

This category covers companies that have most impressed the investment community with their overall IR program. Market cap breakdown: Small cap = below €1 bn / Mid-cap = between €1 bn - €7.5 bn / Large cap = €7.5 bn and over

Best investor relations officer (large cap)

Best investor relations officer (large cap)

This category is for individual IROs whose knowledge of their company and sector and whose ability to build relationships with members of the investment community and to be transparent, accessible and responsive, sets them apart. Market cap breakdown: Small cap = below €1 bn / Mid-cap = between €1 bn - €7.5 bn / Large cap = €7.5 bn and over

Best investor relations officer (small to mid-cap)

Best investor relations officer (small to mid-cap)

This category is for individual IROs whose knowledge of their company and sector and whose ability to build relationships with members of the investment community and to be transparent, accessible and responsive, sets them apart. Market cap breakdown: Small cap = below €1 bn / Mid-cap = between €1 bn - €7.5 bn / Large cap = €7.5 bn and over

Best in sector: communications

Best in sector: communications

This category covers companies that have most impressed the investment community with their overall IR program in their sector.

Best in sector: consumer discretionary

Best in sector: consumer discretionary

This category covers companies that have most impressed the investment community with their overall IR program in their sector.

Best in sector: consumer staples

Best in sector: consumer staples

This category covers companies that have most impressed the investment community with their overall IR program in their sector.

Best in sector: energy

Best in sector: energy

This category covers companies that have most impressed the investment community with their overall IR program in their sector.

Best in sector: financials

Best in sector: financials

This category covers companies that have most impressed the investment community with their overall IR program in their sector.

Best in sector: healthcare

Best in sector: healthcare

This category covers companies that have most impressed the investment community with their overall IR program in their sector.

Best in sector: industrials

Best in sector: industrials

This category covers companies that have most impressed the investment community with their overall IR program in their sector.

Best in sector: materials

Best in sector: materials

This category covers companies that have most impressed the investment community with their overall IR program in their sector.

Best in sector: real estate

Best in sector: real estate

This category covers companies that have most impressed the investment community with their overall IR program in their sector.

Best in sector: technology

Best in sector: technology

This category covers companies that have most impressed the investment community with their overall IR program in their sector.

Best in sector: utilities

Best in sector: utilities

This category covers companies that have most impressed the investment community with their overall IR program in their sector.

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 2020: 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 2021: 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 2020 – February 2021: 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.

Results analysis

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 2021: 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 24, 2021: Winners announced

And finally… the winners are announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday, June 24, 2021!

June 2021: Report published

Shortly after the awards, the Investor Perception Study – Europe 2021 report is published and made available to IR Magazine subscribers.

 

Partners

Become a partner

Why partner with us?

The IR Magazine Awards – Europe brings together some of the most influential people in the IR community.

Partnering with us is the perfect way to raise your organization’s profile and cement your position in the IR community.

The unique buzz we create at our virtual awards enables you to:

  • Reach thousands of industry leaders through our multi-channel marketing campaign
  • Raise your organization’s profile with unrivalled brand exposure
  • Align yourself with those who excel in the industry

Put your brand in the spotlight and benefit from months of targeted, high profile publicity across multiple channels pre-and post-event.

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 Sébastien Dutrieu or call on +44 77315 33165.

Book your place

Please fill in the form below for to book your place for the 2021 Europe Awards.

If you have any questions, please contact Chloë Rutter at [email protected] or call +44 20 3002 0396.

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Organizations we support

The London Community Foundation    The Civil Liberties Union for Europe (Liberties)

The London Community Foundation specialises in supporting community-based organizations focused on helping disadvantaged London. By shining a light on the key issues faced and supporting the best ideas to grow, they strengthen and nurture the network of local people solving local problems.

As IR Magazine is headquartered in London and the awards take place in-person here every year, we support this charity due to the significant work they provide to the community.

https://giving.londoncf.org.uk/profile

Liberties, and their members, want the people of the EU and its member countries to live in societies where their civil liberties are protected, where they can participate freely in the democratic process, and where their governments respect the rule of law.

IR Magazine supports this mission and would encourage donations for this cause.

https://www.liberties.eu/en/donate

As our virtual awards are free to attend we are encouraging our guests to instead make a donation, of any size, directly to The London Community Foundation or The Civil Liberties Union for Europe in place of the usual awards fee. To make a donation, please visit their website.

What to expect

Last year we brought the awards to you via our first ever virtual ceremony.

Watch the short highlights reel below for what to expect in 2021!

Who attends?

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 our past attendees:

Job title Company Job title Company
CVP IRO Grifols Head of investor relations O2 Czech Republic
Deputy head of IR OMV Head of investor relations Rovi Laboratories
Director investor relations Borregaard Head of investor relations SEGRO
Director investor relations eDreams ODIGEO Head of investor relations Vista Alegre
Director IR Telefonica Deutschland Head of investor relations Zalando
Director of corporate communications and investor relations Jones and Palmer Head of investor relations and corporate communications PSI Software
Director of financial reporting and investor relations Great Portland Estates Head of investor relations and external communications Caverion Corporation
Director of investor relations AstraZeneca Head of investor relations and M&A Douglas
Director of investor relations Britvic Head of IR Ascential
Director of investor relations Cellnex Head of IR CompuGroup Medical
Director of investor relations Unilever Head of IR EDP
Director of IR & corporate communication IBERDROLA Head of IR Go-Ahead
Director of IR & shareholders FLUIDRA Head of IR Jeronimo Martins
Director, investor relations REPSOL Head of IR McCarthy and Stone
Director, investor relations Credit Suisse Group Head of IR Royal Philips
Director, investor relations North America Novo Nordisk Head of IR Unibail Rodamco Westfield
Director, IR Valmet Head of IR Vonovia
Finance and IR director AENA Head of IR & strategy UDG Healthcare
Global head of investor relations HSBC Holdings Head of IR and ESG MOL
Group communications & IR director Akka Head of IR and sustainability Severn Trent
Group investor relations director Tesco IR director Schneider Electric
Group IR director Prysmian IR director UNIMOT S.A.
Head corporate communications Implenia IR, director Galp
Head IR Sacyr Managing director Ford Sinclair
Head of group IR Enel Senior vice president investor relations BASF
Head of investor & credit relations Ströer Senior vice president,  head of investor relations & sustainability Fresenius
Head of investor relations adidas Vice president investor relations, communications and corporate responsibility NORMA Group
Head of investor relations Banca Sistema VP global head, investor relations Alcon
Head of investor relations Covestro VP investor relations Barco NV
Head of investor relations Deutsche Post DHL Group VP investor relations Shell International
Head of investor relations International Airlines Group VP IR Endeavour Mining
Head of investor relations LANXESS VP, investor relations Farfetch Limited
Head of investor relations Mediclinic International VP, investor relations and financial communications Fortum
Head of investor relations Merck

 

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