IR Magazine

IR Magazine Awards ‒ Europe
Celebrating IR excellence

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

This event will be held virtually. Timings to be announced.

About the awards

The IR Magazine Awards – Europe honors excellence in the investor relations profession. For 2020 we will be bringing the awards ceremony to you virtually. Stay tuned for further announcements about how to attend this year’s event.

Since the 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. Over the last two decades the awards program has expanded to recognize more aspects of an IRO’s role as we add new categories to the list.

By popular demand, we will once again 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 awards-by-research 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. For our awards-by-nomination categories, companies have the opportunity to nominate themselves or other publicly listed companies, free of charge, for aspects of IR that complement our awards by research.

 

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.

View the entire list of 2019 winners and nominees here

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.  

Best overall investor relations (mid-cap)

Best overall investor relations (mid-cap)

Best overall investor relations (small cap)

Best overall investor relations (small cap)

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.

Best investor relations officer (small to mid-cap)

Best investor relations officer (small to mid-cap)

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 by research are different from our awards by nomination: 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.

The research survey for the 2020 awards is now closed. The research process includes us inviting your buy and sell-side analysts and portfolio managers to take part in the survey and the timeline is outlined below:

November – December: Online survey
IR Magazine has been building investment community databases over the past 20 years. As part of the updating process, listed companies are contacted every year for details of the professionals who currently cover their stock. A preliminary electronic survey of buy-side and sell-side analysts and portfolio managers is then conducted.

December – February: Telephone survey
The responses from the electronic survey 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. It then conducts in-depth interviews with 500 portfolio managers and analysts across Europe. As the research progresses, the sample is adjusted to ensure appropriate weightings are maintained.

March – April: 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 and by country.

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 benchmarking tool.

June: Short lists
IR Magazine receives the research results and contacts 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.

October: Winners announced
This year’s winners will be announced live on stage at a black-tie awards ceremony in London on October 6, attended by the leading lights of European investor relations.

November: Report published
After the event the Investor Perception Study – Europe 2020 report will be made available to professional subscribers to IR Magazine. This report will profile the top ranked companies and reveal information on how they conduct their IR activities and why investors voted for them.

For further information on this year’s investor survey, please contact Janet Dignan at +44 20 8004 6322 or [email protected].

 

Past attendees say

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"Excellent evening in the heart of London!"

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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 members.

View the entire list of 2019 winners and nominees 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 (large cap)

Best IR website (large cap)

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 IR website (mid-cap)

Best IR website (mid-cap)

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 IR website (small cap)

Best IR website (small cap)

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. Tell us why you (or someone else) have what it takes to be the next Magdalena Moll! This category is open to anyone who has been working in IR for less than five years.  

The awards by nomination differ from our traditional awards by research, 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 members.

The judging process is made up of the following stages:

Stage 1: Judges are allocated to categories and sent the entry packs, which contain a longlist of submissions to review and score.
Stage 2: Judges are asked to score each submission based on how well the entrant has addressed the category criteria and entry form requirements for each section. These scores are collated and averaged by the IR Magazine awards team and the top scoring entries will form our shortlist of nominees per category.
Stage 3: Once the shortlists are determined, judges come together with renewed scrutiny to discuss and debate the winning entry. This final stage will determine the winners and high commendations (where applicable) in each category.

The judges scores will not be shared with nominees, however, comments may be published in articles or reports after the event. The judges are not required to make comments against every submission.

Meet the judges


Become a partner

Why partner with us?

The Europe Awards brings together some of the most influential people in the IR community. Our audience recognise the sudden change of pace cannot be navigated alone and are constantly looking for partners to help shape their shareholder engagement strategy and execute it. This event provides partners an opportunity to position yourself as a critical partner to the community.

The unique buzz we create at our virtual events – which is a far cry from a traditional webinar – afford our partners exceptional opportunities to entertain visitors and show-case their expertise.
Becoming a partner means you will:

– Get virtual face-time with senior decision-makers from the IR community
– Increase brand awareness and gain credibility through association with this event
– Generate qualified and targeted leads from the analytics provided by our virtual platform
– Gain new business opportunities through higher-brand presence among potential clients
– Participate in one on one video chats to build relationships with new and existing customers
– Launch new products and solutions at our virtual event in your expo booth

All our partnerships are created using a mix of branding, thought leadership, lead generation and meetings with your target audience. You tell us your objectives and we will work with you to create you a package that’s makes sense for your company and will help you achieve those objectives.

To find out more about how we can help, contact Sébastien Dutrieu or call on +44 77315 33165.

Partners

Who attends?

Attendees 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. We had over 300 IR professionals attend in 2019. They included:

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Job title Company name Job title Company name
Assistant director IFC Group Head of investor relations K+S
CEO CMi2i Head of investor relations Kerry Group
CEO, EMEA Orient Capital Head of investor relations Lloyds Banking Group
Chairperson ABIRD Head of investor relations Phoenix Group Holdings
Chief commodity trading strategy En+ Metals Head of investor relations REN – Redes Energéticas Nacionais
Co-head of investment trusts Blackrock Head of investor relations RWE
Digital director Design Portfolio Head of investor relations SEGRO
Director EcoAct Head of investor relations Tesco
Director capital markets & strategic initiatives En+ Consult Head of investor relations Umicore
Director of corporate messaging, IR Jones and Palmer Head of investor relations William Hill
Director of financial communications LVMH Head of investor relations and comms Euronav
Director of investor relations Credit Suisse Head of investor relations and comms Orange
Director of investor relations Merlin Properties Head of marketing Trifast
Director of investor relations Valmet Head of PR, brand and corporate comms EMIS Group
Director of strategy, M&A and IR TUI Group Head of research Zeus Capital
DR team JP Morgan Investor relations director McCarthy and Stone
EVP, corporate services OTC Markets Group IR director MTS
Finance director Inland Homes Managing director EQS Group
Financial risk manager Novo Nordisk Managing director Leaders Arena
Global head of IR GlaxoSmithKline Managing director RD:IR
Group director of investor relations Unibail Rodamco Westfield Managing director Rothschild & Co
Group finance director Henry Boot Managing director, EMEA D.F. King
Head of global banking VTB Capital Senior director of investor relations AstraZeneca
Head of international listings NYSE Senior vice president, investor relations BASF
Head of investor relations Anglo Pacific Group Vice president – depositary receipts BNY Mellon
Head of investor relations Arix Bioscience Vice president, investor relations Cargotec
Head of investor relations BT Group Vice president, investor relations Kemira
Head of investor relations Equinor Vice president, investor relations Kone
Head of investor relations Garanti Bank VP IR Europe Royal Dutch Shell
Head of investor relations Gruppo Banca Sistema

 

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