IR Magazine

IR Magazine Forum & Awards
Greater China

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Virtual event: Broadcast live 8.30am - 2.00pm HKT

About the forum & awards

For the past three decades, IR Magazine has honored excellence in investor relations around the world. For 2021, we will continue to recognize and help further IR best practice in a virtual setting. We expect to attract over over 150 senior IR professionals – this internationally renowned event will look 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 forum sessions will be followed by our awards ceremony.

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.


AN INTERACTIVE, VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE

This event will take place as a virtual experience using our bespoke, cutting-edge technology.

Our virtual event platform closely replicates attending in-person by facilitating interaction with speakers, one-to-one networking with fellow IR professionals, and group roundtable discussions. Going virtual helps you connect with a wider network from the comfort of your desk.

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.

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 by the end of September.  

If you have any queries please contact Lauren Wilson at [email protected] or call +44 20 8004 5339.

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

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/complementarity 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/complementarity 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/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 (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

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.

IR Magazine's choice award for innovation in IR

IR Magazine's choice award for innovation in IR

IR Magazine's choice award for innovation in IR recognizes the corporate that has embraced the challenge(s) of the past year and shown perspicacity, invention, resourcefulness and ingenuity. The IR Magazine choice award is unique as the winner isn't chosen by a panel of judges, instead voted on by our esteemed editors. This award, in particular, recognizes the challenging market conditions and the uncertainty faced by companies in the past 12 months.

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.

Click here to view the judges’ biographies.

Paul Milon

ESG specialist, Asia Pacific, BNP Paribas Asset Management

William Tsang

Head of research, Chartwell Capital

Simon Weston

Senior fund manager, AXA Investment Managers

Gabriel Wilson-Otto

Director, sustainable investing, Fidelity International

Garnet Roach

Senior reporter, IR Magazine

What our virtual attendees say

"We had a wonderful experience. Never thought a virtual conference and award ceremony could be that fruitful and exciting. It is definitely one of the best conferences in 2020.
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Pax Global Technology

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

Yue Yuen Industrial (Holdings)

"Congratulations on your successful and wonderful virtual conference held yesterday. It was all smooth with good insights. We are impressed and look forward to joining your event again in 2021."

China Unicom

"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

"The event was very informative and helpful."

Lite-on Technology

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].

Please note that categories are subject to change based on the final research results. 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.

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.

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.

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 (mid-cap)

Best investor relations officer (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.

Best investor relations officer (small cap)

Best investor relations officer (small 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 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
This year’s winners will be announced at our virtual awards ceremony, 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 virtual 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 past attendees:

Job title Company Job title Company
Associate director of IR Budweiser APAC Investor relations manager China Tianlun Gas
AVP – corporate finance and strategy PAX Global Technology Investor relations manager Delta Electronics
CEO Artemis Associates Investor relations manager Kerry Logistics Network
Deputy general manager of Hong Kong office Sinic Holdings (Group) Investor relations manager Sihuan Pharmaceutical Holdings Group
Director of corporate communications and IR Sa Sa International Investor relations manager VPower Group
Director of group sustainability CLP Group IR director China Medical System
Director of investor relations China Telecom IR director ENN Energy
Director of IR and corporate communications Xtep International Holdings IR director Topsports International Holdings
Director, investor relations China Unicom IRO BizLink Holding
General manager, investor relations Pacific Basin Shipping IRO China Resources Cement Holdings
Global head of sustainability research BNP Paribas Asset Management Manager, IR and corporate communications Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group
Group managing director, capital markets and IR ESR Funds Management Managing director, head of investor relations NagaCorp
Head of corporate finance and investor relations China Aoyuan Group Senior director of investor relations Suncity Group Holdings
Head of investor relations Anton Oilfield Services Group Senior director of investor relations Yum China
Head of investor relations BOC Aviation Senior director of sustainability and communications Kerry Properties
Head of investor relations China Life Insurance Company Senior IR & PR manager of IR department China Resources Beer
Head of investor relations Zhenro Properties Group Senior IR manager Nissin Foods Company
Investor relations and corporate finance executive Far East Consortium International Senior manager of capital markets & investor relations CIFI Holdings (Group)
Investor relations director Jiumaojiu International Holdings Senior manager, group investor relations ESR Cayman
Investor relations manager China Reinsurance (Group) Company VP of investor relations Lenovo Group

 

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Forum: Agenda

Timings on the agenda are shown as Hong Kong Standard Time

View PDF agenda here

 

  • 09:00 AM
    Welcome to the IR Magazine Forum – Greater China 2021

    Networking and opening remarks from the chair.

  • 09:30 AM
    Macroeconomic trends and global 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.
  • 10:00 AM
    What is important to investors in Asia? Global investor Q&A

    In this session, attendees can better understand the issues investors in Asia are most concerned about, and have their questions answered live by a panel of global buy-side speakers. Hear feedback on:

    • Expectations of IR professionals in Asian companies from investors across Europe, the US and Asia.
    • What main points investors are looking at when evaluating Asian firms.
    • Which information sources are being used by the buy side to locate potential new companies for investment.
  • 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
    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.
  • 11:45 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.
  • 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 market trends in China affecting IR across Asia.
    • Which digital tools – such as WeChat – can facilitate engagement 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.
  • 13:30 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.
    • The media investors are currently using to engage with company stories?
  • 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: Previous speakers

To inquire about speaking at the forum, please contact [email protected] or call +44 20 8004 4818


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Why partner with us?

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
  • 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 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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