IR Magazine

IR Magazine Forum & Awards
Greater China

Thursday, December 8, 2022

About the forum & awards

For the past three decades, IR Magazine has honored excellence in investor relations around the world. For 2022, we continue to recognize and help further IR best practice. Last year, over 200 senior IR professionals joined us in a virtual setting – this internationally renowned event looks at the very best the IR community has to offer through our forum and awards.

THE FORUM

The event kicks off with a forum where investors, analysts and heads of IR from small, mid and large cap companies come together to discuss key issues relating to investor relations, corporate governance, shareholder needs and the role of senior management in IR.

Using the latest cutting edge technology available, our virtual event platform closely replicates being there in person with the chance to interact with speakers and have one-to-one networking in-between panel talks. A far cry from a traditional webinar format, the event features live chat with attendees as you watch sessions together and access to resource libraries to help publicly-listed companies better respond to investor and analyst expectations.

THE AWARDS

We present two types of awards categories – researched and nominated – both celebrating the success of those individuals and companies that are leading the way in IR in Greater China.

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 do the best IR in the region.

In our nominated categories, companies have the opportunity to submit a written entry for aspects of IR that complement our researched categories. More information can be found in the sections below.

Download the entry pack containing all of the guidelines and information in one placeClick here

Awards by nomination

For our awards-by-nomination categories, individuals and companies are given the opportunity to submit written entries to be put forward to a panel of expert judges made up of investment professionals and IR Magazine editorial team members.

Open for entries

We are now accepting entries for the 2022 awards! Please click here to access the entry form. The deadline for submissions is midnight (HKT) on Friday, August 19. The cost to submit an entry per category is US$45.

If you have any questions that are not answered in the FAQ section on the entry form, please contact [email protected] or call +44 (0)20 8004 5339.

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

View the full list of 2021 winners by clicking here

Best annual report

Best annual report

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/complementarity between different reports.

Best crisis management

Best crisis management

Have you recently dealt with an unexpected event threatening your company's business or reputation? How did your 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

Best ESG materiality reporting

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

Best investor event

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

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 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.

What our attendees say

"Thank you very much for organizing the event! You have done a wonderful job putting together an awards ceremony during covid!"

Suncity Group Holdings

"It's a wonderful event to gather the best IR practitioners in one room and share the best practices. Great work for the IR Magazine team!"

BizLink Holding

"The topics and panels are very helpful to me as an IRO. Looking forward to participating other events by IR Magazine in the future!"

Anonymous

"Congratulations on the successful event! We thought the forum and awards ceremony were very well organized and smooth. "

Yue Yuen Industrial (Holdings)

"The event has been professionally organized and your moderators are exceptional!"

Euroland IR

"We all thought it went fantastically well; great content/speakers, fantastic chair and smooth logistics. It was a very impressive bunch of IR folks to gather in one room."

Andrews Partnership

"A wonderful event to networking with the best. I love panel sessions with fresh topics and professional insights. Great work for the IR Magazine team."

BizLink Holding

"Topics relevant and well-organized"

Yum China

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 the Greater China region. 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.

Please click on the tabs below to view the research timeline. 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].

View the full list of 2021 winners by clicking here

Best overall investor relations

Best overall investor relations

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

Best investor relations officer

Best investor relations officer

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 in sector: communications

Best in sector: communications

Best in sector: consumer discretionary

Best in sector: consumer discretionary

Best in sector: consumer staples

Best in sector: consumer staples

Best in sector: energy

Best in sector: energy

Best in sector: financials (including real estate)

Best in sector: financials (including real estate)

Best in sector: industrials

Best in sector: industrials

Best in sector: materials

Best in sector: materials

Best in sector: technology

Best in sector: technology

Best in sector: utilities

Best in sector: utilities

Our awards by research are different from most others and also 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, canvassing the opinions of the people who matter to you most.

May-August: Online survey
IR Magazine has been building investment community databases over the past 30 years. As part of the updating process, listed companies are contacted every year for details of the professionals who currently cover their stock. IR Magazine then conducts an electronic survey of buy-side and sell-side analysts and portfolio managers. Each survey respondent is asked to nominate and rank up to five companies in a host of different research categories, from best IRO to best reporting.

September-October: Results analysis & short lists announced
Analysis of the results begins once the survey stage of the research is complete. Points are allocated to each company depending on how frequently it is nominated. The companies with the highest point scores in each individual awards category make the short list for that award. The top company will go on to win the award. Best-in-region awards are determined by the highest aggregate scores across all research categories.

The IR Magazine awards team receives the results and contacts all short-listed companies to give them the good news. The short lists are then published to the entire IR community a month before the event.

December: Winners announced
The winners are announced at our awards ceremony, which is attended by the leading lights of the Asian investor relations community.

January: Report published
After the event the Investor Perception Study – Asia 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 more information around the investor survey, please contact [email protected]

 

Who attends our events

The majority of our attendees are heads of IR from across Greater China who are being recognized for their fantastic contribution to IR. Each participant is someone with an established track record and a strategic IR role within his or her company.

Below is a sample of our attendees:

Job title Company Job title Company
Assistant corporate communications manager Asia Allied Infrastructure Holdings IR director, spokesman Makalot Industrial
Assistant general manager Tencent Holdings IR manager CARsgen Therapeutics Holdings
Assistant IR manager New World Development Company IR manager Central China Real Estate
Assistant SVP Galaxy Entertainment Group IR manager China Merchants  Securities
CFO Far East Consortium International IR manager Renren
CFO Kerry Logistics Network IR manager Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation
CFO and executive director Sa Sa International Holdings IR senior analyst Sihuan Pharmaceutical Holdings
Chief planning & investment officer CK Infrastructure Holdings IR senior manager BizLink Holding
Deputy chief representative-Hong Kong PetroChina IR senior manager MicroPort Scientific Corporation
Deputy head of international public relations Ping An Managing director Rusal
Director Sino-Ocean Land (Hong Kong) Managing director, head of IR NagaCorp
Director of investor relations AIA Company Senior director, investor relations NetDragon Websoft Holdings
Director of investor relations and corporate communications Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Senior director, IRPR Lite-On Technology
Director of IR CLP Holdings Senior IR director Yum China
Director, investor relations Canbridge Pharmaceuticals Senior IR manager Vinda International Holdings
Group senior manager, IR ESR Cayman Senior IR officer China Communications Services Corporation
Head of corporate communication Transcenta Holding Senior IR officer Sun Hung Kai Properties
Head of IR Canvest Environmental Protection Group Senior manager, sustainability & capital markets VPower Holdings
Head of IR Nayuki Holdings Senior public relations manager China Everbright
Head of IR China Life Insurance Company Senior specialist Hon Hai Precision Industry
Head of IR Kunlun Energy SVP, investor relations Fubon Financial Holding
Investor relations director China Resources Beer Vice president SinoPac Holdings
Investor relations officer Travelsky Vice president E.SUN
IR director Chanjet Information Technology Company Vice president, investor relations Sun Hung Kai & Co

 

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Forum: Agenda 2021

The 2022 agenda will be announced shortly. In the meantime, view the agenda below to see what was discussed in 2021.

Timings on the agenda are shown as Hong Kong Standard Time

View the 2021 PDF agenda

  • 09:00 AM
    Platform opens: Meet the attendees

    Welcome to the IR Magazine – Greater China Forum 2021! Head over to networking to meet your fellow attendees ahead of today’s sessions.

  • 09:20 AM
    Opening remarks from the chair

    Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine

  • 09:30 AM
    Macroeconomic trends and investor sentiment on Asian stocks

    To open the forum, this big-picture session will assess key capital markets trends in Greater China. Attendees will hear updates on:

    • Which investors are increasing their presence in Asia in 2021.
    • What the prospects are for economic activity in 2021 and the current financial environment.
    • The emerging listing requirements Asian companies need to be aware of.

    Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine
    Ajay Kapur, Asia Pacific equity and global emerging markets strategist, Bank of America

  • 10:00 AM
    Maximize management’s time: Knowing who is right for your company when targeting new investors

    This session explores the challenges of increasing a company’s shareholder base and targeting international investors. As more investors are reaching out directly to companies, having a robust communication and selection strategy will help IR connect with the right investors. We will discuss:

    • Making the most of management’s time when meeting potential investors: how to know what’s a good fit for your business.
    • Best practice approaches for communicating the company’s specific story to investors new to the region.
    • How to react to the changing role of the sell side in a digital world.

    Tim Human, senior reporter, IR Magazine
    Gerard Chai, managing director, head of investor relations, NagaCorp
    Lisa Lai, director, investor relations, China Telecom
    Jenny Lai, vice president of investor relations, Lenovo

  • 10:45 AM
    Meet attendees from across Asia

    Take some time to connect with other IR professionals from across Asia on our virtual conference platform. Learn from other regional teams and meet new peers in our one-on-one chatroom.

  • 11:00 AM
    Zeroing-in on Net Zero: Is the business community walking the talk on decarbonization pledges?

    The industry is at a critical juncture on the topic of climate change, where companies are committing to reduce their carbon emissions in line with global regulatory and investor pressures. To help issuers get started and share strategies on succeeding with Net Zero, this session will:

    • Identify and mitigate challenges for issuers who have yet to make commitments
    • Provide insight on the differences in issuers’ approaches
    • Share best practice on how issuers can embark on their commitments and how to track progress.

    Steve Wade, head of event content, IR Magazine
    Craig Dougas, vice president, depositary receipts, BNY Mellon

  • 11:30 AM
    A guide to ESG and sustainability reporting across Asia

    Global sustainability goals place social and environmental reporting increasingly in the hands of IR, and a lack of standardization creates additional challenges. To help IR keep up, this session will tackle:

    • How to practically integrate an ESG reporting framework such as TCFD, SASB or GRI.
    • How to deal with new disclosure requirements across Asian stock exchanges, with particular focus on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong’s recently revised rules.
    • What the biggest ESG trends are among international stakeholders.

    Steve Wade, head of event content, IR Magazine
    Philippe Healey, head of government and public affairs, Hill+Knowlton Strategies
    Gareth Hewett, head of international PR, Ping An Insurance
    Shirley Kwok, head of investor relations and sustainability, ENN Energy

  • 12:30 PM
    Meet attendees from across Asia

    Take some time to connect with other IR professionals from across Asia on our virtual conference platform. Learn from other regional teams and meet new peers in our one-on-one chatroom.

  • 12:45 PM
    How to leverage China’s increasing investor presence in Asia

    As China encourages more investment in foreign markets, there are increasing opportunities for Asian IROs to expand their outreach and target new pools of investment. This session will consider the domestic and international factors affecting Chinese companies, investors and their funds, and how Asian IROs can keep up with new opportunities. We will cover:

    • The current capital markets trends in China affecting IR across Asia
    • What digital tools such as WeChat can be used to engage with Chinese investors, and how they can be best used
    • Developments in US – China economic relations and potential implications for Asian companies targeting Chinese investors.

    Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine
    Rui Hua Chang, group managing director, capital markets, ESR Cayman
    Jenny Jie Huang, managing director, APAC, Euroland IR
    Jason Yan, IR director, Guotai Junan International
    Stanley Zhou, IR director, Zhongan Online Insurance

     

  • 13:45 PM
    How has the pandemic changed IR? Keeping up with trends and innovations in IR

    As the world emerges from Covid-19, engagement strategies will need to stay agile. The rise of social media and digital tools are also becoming increasingly relevant in telling the company story. This session will give attendees ideas about:

    • How companies should design their meetings and engagement calendar in the latter half of 2021 and into 2022
    • Which new technologies and digital practices can be applied to increase the effectiveness of a company’s strategy
    • Through which mediums are investors currently engaging with company stories?

    Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine
    Zaf Aziz, head of strategic sales and DR investor relations advisory group, Deutsche Bank
    Benny Liu, managing director and head of China, Citigate Dewe Rogerson
    Nina Zhan, vice president of investor relations, 361 Degrees International

     

  • 14:30 PM
    Closing remarks and networking

    To close the day, take some time to connect with other IR professionals from across Asia on our virtual conference platform. Learn from other regional teams and meet new peers in our one-on-one chatroom.

  • 14:45 PM
    IR Magazine's Greater China Awards

    Join us for a celebration of IR best-in-class for our live awards ceremony!

  • 16:15 PM
    Closing remarks and end of ceremony

Forum: Speakers 2021

To inquire about speaking at the forum, please contact [email protected] or call +44 20 3865 8103


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The IR Magazine Forum & Awards – Greater China brings together some of the most influential people in the IR community.

The event offers an effective approach to targeting clients when they are exploring how they can improve their IR practice. Through our unrivalled knowledge of the subject matter and commitment to in-depth agenda research, our events are guaranteed to attract a qualified audience.

The unique buzz we create at our virtual forums – a far cry from a webinar – makes them multi-faceted and highly interactive with great engagement in particular from heads of IR. This allows our partners to have meaningful conversations with corporates who are deciding which parts of their IR program to invest in, which service providers to engage and consultants to retain. By partnering with us on an event, you can generate leads, showcase your thought leadership and position yourselves as the partner of choice to the IR community.

Not forgetting the unique buzz we create at our virtual awards, becoming a partner will enable you to:

  • Reach thousands of industry leaders through our multi-channel marketing campaign
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  • 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 at the IR Magazine Forum & Awards – Greater China. Get in touch with Ross Ingram or call on +44 78265 38072.

In the last 12 months, IR Magazine’s virtual events have attracted the highest, most diverse and senior attendees and experts in investor relations

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

 

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Download the entry pack containing all of the guidelines and information in one placeClick here

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Don’t worry if you missed the 2021 virtual awards ceremony, you can view the full show below.

 

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